The ending to this affair is a major embarrassment for a lot of people. Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, continues to face questions about her job performance and about the relationship between the Home Office and police officials. As polls continue to indicate that Labour is getting ready to drive off an electoral cliff it continually appears that the Home Secretary is helping to steer the party into oblivion.
Scotland Yard continues to reel. The Green affair and accusations of misconduct and abuse towards protesters at the G20 summit continue to put the police under a harsh light. Some serious reform might be in order for Scotland Yard.
Speaker Michael Martin and House of Commons staff also do not come of well because they did not do a good job protecting the rights of Parliament or MPs. One of the main jobs of the Speaker is to protect the privileges of the Commons and its members. There is some question about whether the Speaker will stand at the next election. This episode may sway his mind towards standing down.
Damien Green the Tory MP whose arrest started this whole affair perhaps summed it up best when he said "I cannot think of a better symbol of an out of touch, authoritarian, failing government that has been in power for for too long." That is why it looks like there will be sweeping changes next spring.