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A brief observation on the fall of Ian Blair

Or a thousand years ago, pt II.

I cannot say I will miss the man, but for once now is not the time for character assassinations. However, given the great monsoons of cant raining down from all points Left at the moment, I ask readers of my vintage - or older - to cast their minds back to the pretty well entirely forgotten James Anderton, former head of the Manchester police, AKA God's Cop.

Anderton was robust in his faith and was given to making comments on homosexuals that were some way beyond his brief:

"His personal Christian beliefs, his fearlessness in expressing them and his hard-line moral stance made him the scourge of the liberal left and frequently brought into question his suitability to run Greater Manchester Police.

In some ways Anderton was a paradoxical figure - regarded by many as probably Greater Manchester's most popular senior officer, and by others as the very worst".

How long would he have lasted as head of the Met had Livingstone had the ability to 'persaude' him to go, I wonder?

As a footnote, I will offer the usual odds (Lombard Street to a rotten orange) that Blair will have wormed his way into any number of quangos by this time next year.

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Blogger Blue Eyes said... 2:26 pm

Are you suggesting that the left might not be bleating so hard if Ian Blair hadn't been their favourite copper?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:31 pm

It's a fair cop.

(Rim shot).  

Blogger Unsworth said... 7:50 pm

"now is not the time for character assassinations"

OK. Let me know when you're ready.  

Blogger Andrew Allison said... 8:59 pm

It's been some time since I last thought of James Anderton. I have been reminded of a 1980s, modern version of The Mikado, produced by Jonathan Miller. When it came to Ko-Ko's little list, they referred to him and David Jenkins, the then Bishop of Durham. 'Bishops that don't believe in God, Chief Constables that do, I've got 'em on the list!'  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:57 pm

Lombard Street to a rotten orange might not such bad odds these days.

After all, you can throw the orange away and that's the end of it.


Blogger Croydonian said... 3:20 pm

Good point well made.  

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