By JR on Wednesday, March 01, 2017
UK: A disgraceful politically correct appointment
Cressida Dick is an open Lesbian. I do not hold that against her. My late sister was one too. But it is the only thing I can see which got her the very senior job below. She was the person in charge at the darkest hour for the London police: The killing of an innocent Brazilian electrician on a London underground train. He was just sitting there bothering nobody -- but looked "woggy" -- when he was cut down without warning by police bullets from officers sitting opposite him.
The deed was obviously a huge bungle and the bungle happened because the police operation concerned was chaos. And the chaos happened because of Dick's failure to lead. She was little more than a spectator at a time when it was her job to take charge of what was happening. She had clearly been promoted beyond her level of competence.
I have observed over the years that masculine women, who may or may not be lesbians, tend to be overconfident of their abilities. They think they know it all but sometimes show that they know very little -- and have to be bailed out by a normal person -- male or female. But Dick was in a situation where nobody could bail her out. And an innocent man died as a result of her incompetence. Anybody else would have retired in disgrace. I never thought I would have to revisit these matters. More details here
She was also in charge of operation Elveden, which saw large numbers of British investigative journalists arrested in dawn raids -- none of whom were subsequently convicted of anything. The London metropolitan police is in for a rugged time. One can only hope that innocent people will not die in the next bungle
Cressida Dick has been appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police - becoming the first woman to lead the force in its 188-year history.
The 56-year-old, who retired from the Met as Assistant Commissioner three years ago, takes over from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who has retired after five and a half years in the post.
Ms Dick, who first joined the Met as a constable in 1983, beat three other shortlisted candidates, and was appointed after a round of interviews in front of the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.
A source said she had been appointed, not because she was a woman, but because she was the best candidate, and the Mayor had been especially impressed with her qualities.
In a statement, Ms Dick said she was "thrilled and humbled" by the appointment.
She said: "This is a great responsibility and an amazing opportunity. I'm looking forward immensely to protecting and serving the people of London and working again with the fabulous women and men of the Met.
"Thank you so much to everyone who has taught me and supported me along the way."
She takes on the role at a time of intense pressure with the security threat at severe and violent crime on the increase across the capital.
Her appointment means three of the most senior figures in British policing are now women, with Lynne Owens, heading up the National Crime Agency and Sara Thornton, who lost out on the Met Commissioner job, the chair of the National Police Chief's Council.
Bringing vast operational experience to the role, Ms Dick headed up the force's anti-terror unit, before being controversially moved from the post by Sir Bernard in 2014.
In 2005 she was in charge of the operation which led to the shooting dead of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell underground.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Cressida Dick will be the first female Commissioner of the Met in its 187-year history, and the most powerful police officer in the land.
"She has already had a long and distinguished career, and her experience and ability has shone throughout this process.
"On behalf of all Londoners, I warmly welcome Cressida to the role and I very much look forward to working with her to keep our capital safe and protected.
“This is a historic day for London and a proud day for me as Mayor.
"The Metropolitan Police do an incredible job, working hard with enormous dedication every single day to keep Londoners safe, so for me it was absolutely essential that we found the best possible person to take the Met forward over the coming years and I am confident that we have succeeded.”
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "Cressida Dick is an exceptional leader, and has a clear vision for the future of the Metropolitan Police and an understanding of the diverse range of communities it serves.
"She now takes on one of the most demanding, high-profile and important jobs in UK policing, against the backdrop of a heightened terror alert and evolving threats from fraud and cyber crime.
"The challenges ahead include protecting the most vulnerable, including victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
"Cressida's skills and insight will ensure the Metropolitan Police adapt to the changing patterns of crime in the 21st century and continue to keep communities safe across London and the UK.
"Cressida is absolutely the right choice to lead the Metropolitan Police as this Government continues its work to reform the police, and I look forward to working with her to make a real difference to policing in the capital."