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. a man who struts around with a chest full of medals.
    Lets be honest. He has a knighthood and a medal for being (very) senior in the police, a medal for being in the police a long time, and two medals for being in the police when the Queen had a Jubilee. None of these are, never mind for gallantry or bravery, even for putting himself in harms way. He has fewer medals than me, ffs (although all of mine are ‘cornflakes’ ones.)

    It doesn’t make him any more respectable a person …

  2. Everyone knows that numbers are a deterrent. You create confusion with people. They focus on 1 to 1. You make it 2, they don’t know what to do.

    And I’m damn fucking sure there’s something in the boot like a wrench. Or just try talking to the guy.

  3. If it had been a brutal twitter fight, he’d have been right there, right there I tell you.

    He should be march through the city naked with rotten fruit thrown at him.

  4. SE
    “It doesn’t make him any more respectable a person …”

    Rather like the medals dictators of various tinpot shitholes love to cover themselves with….

  5. None of these are, never mind for gallantry or bravery, even for putting himself in harms way.

    Of, for sure. Of all the bootnecks I know who turn up to functions wearing medals, I think only one of them has one for gallantry (he won the DSO in his early 30s, and is now CO at Poole). But the unwritten rule is, if you’re going to wear a uniform and be awarded participation medals, you’d better be prepared to get stuck in when things get ugly. I’m sure my bootneck mates would, despite their lack of gallantry medal, and I’m certain Elwood felt a similar sense of duty when he decided to get stuck in, too.

  6. If it had been a brutal twitter fight, he’d have been right there, right there I tell you.

    What’s most grating about this is the police chiefs are full of threats, aggression, and tough-talk against ordinary members of the public but when confronted with an actual, murdering terrorist they run away.

  7. “What’s most grating about this is the police chiefs are full of threats, aggression, and tough-talk against ordinary members of the public but when confronted with an actual, murdering terrorist they run away.”

    Yes, the police in the UK have been feminised. Their primary purpose is to enforce rules on the law abiding like a bunch of bossy head girls, and are completely unable to deal with actual criminals.

    The good commander’s (ha!) thoughts;
    ““That’s when I thought: ‘I have got to start putting everything we need in place. We have got no protective equipment, no radio,”
    Must follow the rules…you could not possibly confront an old man with a knife with confidence and courage, and perhaps co-op a few men to assist to contain the situation and possibly save a life.

  8. You are all being far too tough on a brave copper who has done so much to fight disadvantage and lack of inclusiveness in the UK. Here he is bravely standing in the line of fire to say how people who don’t speak English should be given priority over those who do

    He didn’t think about his personal safety. He just saw an opportunity to advance his career by talking left-liberal metropolitan shite, and went for it.

  9. The man has no honour, for if he did, he would have resigned at his failure.

    I think we should start a petition to get parliament to debate whether he should resign.

    As you said Tim, this isn’t about whether any of us would be cowardly or brave in his place, but that he had a duty that he did not fulfill.


  10. The medals I can understand. It’s why he’s got the tie-back from the lounge curtains hanging from his epaulet I don’t get. And I see from the BBC photo Dickless Cressida (she’s a cert for a t’Pratchett character, no?)has the same. Is there something about their living arrangements we don’t know? Why are the curtains always pulled?

  11. As I commented on Twitter: an assistant commissioner out and about without a radio? Really? What were they doing and how would an ops room get hold of them if the shit hit the fan?

    This stinks.

    Would he have gone to help a member of the public? If not, what is the point of the police? They’re becoming little more than uniformed diversity or 5-a-day coordinators.

  12. The assessment of “Lacking in Moral Fibre” should be revived, and used as evidence at his dismissal without compensation

  13. I like the Brave Sir Robin song, especially the bit “When danger reared its ugly head, He bravely turned hiis tail and fled”

  14. As an ex Police officer, and ex soldier, my opinion is the man is beneath contempt. If he was an honourable person, we would give him a glass of whisky, a loaded Webley, and point him in the direction of the library.
    A brave man dies but once while a coward dies many times.

