It’s a simple question. Do you think that Sir Ian Blair, head of the Metroplitan Police, should resign folllowing the intense criticisms of how the London police dealt with the shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes? The force broke health and safety laws when officers pursued Mr Menezes to a Tube station and shot him seven times, mistaking him for a terror suspect.
Health and Safety laws???? Look, militant Islam was AT WAR with London during the month of July 2005 and the officers concerned were doing their best to protect the innocent population. Yes, the Menezes killing was wrong and yes, the force needs to learn lessons from it but the awful truth is that if you want to apportion blame for the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, blame those Islamists who had already slaughtered Londoners and who were planning more attacks at that time. I do think Sir Ian should resign but that is because I believe that he, just like his predecessor, is a liberal politician first and a police officer second. I have heard him undermine his police force be agreeing they are institutionally racist for example, so we need less like him.