As Dan Hodges tweeted earlier: “So we’re arresting Sun hacks but releasing Abu Qatada.”
Indeed. An extremist preacher who wishes death and destruction on the people of this country, and who is wanted abroad to face trial on terrorist charges, is being released, when only a few days ago police swooped in dawn raids on the homes of journalists.
I am not suggesting that the goings-on at The Sun require no investigation. Of course not. I merely observe that the police approach is heavy-handed.
The contrast will, I suspect, also strike many Britons as odd. For years now it has seemed that there is something increasingly screwy about the British set-up. The machinery of the justice system seems frequently misdirected. Our courts can so easily be over-ruled by foreign courts and there seems to be nothing that the people we send to Westminster can do about it.
This has crept up on us British gradually, but on a day like today it looks completely, starkly, dotty. Would Americans, on either the left or right, stand for it? Not for five minutes. The US is a sovereign country, and it takes press freedom seriously.