The Shadow Minister was doing his job- part of which is to embarrass the Government. That is how things work in a democracy. Only totalitarian states use the police to intimidate the Opposition.
Or so we thought.
Or perhaps Britain under Gordon Brown is a totalitarian state.
The story has been overshadowed by events in Mumbai. That's a shame. Here's a discussion of the ins and outs of the affair- fair-minded as usual- from my favourite newspaper columnist, Matthew Parris.
I was softening towards Gordon Brown. He has- ever since banks started collapsing left, right and centre- looked like a man who knows what he's doing. This affair is a reminder of how clumsy and anti-democratic his instincts- and those of his government- are.
Reminder to self: You must never, ever cast a vote in support of Gordon Brown, or anyone remotely connected with him.