What a humiliation for the most renowned policing organisation in the world.
ザ・ クレシダ・ディックは、会った警官に「十分だ」と警告します, home to Scotland Yard and the benchmark by which all other forces were once measured, has collapsed into special measures.
Citing a string of scandals and chronic mismanagement, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has effectively declared it a failing force.
Met officers now face the indignity of being closely monitored by inspectors scrutinising their every move. It’s like Ofsted stepping in to rescue a defective school.
The litany of failures makes painful reading. The cruel hounding of elderly public servants over the grotesque VIP paedophile hoax. Sarah Everard murdered by a serving officer known to colleagues as ‘the rapist’. Rampant racism and sexism at Charing Cross police station. Officers sharing vile jokes and pictures of dead women. Botched murder inquiries.
On ex-commissioner Cressida Dick’s watch, the infection spread out of control
This was not something that happened overnight. It was a culture of skewed priorities, unacceptable behaviour and managerial incompetence which grew like a virus over the years.
Its origins predated hapless ex-commissioner Cressida Dick. But on her watch, the infection spread out of control.
So the most damning question for Boris Johnson, London mayor Sadiq Khan and successive home secretaries is, why on earth didn’t they remove her sooner?
That she became commissioner at all, after leading the catastrophic operation which culminated in the fatal police shooting of innocent Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, is shocking.
That she served five scandal-ridden years and was at one stage going to have her contract extended simply beggars belief.
This vertiginous fall from grace must be a watershed. Lessons have to be learned.
The new Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Andy Cooke, is making the right noises. He wants to stop the drift of the police service towards wokery and posturing and drag chief constables back to the first principles – the prevention and detection of real crime. Not spurious internet thought crimes but burglary, fraud and street robbery.
There are thousands of dedicated officers in the Met, working tirelessly to keep us safe. With the right leadership, the force can again be the envy of the world.
A burning question
The available options for providing Britain’s steel industry with the coking coal it needs are all fraught with difficulty.
昨年, ほぼ 40 per cent of it came from Russia – an avenue now being closed by sanctions. The rest was imported from Australia and North America, generating a horrendous carbon footprint on its journey.
So what could be more sensible than opening a coking coal mine in the UK to help fulfil our domestic needs?
Whitehaven colliery in Cumbria would create some 500 jobs in an area needing an economic boost. It is also under the Irish Sea, minimising nuisance and environmental damage.
Yet when Mr Johnson suggests the go-ahead should be given, the green lobby flies into a rage. Lord Deben, chairman of the Climate Change Committee, which advises government on emissions targets, described the mine as ‘absolutely indefensible’.
Friends of the Earth also weighed in, with their lawyer saying: ‘Every lump of coal that is burnt contributes directly to climate change.’ That may be true, but if we are to go on making buildings, 車, machinery and much else, we need steel. And for that we need coal.
Other technologies are developing but won’t replace coal for many years. So giving this mine the green light must be the right and logical decision.
It’s surely better than shipping coal half-way across the world in gas-guzzling freighters – or indeed, buying it from Putin.