What are the essential qualities the British are entitled to expect in our national counter-terrorism chief?
Here, surely, are a few: sound judgment, coolness under pressure, good intuition, total discretion, the ability to sift through evidence without leaping to conclusions and mental alertness.
There is no evidence that Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, who is in charge of keeping Britain's streets safe from the Al Qaeda menace, possesses a single one of these vital characteristics.
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Not the brightest copper
The Mail's Peter Oborne says all that needs to be said about Bob Quick's humiliating climbdown: