....as will soon be said to Sir Ian Blair
The embattled Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, has been told that his contract will not be renewed and that he should start planning for retirement, senior police officials have disclosed.
The Met chief, who has survived a series of demands for his resignation, was notified in a private conversation that his plea for a second term had been rejected and the search for his replacement will begin soon. The decision is a grave blow to Blair, who has previously spoken of his desire to stay on until after the 2012 London Olympics.
Hoping for a front row seat at the high jump, was he...? So, who's likely to succeed him? Well, according to the 'Times', the front runners are:
Speculation has focused on Sir Hugh Orde, head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and Sir Paul Scott-Lee, chief constable of West Midlands police, Britain’s second largest force.
Hmm, I think recent developments
might scotch that
"I think recent developments might scotch that one!"
Don't be so sure. Sir Paul's distinguished presence (along with Gordo and the soon-to-be-retired Sir ian Blair) at this exercise in multi-culti communal politics - the inaugural conference of the National Association of Muslim Police - won't do him any harm with the appointments committee at the Home Office.
Obviously there is no coincidence between Sir Paul's attendance at this event and the contemporaneous attempt by West Midlands Police to indict Channel 4.
No, of course not.... ;)
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