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Brave national hero? Or useless, gutless, over-paid, over-promoted coward?

(Wednesday blog)

For obvious legal reasons, I can’t write today’s blog. So, after a brief introduction, I’ll have to refer you to what a real journalist wrote yesterday.

This is Sir Craig Mackey – Acting Commissioner of the Met Police or something like that.

Look how many medals he has:

Impressive huh?

Also in the photo is Cressida Dickless, current head of the Met police. In fact, look at how many medals she has too. Phew, they must be very brave people.

Or maybe not?

Below is an article by a journalist from the Daily Telegraph yesterday giving her opinion on whether Sir Craig is a national hero, as his many medals would suggest, or just a fat, over-paid, over-pensioned, gutless, over-promoted, spineless, testicle-free coward.

I know what I think.

As for all the medals that Sir Craig and Cressida got, I wonder what they’re for? Political correctness above and beyond the call of duty? Encouraging diversity? Sitting in meetings? Sticking to Health and Safety rules? Libtardism? Trawling the Internet for supposed ‘hate speech’ and ‘hate thoughts’? Running away from danger? Who knows?

Here’s the article:

Cowards have always been with us. The difference today is that cowards feel no shame; no remorse for putting their own safety first when others are in peril. On the contrary. Take the despicable case of Sir Craig Mackey.

Henceforth, this column will refer to him as Mackey, not Sir Craig, because, as we shall see, this senior police officer has dishonoured his knighthood.

Mackey was the Metropolitan Police’s Acting Commissioner on the day, in March 2017, when the Islamist terrorist Khalid Masoodlaunched an attack on Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster. Mackey had just left a ministerial meeting and was sitting in his official vehicle with his driver and chief-of-staff, when they witnessed the stabbing of PC Keith Palmer. He said his first instinct was to jump out and help, but an assistant locked the car doors because they had nothing with which to stop the terrorist. 

Mackey told the official inquiry that his instinct to leave the vehicle was “not the right response. I was in shirtsleeves, with no radio, I didn’t know if the attack was ongoing . . . we had no protective equipment at all, no communications. . . two colleagues with me who were quite traumatised by what they had seen, so we moved out and I began co-ordinating the response”.

Right, let’s unpack that sorry excuse for an apology, shall we?

Keith Palmer had nothing with which to stop the terrorist. That didn’t stop PC Palmer putting his body, and mighty heart, between the knife-wielding nutter and innocent members of the public. He bought time so that others could be safe.

As for driving away to “co-ordinate the response” (formerly known as fleeing), here’s an idea: how about the most senior police officer in the land fetches a jack or fire extinguisher from the boot of his official car and leads the charge against Masood with his two colleagues? Oh, sorry, I forgot, they were “quite traumatised”. Poor things.

In case you’re not up to Maximum Incredulity yet, here is the exact exchange between Hugo Keith, barrister for the Met, and Mackey.

Keith: “It may seem obvious that had you not locked the car and had you got out, you would have presented yourself as a further target?”

Mackey: “Yes, anyone who got in his way would have been a target. Anyone who came up against that individual would have faced serious, serious injury if not death.”

I’m sure that Craig Mackey’s behaviour was completely in line with modern policing Health and Safety guidelines. Sadly, it just doesn’t happen to coincide with the courageous common sense the public still expects of its police officers.

Compare and contrast with PC Wayne Marques, who singlehandedly took on three jihadists at London Bridge, armed only with his baton. Despite being blinded in one eye, stabbed in the hand and with a knife in his leg, PC Marques continued to use what he believed might be his dying breath in the performance of his duty. Strangely, he didn’t worry about “presenting himself as another target”.

Compare also with Superintendent Gerry Richardson of Lancashire Police, who laid down his life tackling an armed robber in 1971. His murderer, Fred Sewell, said of Supt Richardson at his trial: “I shall see him every day of my life. He just kept coming. He was too brave.”

How the hell did we get from conspicuous valour to moral squalor in 40 years? Police selection processesses, it seems, have become increasingly politicised and biased against men and women with character and guts. “The top brass don’t have the balls to actually fight crime, they would rather have meetings and arrest online name-callers,” despaired one recently retired policeman in an online post.

