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The Tank can't help but think that people are missing the point about the whole "Oliver Letwin throwing away cabinet papers in a St James's Park bin" scandal, which will presumably be dubbed Park-gate, Letwin-gate or maybe even "Oliver's barmy" before the day is out.
"Mr Letwin, 55, had not even bothered to shred the papers and made only a half-hearted attempt to rip some up before ditching them," goggled the Mirror. "In one astonishing scene, he even hands a bundle straight to a rubbish collector."
According to the Guardian, one of the documents thrown away by Letwin described how intelligence chiefs "failed to get the truth" about Britain's involvement in terrorist interrogations. In terms of shock state revelations, that's a bit like finding a leaked document detailing how David Cameron is a bit posh.
Never one to turn down a seat on a bandwagon, Labour leader Ed Miliband took aim, accusing David Cameron's chief policy adviser of "treating important papers with contempt" and engaging in "very strange behaviour".
Subsequent demands for an investigation by shadow minister Michael Dugher then prompted Conservative MP, and Sceptic Tank hero, Zac Goldsmith to tweet: "How is Oliver Letwin working in the Park newsworthy?! Whoever in Labour has asked for (yet another) Inquiry should be put to sleep." All of which sounds fair enough, assuming you ignore the fact that the MP for Richmond appears to be channeling Tony Soprano.
Clearly, Zac should talk to Blur, a band of diminishing returns who, at their apogee, deemed the morning goings-on at a local park worthy as the title of their finest album.
It is a shame, really. We'd expect Zac, of all people, to pick up on Letwin's biggest gaffe, a fault of which his Westminster colleagues seem equally culpable.
Yes, surely the major issue here – and presumably the final nail in the coffin of the 'greenest government ever' claims – was that Letwin shamelessly and without remorse tossed paper into the trash, flagrantly ignoring the recycling facilities.
In fact, only a spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office seems to have grasped the gravity of the situation.
"Clearly, it's not a sensible way to dispose of documents," she conceded, adding that "Mr Letwin has agreed he will not dispose of documents in this way again".
We, for one, look forward to Letwin's new green waste policy and hope it will rub off on some of his seemingly less eco-friendly colleagues. Yes, we're looking at you, Osborne.
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