We're being invited to consider the proposition that trust in the police will be eroded if officers are not disciplined for telling lies about an MP.
Chief Constables are summoned to appear before the high and mighty Keith Vaz. The Home Secretary criticises West Mercia police, while the best the local Police and Crime Commissioner can do in an effort to get into the picture is to beg for a meeting with Mrs May.
Scarcely a month passes but some police officer or other picks on an innocent or even helpful member of the public. They are not, of course, summoned to Mr Vaz's Star Chamber. For they are not victimising MPs.
Disciplining of police officers is in any case often ineffective. They often resign or retire before any action can be taken against them. No wonder public trust in the police is falling.
It's not even as if the unpleasant Andrew Mitchell is a particularly deserving case. Why this pompous man should think it necessary for the main security gates to Downing Street to be opened in order to let him and his bicycle through was and still is a mystery. He's admitted swearing at police, which someone in his position just should not do.
In any case the man is unfit to be a minister. At DIFID he lobbed out increasing millions of pounds in overseas aid which we have not got, often with minimal auditing of how our money was spent. And this is a man now spoken of a possible EU Commissioner.
Well, he should be at home among the authoritarian big spenders. And he'll be able to give the bike a miss too.
Would I rather spend an evening with Andrew Mitchell or Keith Vaz?
I'll take the washing up.