A Scotland Yard commander was accused of misleading parliament tonight after an inquiry found that undercover police were secretly deployed at the G20 protests to spy on activists, contrary to the police chief's denials.Whoops!
Mind you, given the frequency of politicians lying to us, it’s a bit rich of them to complain when it’s done to them, isn’t it?
Commander Bob Broadhurst, who had overall command of the G20 policing operation, told the home affairs select committee in May that "no plain clothes officers [were] deployed at all" during the demonstrations in the City of London.And that, it turned out, was a lie. Or rather, an ‘inadvertantly misleading statement’ as we are apparently now calling them:
It has emerged that 25 undercover City of London police were stationed around the Bank of England to gather "intelligence" on protesters on 1 and 2 April. Broadhurst stands by the evidence he gave to MPs, claiming the deployment of undercover officers was unknown to him.Wasn’t that pretty much the same line Blair used when he stood accused of parroting the line about De Menezes jumping barriers?
These goons aren’t even smart with their lies, are they?
Brake said Broadhurst had "inadvertently misled" parliament, thus revealing a "startling lack of co-ordination" in the top ranks.Actually, I think it shows a lot of co-ordination; when cornered, they all fall back on what they know works.
So, who are the fools here?