A couple of years ago I wrote a post about a police officer by the name of Maggie Blyth who was about to become Portsmouth’s district commissioner despite having been in the job only a year. Well, she’s back in the news again, for much the same reason:
A police officer who has been on the force for just three years, has been promoted to one of the most senior ranks – despite having only arrested between 10 to 15 people during her career.
Maggie Blyth has just started work as assistant chief constable with Wiltshire Police, in charge of specialist operations, armed response and dog units across the entire force.
As I said last time:
There was a time when those seeking the higher echelons of an organisation would have to demonstrate both competence and time served. The former requirement was dropped some time ago in favour of blind obedience to one’s superiors, but at least they would be expected to do the necessary time. But the modern organisation has an image to project and diversity quotas to fill, and can’t hang around for years waiting for its golden boys and girls to obtain knowledge through experience. Instead they’re sent on a whirlwind tour of the organisation, spending barely a few weeks in one department before moving onto the next, so that at the end of the period the individual knows just enough about each part to be able to interfere and f*** things up once they’re in charge.
Leading CJ Nerd to link to this wonderful Dilbert cartoon. So where do we think Diversity Granny will go from here? Head of the Met?