It was written by Kevin Hurley, a former Detective Chief Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police. This is it:
"THE MET HAS BEEN PARALYSED BY FEARS OF BEING BRANDED RACIST..Well done and well said, Kev.
The Metropolitan Police continues to stumble from one self-inflicted crisis to another, weakening its ability to fight genuine crime. It is a force that FOR TOO LONG HAS BEEN GRIPPED BY A DANGEROUS COCKTAIL OF POOR LEADERSHIP, POLITICALLY CORRECT DOGMA, WARPED PRIORITIES AND TACTICAL INCOMPETENCE.
Those flaws have been graphically illustrated by the appalling case of Ali Dizaei, THE NOTORIOUSLY CORRUPT IRANIAN-BORN OFFICER who was this week sent back to jail for a second time after his conviction for perverting the course of justice.
Only AN ORGANISATION OBSESSED WITH THE CREED OF DIVERSITY AND LACKING IN MORAL INTEGRITY WOULD HAVE ALLOWED A SWAGGERING, CRIMINAL BULLY LIKE DIZAEI TO RISE UP ITS HIERARCHY AND GAIN A SENIOR POSITION. He should have been drummed out long ago, not constantly rewarded with promotion.
But DIZAEI IS A SYMBOL OF THE ROT WITHIN THE TOP RANKS OF THE MET. TOO MANY SENIOR OFFICERS SEEM TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT THEIR CENTRAL DUTY IS TO PROTECT THE LAW-ABIDING BRITISH PUBLIC. Instead of taking tough decisions, like challenging Dizaei, THEY INDULGE IN POLITICISED MANOEUVRES DESIGNED TO PROTECT THEIR OWN BACKS AND FURTHER THEIR OWN CAREERS.
The high command of the Met inhabits a culture where cowardice is dressed up as pragmatism, WHERE A TALENT FOR SPOUTING JARGON TRUMPS DETERMINATION TO TAKE ON THE CRIMINALS. The biggest losers from this approach are not just ordinary decent British citizens, but also the constables out on the streets, often doing a heroic, selfless job ONLY TO BE UNDERMINED BY THEIR SELFISH, CAREERIST SUPERIORS.
It is no exaggeration to say that the Met frontline are lions led by vacillating donkeys. As a former detective chief superintendent at the Met myself, I have been appalled by the Dizaei saga.
I was actually the borough commander in West London at the time when, in July 2008, he tried to frame an innocent Iraqi businessman, Waad al-Baghdadi, with whom he was engaged in a bitter feud over money. The incident ultimately led to two criminal trials and Dizaei’s conviction this week.
From the moment Dizaei hauled Mr al-Baghdadi into Hammersmith police station on charges of assault, I had the severest doubts about his tale. This was not just because of the unconvincing nature of his story that al-Baghdadi had attacked him, which turned out to be a pack of lies, but also BECAUSE OF DIZAEI’S APPALLING RECORD OF DISHONESTY, CORRUPTION AND ABUSE OF OFFICE.
LIKE ALMOST EVERYONE ELSE IN THE MET, I HAD ALWAYS KNOWN THAT HE WAS A WRONG ’UN. On a superficial level, he could be charming and personable, but his easy manner barely disguised his dark side. HE WAS A FIGURE OF EPIC VENALITY, AMBITION AND RUTHLESSNESS, HIS ENTIRE CAREER GEARED TOWARDS FURTHERING HIS OWN INTERESTS, REGARDLESS OF THE LEGALITY OR PROBITY OF HIS METHODS.
When he joined the Met as a superintendent in 1999, former colleagues in the Thames Valley Police, where he was an officer for more than a decade, warned us to BEWARE, TELLING US OF HIS ENTHUSIASM FOR PLAYING THE RACE CARD TO ACHIEVE HIS ENDS. BUT IN A CLIMATE OF HYSTERIA OVER ACCUSATIONS OF ‘INSTITUTIONALISED RACISM’, THE MET’S TOP BRASS WERE DESPERATE TO RECRUIT MORE ETHNIC MINORITY SENIOR OFFICERS.
