Whatever you think about the Met Police (and let’s be honest they have a shit reputation), there’s no denying that Bernard Hogan-Howe wiped the floor today at the HoC select committee.
When faced with questioning from political weirdo Tim Loughton and all-round sicko Keith Vaz about Operation Midland’s investigation into VIP paedophiles, BHH stood his ground and refused to be bullied into apologising.
According to the Guardian:
” Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, has refused to apologise for his force’s investigation into sexual abuse allegations against former army chief Lord Bramall in the face of a grilling from MPs.
Appearing before the home affairs select committee on Tuesday, a defiant Hogan-Howe said he would not be “bullied” into saying sorry for the force’s handling of claims against Bramall, who was ultimately told by police he would face no further action.
The 92-year-old former chief of defence staff and Normandy veteran was interviewed under caution last April by Metropolitan police officers working on controversial murder and abuse investigation Operation Midland. His home in Farnham, Surrey, was raided by 20 officers but he has not been formally arrested and has always denied the allegations. His wife, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and has since died, was at home at the time of the raid.
MPs on the committee pushed Hogan-Howe to apologise for the force’s investigation and the length of time it took to inform Bramall that he faced no further action.
Asked by Tim Loughton if he would apologise given the coverage given to Bramall’s case, Hogan-Howe said: “If you want me to be bullied into apologising that isn’t going to happen.
“I can’t say that I am [going to apologise], not at the moment. I’ve said that at least four times today.”
Scotland Yard was also scrutinised over its inquiry, which was eventually dropped, into a claim that former home secretary Leon Brittan raped a 19-year-old woman known as “Jane” in 1967.
Lord Brittan, who denied the allegation, was interviewed under caution in May 2014 while suffering from terminal cancer. He died in January last year, aged 75.
Hogan-Howe later apologised to Brittan’s widow in person for not telling her earlier that her husband would not have been prosecuted over the allegation if he had been alive.
Asked how the Brittan and Bramall cases differed, Hogan-Howe told the committee: “There was something to apologise for in our delay in telling her about the outcome of the inquiry and in Lord Bramall’s case … there is nothing clearly to apologise for.”
Loughton argued that a disproportionate time was taken up by Brittan and Bramall’s cases due to their high-profile status, which had undermined confidence in the force.
“I couldn’t disagree more,” the commissioner fired back. “In this case [Bramall] it’s not possible to apologise for an investigation. We don’t treat anyone differently by their background, or only apologise to people because they’re famous.”
Of course, as Hogan-Howe is a fully signed up member of the British Establishment he’s no doubt being put under extreme pressure behind the scenes to close Operation Midland by Mi5 and MP’s ( with subtle and not so subtle threats being made).
Because the very last thing they want is for the truth to emerge about Britain’s sordid VIP paedophile network which has seen thousand upon thousand of innocent children abused and murdered for decades.
But despite that the truth will out anyway.
It’s only a matter of time.