The spin and disinformation surrounding the Tory party and press criticism of the Home Office Immigration Minister Beverley Hughes and her boss the Home Secretary David Blunkett, took another turn, yet again not in the House of Commons, but on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
Yesterday, the Conservative Shadow Home Secretary David Davis revealed, slightly against the conventions, through a point of order, that he had received an email from James Cameron, consul in the British Embassy in Bucharest in Romania, claiming that immigration applications which were thought to be dubious or which were backed up with forged documents were stilll being passed by the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate back in the UK, despite the objections of local embassy staff in Romania and Bulgaria.
Both David Davis and David Blunkett appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme just after 8am. David Davis answered the accusation made yesterday as to why he had not revealed the email to the Home Office on 8th March when he got it. He explained that the email had been anonymous, and that without proof he would be unwise to confront the Home Office with it. He claims that the consul phoned him last Wednesday evening (24th March) after he had been suspended by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and that the first opportunity to raise the issue had been yesterday (Monday 29th March) once the story had been checked.
The question was put then why was the consul suspended last week, before the allegations were made public and before David Davis surprised the Home Office with them yesterday.
David Blunkett said:
"I am familiar with Data and Data Retention and Data Access and I'm presuming, because I have no reason to believe otherwise, that they were aware of an email, but not necessarily its content. And , you know, we have debated this in the House, about how "content" and "traffic" as it is called, is a different thing".
He seemed be suggesting that this is what alerted the Foreign Office to the matter of "emailing willy nilly".
Previous media reports suggest that the email was sent from the consul's home rather than from the Embassy.
Does this imply that it is actually David Davis's email account which is under surveillance, rather than that of the embassy whistleblower ? This is an obvious point which the BBC interviewer missed.
David Blunkett claims he will inquire and get the answer to this by 12:30 when he is due to make a ststement in the House of Commons.
David Blunkett also a promised to set up a confidential hotline for whistleblowers within the Home Office so that people no longer have to go to the Shadow Home Secretary - why do these not already exist within every Government Department ?
Those of our readers in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, GCHQ, NCIS etc. might just have rather a busy morning today.