Friday, 10 April 2020
"Who Are You Going To Believe, Me Or Your Lying Eyes (and Ears)?"
That's Stephen Mold, the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, trying desperately to explain away the extraordinary outburst by his Chief Constable.
The one he made on camera.
To the world's media.
As Twitter was quick to point out.
That's not a 'clumsy' message. That's a very clear message. And it was clear enough for the Home Secretary to emerge from wherever she's been hiding in the past week and slap him down firmly.
Now, people I like and follow on Twitter have said that this isn't a sign of an incompetent out of his depth, that he's a very good police leader and has improved the force.
But given that someone in his position should a) know the law, and the limitations and b) have received expensive media handling training...then questions need to be asked.