Sir Ian Blair’s resignation

There is very little detail that I can add to the mass of information now floating around. That said I have heard a couple of commentators saying that this was politically motivated. Rubbish.

I have had my issues with Sir Ian which you can read in the archive of this blog, none have been based on party politics or concerns about Sir Ian’s personal politics. They have all been criticisms of things within his operational and professional work.

Boris was probably more generous than I have been in the past and has genuinely tried to make the relationship work. There has been no vindictiveness from Boris either in the case of Sir Ian or anyone else. Boris made it clear that anyone who was willing to work with him for the benefit of London would be welcome.

This situation comes at a critical time, we promised to get a grip on youth crime in the capital and to be held to account if we didn’t. The situation at the top of the Met has made it harder for us at do what we promised and that is a situation which could not go on.

I was in a meeting with the new members of the MPA this afternoon, Sir Ian addressed the meeting in a clam and professional manner even though he know that there would be a media scrum a little later in the afternoon. I was very impressed with his conduct at that point.

This is not a situation that any of us would have wanted but I feel that for the good of London it was the right thing to do.

12 responses to “Sir Ian Blair’s resignation

  1. Will Cameron now get on and sort this issue out where the Mayor cannot choose who leads probably the most or secondmost important London institution?

  2. Will Cameron now get on and sort this issue out where the Mayor cannot choose who leads probably the most or secondmost important London institution?

  3. Well done for getting rid of a useless police chief. But why let him stay on until December? Let the deputy commissioner take over from Monday. And please make sure there is no pay off to Sir Ian as you had to do with Ken Kronies earlier in the year.Sir Ian must not stay in position during the Ghaffur and Menezes inquiries.

  4. Well done for getting rid of a useless police chief. But why let him stay on until December? Let the deputy commissioner take over from Monday. And please make sure there is no pay off to Sir Ian as you had to do with Ken Kronies earlier in the year.Sir Ian must not stay in position during the Ghaffur and Menezes inquiries.

  5. I also think it is right for Sir Ian Blair to go. He’s got his knighthood, reluctantly accepts failure, and has made it party political,calling the Home Secretary gracious and attacking Boris.

  6. I also think it is right for Sir Ian Blair to go. He’s got his knighthood, reluctantly accepts failure, and has made it party political,calling the Home Secretary gracious and attacking Boris.

  7. I’ve been a (hopefully fair) critic of the Mayor in the past but I happen to think he’s done right here.It’s nothing short of an outrage that the MP for Redditch gets to pick who leads my local police force.

  8. I’ve been a (hopefully fair) critic of the Mayor in the past but I happen to think he’s done right here.It’s nothing short of an outrage that the MP for Redditch gets to pick who leads my local police force.

  9. He has done right by leaving. The Mayor is elected, not the Police Chief. The Brazil lad killing,allegged racism have been 2 serious breach. Poeple in high office think they have an infinte stay yet I think most Londoners will be pleased to see a new face. Sir Ian Blair is getting well paid off for leaving-its not as if he will be short of a few bob.

  10. He has done right by leaving. The Mayor is elected, not the Police Chief. The Brazil lad killing,allegged racism have been 2 serious breach. Poeple in high office think they have an infinte stay yet I think most Londoners will be pleased to see a new face. Sir Ian Blair is getting well paid off for leaving-its not as if he will be short of a few bob.

  11. I can’t believe you are letting him < HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7720635.stm" REL="nofollow">walk off with £400,000<> of our money. I said at the time <>‘And please make sure there is no pay off to Sir Ian… ‘<>Boris should have learnt from < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2008/08/16-million-payoffs-for-team-livingstone.html" REL="nofollow">Ken’s £1.6m payoff for team Livingstone<>, in that case it was an average of £200k each. It seems that inflation is running high in terms of buying off useless public servants, but I don’t think you can blame Ken this time.

  12. I can’t believe you are letting him < HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7720635.stm" REL="nofollow">walk off with £400,000<> of our money. I said at the time <>‘And please make sure there is no pay off to Sir Ian… ‘<>Boris should have learnt from < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2008/08/16-million-payoffs-for-team-livingstone.html" REL="nofollow">Ken’s £1.6m payoff for team Livingstone<>, in that case it was an average of £200k each. It seems that inflation is running high in terms of buying off useless public servants, but I don’t think you can blame Ken this time.

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