Let’s get the Bob Quick security breach in proportion

The media glee about the about the so-called “blunder” by Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, the most senior police counter terrorism officer in the country, has got a little out of proportion. 

What appears to have happened is that as Bob Quick got out of his car in Downing Street for a meeting with the Prime Minister earlier today a press photographer with a powerful camera lense got a shot of a document allegedly showing visible details of the forthcoming counter terrorist raid.  This was embarrassing and shouldn’t have happened.  However, the material was hardly being put on display to all and sundry as Jeremy Paxman  thundered on “Newsnight” tonight.  Downing Street as we know is not a public thoroughfare.

Yes, the arrest operation was brought forward as a result and that undoubtedly will have caused some operational inconvenience.  However, my understanding is that the arrests would otherwise have happened in the middle of the night – tonight.  At most, they were brought forward a few hours.  The by-product is that the news media who are complaining so loudly about the “blunder” will have had much better footage of the arrests themselves and tomorrow’s newspapers will be able to cover the operation more fully.

I am told that all the individuals that the police wished to arrest as part of this operation were detained and all the premises that they wanted to secure were secured.

So let’s get this in proportion and remember no innocent bystander died as a result of this.  A major counter-terrorism operation took place a few hours earlier than otherwise would have been the case.  And as Chris Grayling, the Shadow Home Secretary, said – admittedly through gritted teeth (Bob Quick is not the Conservative Party’s favourite policeman) – the police and the security service are to be congratulated on the diligence of their work in averting terrorist attacks.

6 thoughts on “Let’s get the Bob Quick security breach in proportion”

  1. I am not saying that the document should be published. I was simply making a plea that the matter be kept in proportion. And yes, I can confirm that Bob Quick did do an excellent job as Assistant Commissioner.

  2. This was no “blunder” by a man of his tenure and experience. A VERY clever way of devising a step down and away from the now glaring investigations of police brutality and an innocent man’s death at G2 – which has brought much more to the forefront. He is saving his own arse (and who elses?) and what is left of his arrogant ego and shoddy reputation. He still managed to carry out the “operation” and “contritely” issue contrived statements about “public safety” .. coincidence? Think not. Public is not inherently stupid.

  3. The fact that terrorism is still in check in the UK suggest that Bob Quick and the others responsible are successful.

    His clear carelessness would have undermined the confidence and morale of his colleagues, so he had no choice, regardless of the public furore.

    We must hope that they continue to keep ahead of the game, and that the educational aspect of counter terrorism, to convince muslim youth that Islamo-fascism is neither legitimate nor viable, gains strength here and elsewhere. Certainly Obama seems aware that this is a vital strand in the war on terror, however it is labeled.

  4. When politicians genuinely feel that another politico should go, they usually do.

    In the case of poor Bob Quick much the same applied imho, as above.

    Both are professions which few members of the general public have much of a clue about it seems to me, but the existence of such social groups ought to be clear to everyone who has thought about it.

    They have their norms of conduct as do Bottom Knockers’ assistant labelers I imagine . . .

  5. Election expenses?

    These are open to public scrutiny on a constituency by constituency basis, and always have been.

    Opposing party Agents look at them pretty carefully in my experience.

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