A former Tory MP who manhandled a Greenpeace protester who invaded a back tie dinner in the City broke the ministerial code of conduct, an investigation into the incident found today.Well, in that case, it's not worth the paper it's printed on...
A Cabinet Office probe today found that he was 'justified in intervening to try to stop' Ms Barker reaching the top table as protesters disrupted the beginning of then-chancellor Philip Hammond's speech.Wait! So...what's the problem?
But it also found that, although he had to make a 'split-second decision', he did not need to use force to stop her.How does this civil servant sitting in his comfortable office suggest he should have handled it, then?
The Prime Minister's independent adviser on ministerial standards Sir Alex Allan said that he 'had the option of simply blocking her way' during the incident in London's Mansion House.
Or he could have waited for 'others to shepherd her out rather than pushing her by the neck out of the room and down the stairs'.That sums up the modern civil service way, I suppose: "Get someone else to do it..."