Hames retired from the force in August 1994, after suffering a mild heart attack the year before and undergoing angioplasty. His first book, The Dirty Squad, is an account of his career that includes supervision of the aftermath of the 1983 Harrods bombing and a raid on a brothel during which a man in pinstriped suit announced that he was not only an MP, but a minister.
“That was before the end of Communism and, through a politician friend, I informed the PM, Mrs Thatcher,” Hames recalls. “I noticed that the man, a junior minister, was quietly dropped later in a reshuffle.”
Other than the lead that this highlights about a junior minister it also throws light on how Margaret Thatcher chose to deal with criminal behaviour within her government (It’s not as though it was shoplifting). It’s very damaging to her reputation in my opinion.
Note: This is not the senior Ex-Minister who later went on to get a promotion and who would not have been described as a junior minister even at that time.