Civil servants are meant to be politically neutral. Sir David Normington (Permanent Secretary at the Home Office) is very close to the point at which his political neutrality would be in question.
There have been some very serious questions about the accuracy of the information given to the Met by the Home Office in relation to the arrest of Damian Green MP. The scale of the police operation was in response to the sensitivity of the leaked information, information which we now know was embarrassing but not sensitive. As head of the Home Office civil service team that "spicing up" is ultimately Sir David's fault.
Sir David has now publicly commented on the resignation of Sir Ian Blair. He should not do so. The reasons that Boris lost confidence in Sir Ian were valid and numerous and Sir Ian did the right thing in standing down.
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