Andrew Mitchell, the former Tory chief whip whose career appeared to be over after allegations that he had called a policeman a "fucking pleb", is expected to return in a senior European post, it emerged on Sunday.
David Cameron and his most senior civil servant, Sir Jeremy Heywood, have been criticised by an all-party committee of MPs over the way they handled the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" controversy.
Scotland Yard detectives investigating the "plebgate" saga have made a second arrest.
There is no love lost between the Police Federation and the Conservatives as Whitehall presses on with cuts to officers' pay and pensions and slashes the police budget by 20%, removing 16,000 officers from the streets.
Downing Street turned its fire on the Metropolitan police when it called for an investigation into the "exceptionally serious" allegation that a serving police officer fabricated evidence against the government's former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
David Cameron, who is often accused of taking a lackadaisical approach to the business of running the country, left nothing to chance this week.
Andrew Mitchell, the embattled chief whip, was struggling to clear his name on Tuesdsay after Boris Johnson claimed that police were "wholly right" to threaten him with arrest for swearing at them.
Andrew Mitchell, the government chief whip, is facing fresh pressure after the full police log of his confrontation with armed officers in Downing Street was published.
The Conservative chief whip, Andrew Mitchell, who allegedly swore and ranted at a Downing Street police officer, faced calls for his resignation as the row over what exactly he said escalated.
Rudeness is back in the news today.