Others have said it already very worrying; and it seems beyond Jacqui Smith and Gordon Brown, everyone is unanimous that Damian Green’s arrest was heavy handed, and especially that the searching of the Commons office sets a dangerous precedent.
Smith and Brown are currently ‘not interfering’ with the independent police, and refusing to comment. When was the last time they didn’t offer an opinion, even on things well outside the remit of their power. Gordon is forever ‘calling for’ things.
There is a lot to play out on this story, but given the relative prominence given in Tory-leaning and Labour-leaning newspapers, and the comments of the politicians on various sides, I suspect it is the New Labour government who will come out of this worst.