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By Boiler
From the Guardian's former crime correspondent:

Cressida Dick could not solve the Met’s problems. She could barely admit they existed

Speaking after the revelations that two male officers had taken pictures of the scene where sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry lay fatally stabbed, Dick’s apology was so heavily qualified as to be no apology at all.

“If those officers’ actions have added to the family’s unimaginable distress then I apologise,” she said.

The mayor of London was true to his word, when on Thursday he withdrew his support, and she was forced to resign.
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By Andy McDandy
Marina Hyde on Cressida Dick. An absolute cracker of a column.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ad-coppers

Hard to pick out highlights, because it's just that good. But still, the opening paras made me chortle:
“I was absolutely outraged by the level of casual and extreme corruption that was being portrayed as the way the police is,” Dick told the magazine. “It’s so far from that. The standards and professionalism are so high.” Mmm. It was left to the show’s creator, Jed Mercurio, to offer a little background. “My inspiration for creating Line of Duty was @metpoliceuk shooting an innocent man and their dishonesty in the aftermath,” he explained icily, “so thanks to Cressida Dick for reminding me of our connection.”
And it gets better!
“The moment when the home secretary made a pass at the protection officer was just beyond me, I’m afraid.” And yet, beyond her how? Beyond her why? In recent memory, a police protection officer had been dismissed for allegedly having an affair with the wife of the then home secretary, Alan Johnson. At the time, the special operations directorate to which he reported was being run by one Cressida Dick.
Ending on this sober note:
Trust is the very hardest thing to get back, and trust in the police and in politicians is demonstrably nosediving. Both have only themselves to blame. If there’s some great moral difference between police officers making rape and domestic violence jokes, and politicians claiming it doesn’t matter at all if the prime minister breaks the law, then I’d love to hear it. But there isn’t.
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By Andy McDandy
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ter-system

Not many laughs today, but a powerful piece on the Post Office scandal.
Post Office CEO Paula Vennells gets a CBE in the year 2019 (TWENTY NINETEEN), and then gets made both chair of London’s Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust and something called “a non-executive board member of the Cabinet Office”, presumably because the government thought it important to bring in our brightest brains from business. By way of an inspired satirical touch, Paula also moonlighted as an Anglican priest and as a member of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group. (She has since “stepped back” from these positions.) In 2019, after the Post Office agreed to pay nearly £58m to settle claims, Vennells issued a statement saying “I am truly sorry we were unable to find both a solution and a resolution outside of litigation and for the distress this caused.”

Ah. Students of apology types may have identified this as the classic sorry-that-we-just-HAD-to-hound-you-into-court apology. It’s a real pro move, and your inability to execute it is why you, an amateur, live in fear of losing your livelihood, while hotshots like Paula & Co take millions and get bumped up into first class on the gravy train, no matter how monstrous their screw-ups.
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By Andy McDandy
I said this earlier on That Twitter:
Admit a system failure which will mean replacing it (£££), dismissing senior staff (£££) and compensating the wrongly accused (£££££)? Or blame underlings and hope the next software patch fixes it (££)? And that hopefully you can ride it out as "just following the rules"?
Which I suspect was the reasoning. See also the narrator's "Do we order a recall?" monologue from Fight Club.
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By Andy McDandy
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ian-leader

Marina Hyde takes a break from Johnson and turns to Putin. Not her best, going not much beyond "What is it with these sad needy bastards crying out for special attention when they've already arguably won?". Still though, better than 99% of columnists out there.
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By Andy McDandy
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... -partygate

John Crace on the decision to scrap Covid rules. He's not impressed.
The Labour leader had grabbed the stick by the wrong end yet again, he said. Except he really hadn’t. Only Johnson didn’t care. No more than he did when other opposition MPs asked why it was that the World Health Organization and the British Medical Association weren’t backing the changes. Or that there were no safeguards to protect the clinically vulnerable from being infected by their carers. Or countless other serious objections to plans that had been made on the hoof. Just rely on personal responsibility. Said the man without any.

Because this was all about him feeling the love from his own backbenchers. A national health policy designed only to please 250 or so Tory MPs. And in that respect, it appeared to be wholly successful. Because not a single one found fault with a word he had said. The intellectually challenged Graham Brady sought guarantees that there would be no more lockdowns. The equally intelligent Edward Leigh merely asked for a guarantee of no more lockdowns for 10 years – the length of time he expected the Suspect to remain prime minister. Really.

John Redwood wondered if the same ingenuity that Johnson had used on the pandemic could be applied to the cost-of-living crisis. That would be billions of pounds of state aid and several tax rises. So much for the free-marketeers. But the prize for maximum stupidity and toadying went to Matt Hancock. He declared it was entirely down to Johnson’s self-restraint and personal responsibility that the UK was now the first country to have seen the back of the pandemic. To think he was health secretary once. How badly must he want to be loved by Boris.
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