Sounds about right, doesn’t it? What example does the spineless Mackey set to junior colleagues, who must daily patrol our streets and tackle knife crime? Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my police officers running towards danger, not cowering behind a rulebook which says that tackling a terrorist when you lack a radio or a weapon is “not the right response”.

It bloody well is the right response. And we must fear for public safety, and the reputation of the force, if the police are being taught that their bravest and truest instinct is false.

Most troubling of all, perhaps, is the fact that Mackey experienced no discomfort when his cowardice was made public. Clearly, he sees no shame in failing to rush to Pc Palmer’s aid. But shame it was; shame it is. Shame is an important emotion, because it tells someone they have fallen well short of what was expected of them.

I have a message for Craig Mackey: you are no Sir, mister. You should stand down immediately and let your knighthood, for services to the police, be handed to someone who deserves it. We recognise that person, for their courage is unforgettable: “I shall see him every day of my life. He just kept coming. He was too brave.”

9 comments to Brave national hero? Or useless, gutless, over-paid, over-promoted coward?

  • Stillreading

    Unfortunately the article is behind the Telegraph’s pay wall, so inaccessible to non-subscribers. It’s my guess, though, that the views this courageous journalist expresses are the same as those held by many thousands of us ordinary folk who have heard or read what was said about the Acting Commissioner’s behaviour whilst his brave underling was being butchered on Westminster Bridge. Behaviour, let us all remind this highly decorated Leader of Men, is what you DO, not what you say or think or believe or reflect upon afterwards or were advised to do or not to do or any other such self-justifying or self-preserving bunkum.

  • Ian

    He got the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) which is awarded to police officers in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations, for gallantry or distinguished service.

  • David Craig

    Yes, but ‘distinguished service’ can also mean just years of climbing up the ranks by grovelling to police bosses rather than actually facing any danger.

  • Stillreading

    Lest I offend any readers who may be lesbian, gay, bi or trans, or any stages in between, may I make it clear that when I referred to the Leader of Men, I intended “men” to be taken in the generic sense – i.e. to refer to all humanity, not solely the self-designated male members thereof. I am aware that to unintentionally offend any member of the above categories could result in the full wrath of the Law being visited upon me, such offences quite naturally – and some would say quite rightly – taking precedence in our eminently civilized society over offences involving injury to the person or theft or damage of property.

  • david brown

    He was knighted in January this year after the incident.
    The medals both he and the 4ft 10 Lesbian sport are for years of service .
    Re The Telegraph – most of the articles are behind a paywall but you read peoples comments on the subject.The paper pays huge sums to star names, 270,000 to Boris Johnson and Hague.
    Article by William Hague – We are failing to stop the slow sinister Russification of Europe. My comment this should read -we are failing to stop the slow sinister Islamification of Europe

  • Stillreading

    Gongs have always gone to people in certain so-called “public services” based merely on the duration of their (very well pensioned) years in the job. Seems always to have applied particularly to senior civil servants and members of the police who have managed to cling on to the greasy pole and make it to the top. Doesn’t, sadly, apply to teachers or senior NHS clinicians, for all of whom dedication and that rather abused word “vocation” are deemed to be sufficient reward.

  • tomsk

    Our Tommies have been fighting an enemy in Afganistan and Iraq with inadequate kit in the past and we have civillians with no protection getting involved to help, yet this medal man hides in the car. Joker. I guarantee non of those medals are for anything useful.

  • tomsk

    Reminds me of the first part of the film , the white feather or is it the three feathers? Im sure you know which it is. It may even be the four feathers.

  • leila

    Not just inadaquate kit in the past in Afganistan- the troops and fighter pilots were given instructions not to fire unless the enemy was seen to be armed, the Taliban was quick to take advantage. Ref Attack State Red by Col Richard Kemp and Chris Hughes. Let us not forget Alexander Blackman abandoned by higher command, who are probably equally weighed down by medals. Shame on us allowing this.

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