Post Abandoned

Earlier this year I wrote of the bravery of Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, the French policeman who traded places with a woman being held hostage by an Islamist terrorist and paid for it with his life. I contrasted his actions with those of the police who responded to the school shooting in Florida by standing well back as children got murdered. In the comments, Julia M remarked:

I cannot imagine a British policeman doing this.

To which I responded:

I could perhaps imagine an ordinary PC acting on impulse and in defiance of his orders doing this, but it’s not what Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame did. It appears he, a senior officer, took the sober and measured decision to swap places with the hostage believing he thought it was his duty to be placed in danger rather than her, an ordinary civilian.

The idea of a senior British policeman of similar rank swapping places with a hostage in an ongoing situation is literally incredible.

Well, we no longer need to speculate, because we now have an account of what a senior British policeman did during a terror attack:

The acting Metropolitan Police commissioner locked himself in his car as he watched terrorist Khalid Masood kill one of his colleagues in Westminster because he had “no protective equipment and no radio,” he has told an inquest.

Sir Craig Mackey, now deputy commissioner of Scotland Yard, said that despite witnessing Masood “purposefully” lunge at everyone in his path with a butcher’s knife, he realised that had he got out of his vehicle, he would have been a target.

Instead, he remained in his black saloon car, within the Palace of Westminster, and witnessed Masood, 52, fatally stab PC Keith Palmer.

I might forgive this coward if the terrorist had been mowing people down with an AK-47, but if one of your colleagues is being attacked by a lone man with a butcher’s knife you go and bloody help him. Unless the knifeman is very well trained, his odds of doing damage are considerably shortened in a two-on-one situation, and if it’s three-on-one he’ll be lucky to survive.

“I could see Pc Palmer moving backwards and then go down,” he told the jury at the Old Bailey.

“The next thing I could see is the male over Pc Palmer and I saw two stab attempts into this side of the torso.

“The attacker had one of those looks where, if they get you in that look, they would be after you.

“He seemed absolutely focused on getting further down and attacking anyone who was in his way.”

Remember, this man has been knighted by the Queen; shift over Brave Sir Robin, we have a new benchmark.

“First and foremost I was a police officer so I went to open the door to get out,” he added.

I wanted to get stuck in, honestly.

“One of the police officers by the side of the car quite rightfully, said: ‘Get out, make safe, go, shut the door,’ which he did, and it was the right thing to do.

Run, hide, tell.

“That’s when I thought: ‘I have got to start putting everything we need in place. We have got no protective equipment, no radio,

And no risk assessment has been carried out. Plus, wouldn’t any intervention have been a bit racist?

I have got two colleagues with me who are quite distressed,’ so we moved out.”

Your colleagues were “quite distressed” so you drove off leaving a murderer running rampage in the streets? What would Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame have done, do you think?

The officer’s widow, Melissa, accused the Metropolitan Police of leaving her unarmed husband to die with no protection, failing to take responsibility for its mistakes and failing to investigate his death properly.

I can only imagine how she feels having heard her husband’s boss fled in his car because he wasn’t properly equipped. Was PC Palmer properly equipped? Contrast the behaviour of Mackey with that of the MP Tobias Ellwood:

Tobias Ellwood MP, 52, heard the crash as terrorist Khalid Masood drove his car into the perimeter fence of Parliament on March 22 last year, then heard “shouting and screaming” as pedestrians fled.

Mr Ellwood, who reached the rank of captain in the Royal Green Jackets during a military career before entering politics, said he saw “two waves of people” running away from the scene of the attack “in a panic”.

“I ran into one group of people shouting and screaming with panic in their eyes”.

Asked if he knew he was heading into potential danger, Mr Ellwood replied: “very much so”.

The MP added: “There is always a concern of a secondary attack. It didn’t cross my mind but my brother was killed in a secondary attack in Bali.”

Mr Ellwood was among the people who offered medical assistance to PC Palmer as he lay gravely wounded on the ground.

So we’ve seen considerable bravery from a man under no obligation to act, and appalling cowardice and abandonment of duty from a man who struts around with a chest full of medals.

Welcome to the modern ruling class.

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61 thoughts on “Post Abandoned

  1. What do you mean if the shit goes down, what do you think that means? So the lads in the army who repulsed Sadam from Kuwait, or the Royal Navy ships sailing through the mineffields of the Kuwaiti cost with chemical attack alarms sounding were not in the shit because they only got campaign medals?

