Saturday, 28 April 2012

Alan Johnson, a former British minister with a small brain



Alan Johnson, former British Minister of the Interior, who stepped down in May 2010, argued yesterday that Theresa May put pressure on the Portuguese government to reopen the investigation into Maddie case. Perhaps this low quality politician has a bad habit, from the time when he was UK-s Interior Minister – giving orders to judges, magistrates and public prosecutor’s. I thought that, in UK, the rule of Law and the independence of the courts was something respected by the Government, since long time ago.
But when I read Mr. Alan Johnson remarks, I realized I may be wrong. In most democratic countries, it’s unacceptable a Government member calling a judge or a public prosecutor and tell them what to do about a crime case. But it seems that Mr. Alan Johnson see this procedure as something normal. I wonder how many times he gave orders to public prosecutors and/or judges. And I also wonder what kind of magistrates, judges and public prosecutors they have in UK, in order to allow a Government member to give them orders.
Anyway, after a few searches online, I found a answer to my questions. It seems that Mr. Alan Johnson was also a very sensitive Interior Minister, who took a great care not to disturb some people and be a nice politician, in their eyes. Like, for example, when he “blocked an independent inquiry into Scotland Yard’s phone hacking investigation in 2009”, as the Leveson Inquiry heard, last March (according to the “Mail Online”:
“Sir Denis O’Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, said he wanted to examine the case because it raised ‘substantial public confidence issues. But he told the inquiry that his proposed review ‘never really got off the ground’ because the then Home Secretary Alan Johnson had ‘no appetite’ for it.” I still have a question: what changed the former Minister’s “appetite” and made him be so enthusiast about the necessity of putting pressure over the Portuguese Government (????) to reopen Maddie’s case?