Yet Conservative Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, who, having attempted to wheel his bicycle through the wrong gate at Downing Street, strongly berated a police officer who had directed him to the correct gate, has apparently got off scot free.
His harangue apparently included a fair measure of bad language including the word “pleb”.
The matter was raised with Prime Minister David Cameron, who agreed Mr Mitchell was wrong, but said that he had taken this up with him. As a result, an apology had been given to the police officer, which was accepted (what choice did the officer have?). The Prime Minister then declared himself “satisfied” with this outcome.
There is a very big difference in the treatment of these similar cases, each involving a high-profile figure. Can we really accept, in the light of Mr Terry’s punishment, that the PM has dealt with Mr Mitchell properly?