Met Police constables have "no confidence" in Sir Ian Blair ?

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The BBC reports that

'No confidence' in police chief

London's most senior policeman has come under fresh pressure after the chairman of a group representing 24,000 officers said they had no confidence in him.

Peter Smyth, of the Metropolitan Police Constables Board, said a series of "embarrassing gaffes" by Commissioner Sir Ian Blair had undermined the force.

His comments were made at a Police Federation annual conference, attended by new police minister Liam Byrne.


He told the conference in Bournemouth: "On behalf of the 24,000 constables in London, and at the request of my branch board, I am telling you that we have no confidence in this commissioner."

Sir Ian has featured prominently in the headlines in recent months in a row over secretly-taped telephone calls with ministers, comments made about the Soham murders as well as remarks about the police shooting of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.

Within the force he has also met opposition for introducing community support officers, labelled by some officers as "plastic policemen".

Speaking later to BBC London, Mr Smyth said there were concerns police would be based in call centres while the streets would be patrolled by community support officers.


There was also this politically biased and technologically inept TV interview with Sir David Frost, right in the middle of the General Election campaign, when, as a senior appointed public servant, he should not have been making any party political comments at all.

Who would be the best person to replace Sir Ian Blair ?


We are living in a state of "compassionate anarchy" thanks to the Mayor, and his PC pet "poodle" of a police chief .

Ian Blair looks like one of those "lost shoppers" that describe those useless community "support" officers.

I mean just look at him.. How can anyone have any confidence in this man?

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