PC Nicola Hughes, 23, and PC Fiona Bone, 32 have died during an operation which led to the arrest of a man wanted by Greater Manchester Police.
Suddenly, as if by magic, Tory politicians love us again as they fall over each other to simper about how dangerous and special this job can be. Don’t watch the Sky News coverage unless you have blood-pressure tablets handy. They started to suggest GMP are to blame with indecent haste.
Police said both unarmed officers suffered fatal injuries during a “routine operation” in Hattersley, Tameside.Oh, the clamour for guns, or even for just routine carrying of Taser, anything rather than be armed with 'just a stick!' as Shijuro pointed out to the 'Daily Mail'.
Of course, we should remember (from De Menezes and Duggan) not to trust the first police statements emanating from an incident, shouldn't we?
Because it soon transpired that they weren't unarmed. One of them had a Taser.
And then on Thursday, WHOOOOSH! Look at those goalposts go!
We'll leave aside the fact that you don't always know you're going to a gunfight (we don't even know if the Taser was fired!). We'll leave aside the fact that the last three police polls on arming have been overwhelmingly in favour of the status quo.
We'll just consider the blatant opportunism displayed there, from someone who just adores to snipe at politicians for their own opportunism...