Let’s be crystal clear on this. I view any e-mail that someone sends using their employer’s e-mail system (so it goes out with the employer’s domain name on it) as property of the employer, not private and personal property. This applies moreso to Parliament as it becomes a permanent record for Freedom Of Information Act purposes.
All who work in, for or with Parliament in any way, shape or form have a duty to be open, honest, transparent and acting beyond reproach, in accordance with published codes of conduct. Iain Dale writes about this too.
Just as in the failure of Jacqui Smith’s husband to adhere to a standard of professional conduct (expecting the taxpayer to pay for porn is a failure), so Mr McBride has also failed. But there appears to be much more maliciousness in Mr McBride’s conduct.