Friday, November 02, 2007

Message to Lib Dems and Tories: don't attempt to make political capital from the Menezes shooting

Am I the only person who feels a sense of disappointment that some Tories and Lib Dems are seeking to make political capital out of the Menezes shooting? Yesterday's prosecution of the Metropolitan Police under health and safety law made clear that the operation was badly executed but the judge (and the jury) fell short of apportioning blame to any one individual officer - they were right to do so.

Trying to exploit the tragedy of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes for political gain is cheap - I expect many Tories and Lib Dems agree.


GW said...

Sorry Mike yer could have saved your finger tips, needless to say Tory's and Liberal Democraps have tried to get thier band wagon moving.

Fortunatley I share your views that the majority of the electorate recofnise a "cock up" as just that a very regretable accident - The important thing is that it does not happen again

Ian Appleby said...

Mike, at what point does expressing a viewpoint you disagree with become "making political capital"? It's a phrase I am immediately suspicious of.

Mike Ion said...


Like you I want to be protected from suicide bombers. I am in favour of this being done via peaceful prevention wherever possible. If it is not possible then I would back a shoot to kill policy being implemented. Surely you agree with me that health and safety legislation was never drawn up for such extreme situations as confronting a potential suicide bomber. As Martin Kettle points out in yesterday's Guardian the law will be outright threat to liberty if last week's judgment means a future armed officer is afraid to fire at a real suicide bomber in similar circumstances.

Looking for a scapegoat, for someone to blame is not the answer. The Tories and the Lib Dems are trying to make political capital out of this in an attempt to side with the tabloids and score some type of 'populist' victory. Issue of our national security must remain above party politics if we are going to defeat the terrorists.