'It will happen again' -- police chief's claim about innocent man's slaying
Published 16/10/2010 | 05:00
Not long after the 34-day Hizbollah-Israel war in 2006 -- in which Israel reached its now almost routine scorecard of killing about 1,300 Lebanese, most of them civilians (the Hizbollah killed 130 Israelis, most of them soldiers) -- I received a long letter from a man called Blair.
It was Ian Blair, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Britain's top cop who was forced to resign by Boris Johnson in one of the more flagrant political misuses of the office of Mayor of London.
I was struck by Blair's letter; first because I'm not in the habit of receiving mail from policemen; second because it was written by hand across four sides of paper. It invited me to drop round to Scotland Yard for "a cup of tea" when I was next in London.