Thursday, October 02, 2008

No tears for Blair

"Britain's top policeman" Sir Ian Blair managed to annoy just about everyone save a few Ken Livingstone supporters, and a gaggle of special interest groups, so there won't be much mourning now that Boris Johnson has, in effect, forced him to resign:

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has announced his resignation after three years in the job.

He said London mayor Boris Johnson, who took over as chairman of the police authority on Wednesday, had told him he wanted a "change in leadership".

Sir Ian said that "without the mayor's backing I do not think I can continue in the job".
Blair was doomed, of course, from the moment he denied he was going to leave. Look at the two circled headlines in the screencap below (click to enlarge):

3 comments:

JuliaM said...

Interestingly enough, in their story this morning about yet another little cash payment funneled to a close friend, the 'Mail' was quoting insiders saying that they were determined he would not go, so as to be placed as the scapegoat following the De Menezes inquest.

If true (and it's very suspicious that he's gone now, and is quoting it's all Boris's doing), who is being lined up to be the fall guy (or gal) now...?

Peter Risdon said...

The tradition with the police is for the fall guy to have "retired" and be out of the picture, gardening, or playing golf.

dearieme said...

"Blair", of course, is a Gaelic word meaning "worse than useless".