The motive as much as the action should be of concern

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Tory vice-chairman Michael Fabricant may appear to be wearing a wig for a bet – but an astute observation occasionally emerges from beneath that unlikely thatch.

Commenting on the latest developments in the Plebgate row, he said: ‘The problem Andrew Mitchell has is that if Michael Gove had been accused it would be hard to believe, because he is invariably polite and courteous.’

The implication is clear – and it begs an obvious question for prime minister David Cameron as he ponders his next move.

If police officers really did try to stitch up his former Chief Whip (and this has yet to be proved) why did they pick on him?

It’s the motive as much as the action that he should be concerned about.