You'd have to have a heart of stone not to enjoy a quiet chuckle at Ian Blair's latest predicament. This most PC of PCs, more Harman's copper than copper's copper, the man on whose heart the message of the Macpherson Commission's 'institutional racism' was engraved, is in hot water over allegations of 'racism'. It's nothing of the kind, of course; it's opportunistic shit-stirring by three mediocre black police officers who by the accounts of their colleagues have already been over-promoted and who simply aren't up to the job.
Ali Dizaei, Tarique Ghaffur and Shabir Hussain and all their highly-paid like in every corner of the public services who owe their promotion to their ethnicity and not their ability do no favours to the legions of decent, hardworking ethnic minority public servants everywhere who have reached their potentials on their own merits, at whatever level.
Ian Blair is faced with the dilemma faced by senior public sector managers everywhere who have made such appointments. They can't go up, they can't go down. The usual solution is either an early retirement package or a change of title and a sideways shift into some administrative backwater.