    Absolutely not, they are completely deserving of their campaign medals as they were exposed to genuine danger. But a lot of people get them for just being in theatre and not in much danger, but I don’t have a problem with that because *if* the shit goes down, they’ll get stuck in in a way a civilian won’t be expected to. I know an American serviceman who got an Afghan campaign medal for being based in Hawaii coordinating AWAACS movements, and I don’t have a problem with that either.

    I really do like your blog and you seem a good chap but all the talk of your booty mates you do seem to love some vicarious bloating while being ignorant of some of the realities of service life.

    Bloating? Assuming you’re an ex-serviceman and know the meaning of this term, would you like to elaborate on that charge? And I mean quotes.

  2. Tim,
    British campaign medals will have a rosette/bar if in actual theatre. Those medals without will have supported the campaign but not have been regarded as close enough to have been in as much danger (e.g RAF ground crew in Cyprus)). I remember mates on the Ark Royal lightheartingly dripping about not getting medals in the gulf war even though they were in the Easter Mediterranean. How we laughed.

    Yes I am ex Andrew. I do enjoy the stories of your booty mates adventures. It’s great that people from a non-service background form friendships with and show respect for their serving friends (of course plenty of service personnel can be assholes too). Also I’m not that keen on this new British habit of looking to be “thanked for your service”, I think that’s a wanky Americanism. So with my charge of your vicarious bloating, I was not accusing you of walting (claiming service you didn’t have) whereas bloating is bigging up your service record, but with no service record what did I mean? Well regaling others with tales of the heroism and daring do of your booty mates is a bit vicarious? But i’ll play the steel man now and not the straw one and assume you are just proud of your pals. I therefore withdraw the charge of bloating, which was in part because you pissed me off with your comments on campaign medals, since the one I wear is the only thanks I need for my service.

    If you think about the gulf war, it was the first big stand too since the Falklands, where 255 brave souls lost their lives on land and at sea. We didn’t know what we were going to face, though were told the threat was very real. It was even more poignant that within the fleet was the replacement Sir Galahad, which half my flight was transferred too, and so we definitely took the thing bloody seriously. And so wear our medals with pride.

  3. Well regaling others with tales of the heroism and daring do of your booty mates is a bit vicarious?

    True, but I know they tell stories about me. 🙂

    But i’ll play the steel man now and not the straw one and assume you are just proud of your pals.

    I am extremely proud of them, not least because they have welcomed me as a civilian into both their professional and social lives without ever once looking down at me.

    I therefore withdraw the charge of bloating, which was in part because you pissed me off with your comments on campaign medals, since the one I wear is the only thanks I need for my service.

    Fair enough, thanks. Consider my neck wound in. 🙂

    If you think about the gulf war, it was the first big stand too since the Falklands, where 255 brave souls lost their lives on land and at sea.

    I wouldn’t downplay any military action someone’s been involved in tbh, no matter where or how supposedly minor their role was. Some of the lesser known places can be pretty dangerous (e.g. Sierra Leone).

  4. It appears that much twittercrime has been committed, expressing wrongspeak-hatethink towards a fine upstanding member of the Inner Party.

    Expect a lot of doors to be kicked in at 05:00 hours in the next few weeks.

  5. “LS&GC* could be deemed a participation medal I suppose.

    *aka X years of undetected crime medals.”

    In my time I reckon I came across more RSMs who didn’t have an KS&GC than did.

  6. “”…Bloke in Germany on October 9, 2018 at 8:54 pm said:
    Juri, Nurse is looking for you. She has your medication, a scented, damp, cool towel for your forehead, and a nice, quiet, darkened room for you to lie down in….””

    Yes, She does. And she is white, properly trained, she has darkened room because immigrants have not burned it down and I have my medication because immigrants have not overrun our healthcare system and we committed holocaust on time so we don,t have shot, stabbed, hammered policemen and terror and rape victims and racism scandals so nurse has enough time to put cool towel on my forehead instead of industrial triage based war medicine.

    Uncucking hurts. I get my cool towel and dark room and medication and dark room. When the South Africa brave anti Nazi fighters descendants get the same treatment I have ?

    Where are the bravest policemen, in Hungary or in Poland ? We do not know, because both did holocaust and they do not have such problems.

    Religious madness is terrible thing. I think that there will be many many cases more, when lot of policemen getting killed and lot of policemen running away.

    And Eastern Europe watching in horror how entire civilization goes self destruct because of worshipping Jew.

  7. F

    rench hero Arnaud Beltrame, who sacrificed himself to save a hostage from a Islamist terrorist, won’t have a place named after him because it may upset Marseille’s huge Muslim community,

    Huh?
    He was hero who saved an innocent woman from murderous criminals.
    Remembering him is going to upset Marseille’s huge Muslim community?

    Nothing more need be said.

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