Mr Riddle's intervention raises serious questions as to how Mr Rodhouse can continue in his job under NCA director general Dame Lynne Owens, his old boss from Scotland Yard and Surrey Police.Sure, in a country with the rule of law, who elected top officials on the basis of their competence, not abstract factors like identity group, cronyism or belonging to sinister organisations like Common Purpose.
But we don't live in such a country, do we?
In his letter to Miss Patel, Sir Richard said the 'apparent condoning of police criminality by its notional watchdog, will inevitably give rise to allegations of political manipulation of the police ... an orchestrated cover-up ... and corruption at the highest level'.
Over to you Priti. You're the one where the buck supposedly stops, aren't you?