The warnings from Thames Valley Police were grimly fulfilled. DIZAEI WAS A MASTER AT USING FEARS ABOUT RACISM TO THWART ANY CHALLENGE TO HIS INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE, SELF-SERVING CONDUCT. THE NATIONAL BLACK POLICE ASSOCIATION, OF WHICH DIZAEI WAS PRESIDENT, WAS HIS CHOSEN INSTRUMENT WITH WHICH TO BULLY AND INTIMIDATE THE MET’S HIERARCHY.
He became a law unto himself. The Met’s terror of taking any action against him made him feel even more invincible. Even the Independent Police Complaints Commission, NORMALLY ALL TOO KEEN ON ENFORCING THE POLITICALLY CORRECT CODE, urged the Met to discipline Dizaei, but TOP COMMANDERS WERE TOO PUSILLANIMOUS TO DO SO. MOST HAD PROSPERED BY AVOIDING TOUGH DECISIONS. They were not going to risk all by taking on a formidable adversary WHO LOVED TO SMEAR HIS CRITICS AS RACISTS.
THANKS TO THEIR LACK OF COURAGE, HE GOT AWAY WITH BEHAVIOUR THAT WOULD HAVE LED TO THE SACKING OF ANY OTHER MET EMPLOYEE.
So he gained a PhD with a thesis ATTACKING THE MET ON RACISM, while in 2007 he wrote an autobiographical book called Not One Of Us, which contained severe criticism of the Met.
Yet instead of being sacked for gross disloyalty, HE WAS PROMOTED. Can you imagine any successful company that would behave in such a pathetic manner towards a senior member of staff making money out of trashing the firm’s reputation? Fuelled by his invulnerability, DIZAEI’S EGO WAS LEGENDARY AMONG THE RANK-AND-FILE.
On one occasion he alleged that two constables had damaged his private car. On investigation, it turned out that the damage was inflicted by one of his many mistresses. Any other officer behaving in that way would have been disciplined or sacked, especially because he had shown such a contemptible lack of respect towards the two constables. But NOTHING HAPPENED TO DIZAEI, PROTECTED AS HE WAS BY THE SHIELD OF SPURIOUS ANTI-RACISM.
On another occasion, he drove into the station and parked so carelessly that HE BLOCKED THE EXIT OF THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES. Almost immediately, the emergency vehicle was needed.
‘Can you move your car?’ called out the officers, needing to rush to the scene of the incident. ‘You move it,’ replied Dizaei, throwing them the keys and marching brazenly inside. That was THE ARROGANCE OF THE MAN. HE HAD NO SENSE OF PUBLIC SERVICE, NOT A SHRED OF DECENCY. HE WAS A BRUTE IN UNIFORM, WHO ONCE THREATENED TO KILL THE MOTHER OF ONE OF HIS MISTRESSES ‘LIKE A DOG’.
But Dizaei was clever enough to exploit the political pressures on the Met for more than a decade.
And, of course, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WAS TO BLAME FOR THE PUSILLANIMOUS WAY THE RAMPAGING GANGS OF LOOTERS AND VANDALS, MANY FROM ETHNIC MINORITIES, WERE DEALT WITH DURING THE RIOTS LAST SUMMER.
PARALYSED BY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM, TERRIFIED OF BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR CONTROVERSIAL DECISIONS OVER PUBLIC ORDER, THE MET’S SENIOR OFFICERS ALLOWED THE MOB TO CONTROL THE STREETS FOR FIVE DAYS BEFORE LAUNCHING A CRACKDOWN.
This is not the police force that the public deserves. The one great hope is that the Met has a new Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, who made his name fighting crime on Liverpool’s tough streets. Hogan-Howe’s virtues are that he does not crave adulation from the politicians, always a sign of good judgment, and that he has real experience of operational requirements.
