Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Agreeing (ever so slightly) with Blair

Anti-terrorist police were right to launch a major raid in Forest Gate, London, during which an innocent man was shot, an independent watchdog concluded yesterday. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) described the raid as a "terrifying experience" for those involved and they deserved a public apology. Scotland Yard insisted last night that it would not make that apology, having already apologised "three times" last year.
Perhaps, more importantly, the investigators upheld Scotland Yard's central decision to mount the operation and the tactics used. Having reviewed the intelligence, the IPCC found that "the police decision to mount the operation was necessary and proportionate in the light of that information". The commission's report was quickly branded a "whitewash" by the family targeted. Credit where credit's due: Tony Blair reiterated his support for the police. "I think the police in trying to prevent British people being victims of terrorism do an excellent job... Sometimes I think they're in a way damned if they do, damned if they don't. If they take strong action they're liable to be criticised. But ... if they failed to take strong action and it transpired afterwards that they'd been advised there was a problem, they'd be attacked even more strongly." Exactly.
No institution, especially law enforcement is infallible, due to the extreme cases individual police officers have to confront. The injured, somewhat bearded, person concerned (pictured above) will have received the best free medical services possible and will no doubt receive the equivalent of a major lotto win in compensation. Pardon me if I refuse to weep, wail, gnash my teeth and bemoan the lot of the families concerned. If it takes the police 10 mistakes to respond to one real threat then so be it…. For once I'm on Tony's side as far as police tactics are concerned. In a wider sense, the terrorist threat must not, however, tempt democracies into undermining their own values as Sir Ken Macdonald, head of the Crown Prosecution Service warned last week.

8 comments:

Newmania said...

Ye IT me too. I would say that the police are pretty good at this. Its absolutely everything else they are useless at.

CityUnslicker said...

Sir Ken, it transpires, was jsut trying to generate business for his mistress.

The wolrd is so complex.

As for Tony, for once he has the courage to say the right thing. Also he knows that this constituency are going to vote Respect anyway.

istanbultory said...

N, good to see that you are still in the land of the living. CU, the loss of Labour's Muslim bloc vote is a major, major problem for Labour esp. in London, Birminghama nd other urban areas. The Lib Dems stand to benefit as much as RESPECT/SWP though.

Colin said...

So IT, you find yourself in agreement with mr Blair??

Ellee said...

This is definitely a no win situation.

Peter Hitchens said...

The fuckers should both have been tagged on the spot for being in possession of an offensive beard.
Yet again the Met cock things up.
HEAD SHOTS LADS, HEAD SHOTS!

Peter Hitchens schlong said...

Better safe than sorry.

peter hitchens schlong said...

I suggest a good, old-fashioned cut throat razor be applied to these offensive beards asap.