Sir Paul Stephenson will be a loss to the House of Lords – what a politician!
Well Sir Paul Stephenson must be hoping for a quick return to power for Labour because he’s never going to get his ermine from a Conservative government now. Which is ironic since he’s just demonstrated a brilliant example of ducking, diving and blame-shifting – absolute paramount pre-requisites for a successful politician.
This Neil Wallis thing is an absurd red-herring. That’s not why he resigned, nor why he had to resign. He has presided over and/or been a senior officer in the most important police force in the UK while it has demonstrated repeated examples of corruption – corruption that the next few weeks is likely to show was more widespread and endemic than we suspect. Unless attention can be diverted elsewhere.
Just like Coulson had to resign from No 10 because he knew things would get worse, so Stephenson has had to resign from the Met. But making a snide remark directed at Cameron draws attention away from the Met, and even away from the hacking. It suits the Labour party, it suits the Met and it suits the press (who are all wondering who will be next after NoW).
Brilliant politicking. He will be a loss to the House of Lords.