Damian Green: 'This is a real personal blow for Theresa May', says political commentator

Damian Green: 'This is a real personal blow for Theresa May', says political commentator

Damian Green made 'inaccurate and misleading' statements

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Sacking Damian Green really says something about Theresa May because she's known the for so long and it's a blow for her, according to a political commentator. 

Damian Green has been "asked to quit" after it was found he made "inaccurate and misleading" statements over allegations that in 2008 pornography was discovered on his office computer.

Political commentator Andy McSmith told Mike Graham and Saira Khan: "It says something for Theresa May that she looked at it and she thought 'he’s got to go.'

"Even though they’ve known each other from university and she knows Damian Green's wife, it's a real personal blow for her."

McSmith, the former political editor of the Independent on Sunday, also said: "So many political scandals way through the ages, going right back to Watergate all those years ago, the problem is not what somebody’s done in the first place but their attempts to cover up what they did.

"It’s because it’s a sort of mindset. Most of their lives they’re up in Parliament they've got to defend themselves.

"When the opposition attacks you in Parliament you don’t sit there thinking 'what is the actual truth about this?', you think 'what line can I take to defend what I'm doing?'

"Damian Green has applied the same principle when he's [been] accused of something by the police."

McSmith believes politicians are "judged more by your ability to convince other people you're doing a good job than by whether you’re actually doing a good job."

He also added: "There’s no system now by which ordinary people are pulled up and got into Parliament."

Listen to the full interview above

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