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

    Probably wouldn’t have done that if there was another police officer (in fact anyone) facing him.

  16. “Probably wouldn’t have done that if there was another police officer (in fact anyone) facing him.”

    Just to point out this guy was not alone, there were three of them cowering from their responsibility.

    I can’t believe that 4 coppers, a tyre iron, and some confidence would not have resulted in a very different outcome.

  17. Stunned. Just stunned by the confession and lack of awareness of the image it creates amongst the rank and file police.

    As said elsewhere on this blog. Managers provide aircover and have their teams’ backs. If perceived they do neither the teams stop listening to managers out of respect and do so because of orders. That doesn’t last long though. A work to rule in the police, if not already in place, is going to hurt society.

  18. 4 coppers without a radio between them.
    Was the poltroon asked at the inquest whether any of them had a mobile phone?

    I look forward to the testimony of the guard at the gate, explaining why he was stationed there with no means of communication, no baton or pepper spray to deter or subdue stroppy members of the public and no instructions on what to do in an emergency.

  19. Isn’t Mackey’s conduct simply an example of “Leading beyond Authority” drilled into senior police personnel by Common Purpose?

  20. This is clearly an example of that sort of pervert that enjoys sitting in committees. That’s how you get promotion these days.

  21. If he had any honour he would fall on his sword.
    Is there a campaign to strip his knighthood yet?

  22. Lock him in a cage with the Vicious Chicken of Bristol! If he loses, we’ll eat his minstrels.

  23. He needs to be fired on standard Eck’s terms–out with nowt.

    Sorry, I’ve heard this term repeatedly (“standard Eck’s terms”) but I can’t find the original reference. What are the “standard Eck’s terms”?

  24. that’s a weapon on its own.

    But not necessarily one that’s appropriate to wield in anger when one of your own is struggling with an attacker or, later, on the floor beneath him.

    Not defending, just remarking.

  25. Standard Ecks terms: no compensation, loss of all pension rights.

    I feel that I’m missing something else?

  26. @Bloke on M4 on October 9, 2018 at 10:22 am


    If he and his colleagues had acted – four on one – murderer would have been stopped.

    Car mats would have been effective gear.

  27. @Surreptitious Evil on October 9, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Yep, missed “exiled to South Georgia”

  28. Revocation of voting rights, citizenship, public degradation of any ranks of military, clerical, juridicial, public, elected, honorary, or other offices held, conviction for high treason, followed by either lengthy imprionment or having one’s severed head displayed outside the Tower of London, followed by exile to one thousand leagues outside the gates of London, and infliction of the father’s sins upon the sons yea verily unto the third and fourth generations.

    Did I miss anything?

  29. “Sorry, I’ve heard this term repeatedly (“standard Eck’s terms”) but I can’t find the original reference. What are the “standard Eck’s terms”?”

    I assume it is the terms that the poster, Mr. Ecks, would impose.

    I don’t think I’d like him when he’s angry.

  30. This story is all over the internet and it is just unbelievable how all open borders pro Jew anti racist activists demand that somebody else should sacrifice his life so they can live to serve Israel and bring more immigrants in.

    It is eternal problem with communism. Everybody want communism until it reaches you. South Africa is good example . They rushed to WW II , everybody wanted to be good communists and kill the Nazis and now they complaining that they are treated….like Nazis.

    Why all critics do not want themselves killed only because all good people wants to laugh that Nazis beating the shit out of each other and it is very good when one Jew gassing neighbor lynching child raping women beating fucking white colonist got what he deserved.

    Less Nazis, better world.. I stand with Sir Craig Mackey. Stop Nazis in the UK.

  31. 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.

