Additionally, I believe that Dominic Grieve has perverted the course of justice in his actions and failures to act in this matter.
That, if substantiated, would mean that the UK Attorney General has committed a serious criminal offence.
In his letter of 2nd August 2011 to my Member of Parliament it is clear that Dominic Grieve is determined to "tough it out".
He has little choice.
If he admits that he lied to Parliament about a matter as serious as the suspected murder of Dr. David Kelly then Dominic Grieve's career is over.
Both his political career and legal career.
Would you vote for a parliamentary candidate who had perverted the course of justice with regard to a suspected murder?
Would you employ a lawyer who had perverted the course of justice with regard to a suspected murder?
To whom, if anyone, is Dominic Grieve accountable?
In his letter of 2nd August 2011 Mr. Grieve hints at how he may potentially be held to account for his actions and failures.
Like all Ministers I am appointed, and can be dismissed, by the Prime Minister. However, when exercising functions in the public interest I act independently of Government and am answerable to Parliament and to the Courts for my decisions."
It seems to me that there are three possible mechanisms hinted at whereby Dominic Grieve can, potentially, be held to account:
- In Parliament. As far as I can ascertain lying to the House of Commons is a "contempt of Parliament". The most appropriate mechanism to secure scrutiny of Mr. Grieve's lies to the House of Commons is unclear. Three possible routes appear to exist - the Speaker of the House of Commons, the chairman of the Standards and Privileges and Committee and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
- The civil Courts - I hope that those who lodged the formal "Memorial" are seriously considering seeking Judicial Review of Mr. Grieve's scandalous statement to the House of Commons and the decision which underlies it.
- The criminal Courts - It seems to me, and others, that Dominic Grieve may have committed the serious criminal offences of Misconduct in Public Office and Perverting the Course of Justice. Those are offences which can be reported to the Police, as I understand the situation.
- There is a fourth "court" where Dominic Grieve may be held accountable for his lies - the court of public opinion. It is unlikely that he had that in mind in his letter. But as James Murdoch and others are discovering the court of public opinion has its own, if rather unpredictable, powers.
It seems to me that it would be an appalling outcome if Dominic Grieve gets away with lying to the House of Commons with the effect of perverting the course of justice with respect to the suspected murder of Dr. David Kelly.