Let's get the first bit out of the way quite categorically - Andy Coulson, like everyone else is innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law. I have made no comment on the facts of the case or the allegations - not simply because I don't have those details but also to comply with the law of the land and to ensure any accused person (whoever they may be) is able to get a fair trial if that's what the Crown decides.
Now that's out of the way - perhaps I can explain the comments that seem to have upset so may prop,e particularly for some puzzling reason some Scottish tweeple.
I said last night that I felt it disproportionate to send 7 Scottish police officers to London to arrest and transport Andy Coulson to Glasgow. I stated my view that if the Metropolitan Police wanted to arrest a Glasgow resident in similar circumstances, rather than subjecting them to a 7 hour drive, they'd have given that person the opportunity to attend a police station by appointment and to be dealt with in a considered manner.
I do not believe that anyone, whoever they may be should receive special treatment - and actually, a point missed by many is that it's for this reason that I have reservations about the way in which Andy Coulson's arrest was executed. I do not believe had the intended prisoner been Joe Bloggs of ordinary street that the taxpayer would have been picking up the bill for 7 fully warranted police officers to travel 500 miles and transport a prisoner in this way. It is a real testament to what remains of the system of "English law" which operates in England and Wales that such behaviour is still considered a bit over the top - and while I fully admit that I have no idea what the strategy of the arresting officers is or was, I think it's highly noteworthy if nothing else for someone to be arrested in London, by Scottish Police Officers, acting under Scottish law with no redress to the usual rights conferred by the police and criminal evidence act 1984 in all but the most urgent circumstances.
I do not seek to defend Andy Coulson personally in this blogpost since to do so would be to prejudge his case, and as I say, I simply do not know the facts. My view that the circumstances surrounding the arrest were exceptional stand - and I don't have any truck with small minded twitter abusers who wish to silence fair comment and opinion when it does not affect the freedoms or rights of others. It's a hysterical reaction to the fact that Andy Coulson's name has been mentioned.
It's as simple as thos - if you wouldn't like it happening to your granny, you shouldn't like it happening to anyone.... no?