Goodbye Sir Ian Blair
Fearless prediction of the day: Sir Ian Blair, Chief of the Metropolitan Police (London), won't be in his post in a month. That follows his astonishing inept handling of the aftermath of the shooting of the innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.
It probably won't be the disgraceully hysterical policing that led to the shooting down of an innocent man by police that does for him - though it should. The inquiry will be dragged out long enough, and the water muddied enough (where did those CCTV tapes go?) that the media will have him out before then for his personal actions. (This post* does an excellent job of outlining what went wrong, so I won't go over this ground again.)
But the man who keeps questioning why "so much fuss" is being made over the police shooting rather than the criminal bombings (Excuse me - you're the state and you killed one of your own citizens for no reason at all) and who makes an unbelievable joke of his response when told - he says 24 hours after the shooting on learning of the mistake he thought "Houston, we have a problem" - is sure to keep making so many errors that the politicians already emerging like football chairmen to express "total confidence in the manager" will soon be changing their tune.
There's only one thing I'm worried about. I'm agreeing with Tim Hames. That's never happened before.
* Found on Britblog Roundup No 27, in which yours truly also has a humble part.