  32. It doesn’t seem that long since senior police officers were complaining that direct entry Inspector and Superintendent were beyond the pale and the men wouldn’t put up with senior officers who hadn’t been through the ranks. Even worse it was the start of an “officer class”.

    Well, that argument’s been well and truly fucked if those who’ve been through the ranks behave like he did.

    Perhaps the police does need an officer class, one that’s Sandhurst trained and, ideally passed through P Company and spent at least 3 years commanding men on active service.

    While we’re at it, the police ranks should also be drawn from the military and ideally built the size of a Guardsman and have also passed through P Company. That’ll make the scrotes think twice when being arrested.

  33. In an unexpected development, video has emerged online of the moment in question:

    On a slightly more serious note, this policeman ought to be fired in a public manner, but without deliberate humiliation. It might trigger a quiet departure of at least some of those useless time-servers, who would suddenly realize what might be required of them, and choose to get out before having to face it. You need working-class men with a sense of duty and self-discipline to replace them, if any such can be found. Maybe some of the Polish migrants are tired of working in restaurants and hotels?
    Britain’s going to need a competent police force in the near future.

    @Bloke in Germany
    You forgot to tell Yuri it’s his favorite nurse today – Rebecca Cohen.

  34. S.Evil, true, but I’d sooner be hit and maybe killed by a car rather than stabbed by a filthy jihadi, at least somebody would have helped and perhaps the distraction of even an attempt may have had a positive result.

  35. Didn’t have a radio eh?

    Okay, that rules out hitting the terrorist with a personal radio.
    Still leaves plenty of other options.

    He could have taken advantage of the terrorist being busily occupied stabbing PC Palmer to death, and just strolled up behind him and kicked his arse.
    Y’know, the same method that was used eleven years ago by Glasgow airport baggage handler John Smeaton, to neutralise a terrorist who arrived by car to do Satan’s work.
    Baggage Handler Smeaton suffered torn ligaments in his ankle due to using maximum force in his kick, and was unable to return to work.
    (Though Smeaton did not kick the terrorist in the arse, but right up the Khyber, fair in the wedding tackle – which was also an option for Assistant Commissioner Mackey.)

    Inspector James Beaton (G.C.) of the Met, was made of sterner stuff, held up his hand to take the bullet the kidnapper was firing at Princess Anne. This after the kidnapper had shot everybody in sight.

    Assistant Commissioner Mackey should be appointed to the rank of Constable, and assigned a 20 year tour on foot patrol, unaccompanied, in [insert here name of rough and disrespectful low socio-economic London borough].

  36. Hmmm… let’s see what “they” do with him… if he doesn’t get “early retirement” then it’s another demonstration that some in senior police circles are yet again thumbing their noses at us.

    One wonders who in politics will challenge the nabobs of law enforcement – I haven’t seen any actually coming out with criticisms / challenging those senior plods who have obviously been slow rolling any reaction to this individual’s performance on the day.

    I’d feel safe wagering that they’re hoping that it’ll be a minor blip in the media and it’s back to business as usual?

  37. Tim, what do you mean by participation medals? I hope you are not referring to campaign medals for those who served in threatre? Not everyone is mentioned in dispatches or achieves an award of gallantry, but those who served in theatre and proudly wear their medals are not bloaters. Jubilee and long service bling is a different thing entirely, they add a little bit of fun and colour to life, the way the Yanks do with their fruit-salad displays.

  38. Tim, what do you mean by participation medals? I hope you are not referring to campaign medals for those who served in threatre?

    I am. After all, a medal to say “I was there” is about as much an award for participation as it’s possible to get. However, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that because it actually says “I was there and if shit went down I’d have to get stuck in, and I might not have come back”. Hence the implication that by wearing one you’re the type of person who, when shit goes down, you get stuck in.

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

    *aka X years of undetected crime medals.

  40. Tim,
    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? 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.

  41. Biggie–Sorry for the delay–you missed out being exiled to Germany and forced to live as a belaboured and impotent cuck the rest of his days.

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