Far too many senior officers in the Met have reached the top without such a background. In fact, THE AVOIDANCE OF TOUGH, FRONTLINE RESPONSIBILITIES IS OFTEN THE HALLMARK OF A MODERN SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN THE MET. The arrival of Hogan-Howe, combined with the welcome downfall of Ali Dizaei, may put an end to this pattern.
And, FINALLY, POLICING WILL BE GOVERNED BY THE NEEDS OF THE PUBLIC INSTEAD OF POLITICS."
This essay is about as honest and honourable a commentary on the way things are now, and how we got there, as it would be possible for a former top cop to admit to. Thing is, why did you wait until now to say it? Why did you wait until you were retired and in receipt of your pension to tell all? Why did you not say something when all of this was happening? When it it needed to be said?
You, along with all the others you rightly condemn here, said nothing about Dizaei at the time. You said nothing about the effect political correctness was having on the ability of the force to police properly. You waited until you had nothing to lose. You waited until your pension was secure.
Still, you speak out now. Way too late but you are speaking out. Others haven’t. Others won’t. You are to be congratulated for being one of the first to tell it like it is, I guess. But you will understand why you won’t be getting any rosettes from us, who have been saying this all along.
You won’t been rushing to defend us any time soon, will you, Kev? That would be a politically incorrect bridge too far, methinks. Even for the man who dared to write the courageous article seen here.
'He was a brute in uniform, who once threatened to kill the mother of one of his mistresses ‘like a dog’.' A ‘brute in uniform.’ You got that right, Kev. Check out what the British Nationalist was saying about the ‘brute’ seven years before you decided to come clean.
"At the Old Bailey, an Iranian immigrant faced charges of dishonesty, perverting the course of justice, corruption, consorting with prostitutes, using cocaine, taking bribes, wasting police time and making fraudulent expense claims.
At work, the man in question had irritated many in his unseemly choice of outfit, choosing to wear sunglasses, cowboy boots and a trendy Versace belt. He also drove an expensive BMW and did not socialise with his co-workers, preferring instead to frequent the Roof Gardens club in central London, for which he had taken out a £400-a-year membership.
In one interview, he had said that his car had been damaged by the police. Later, however, he was forced to admit that he had lied. It transpired that he had driven his car to a point close to a police station so that suspicion would fall upon the force.
This wasn't all. Even though his wealthy parents had given him a fine education, such that he was in possession of doctorate in law, even though he was a trained barrister and was regularly seen in the company of Iranian diplomats, the court heard him subject a girlfriend, who had just broken up with him, to an intimidating series of juvenile, low-life threats.
Mandy had discovered that, even though he was a married father-of-three, she was just one of a string six girlfriends that he was thought to be maintaining at that time.
A tape of a telephone conversation was played in court where, after insisting that he would have Mandy and her mother killed, the man, whose wife has since left him, said: 'I will take such revenge on you that, like a dog, you will be sorry. You will never treat me like this again. Mandy, I am going to declare war on you and I have declared it as of now. See what I will do to you. From now on, you are dead. You think it's a bluff. I give you an hour and see what I will do to you.'
In a second call, he said: 'You are not safe. I am going to come and catch you.'
And, in a third phone call, he was heard to say: 'You want war, bitch, you're going to get war. First I will start with your family, then I come to you and your reputation. I will spread all over London that you are a prostitute.'
The tapes were given to the police by Mandy's mother, who told them that her daughter's abuser, a serving police officer, had taken a bribe from a motorist on a drink-drive charge.
However, in April 2003, after our Iranian policeman claimed in court that the police investigation into his behaviour was conducted by racist officers out to block his progress, Ali Dizaei was acquitted of most of the charges that had been brought against him.
This, despite the threats to harm Mandy and her mother, and a surveillance operation and trial which is rumoured to have cost the Metropolitan Police as much as £7,000,000.
In September 2003, Dizaei was acquitted of the remaining charges. He was awarded £80,000 in compensation and is now working as a policeman once again. He has since been promoted.
Dizaei was born in Tehran, in 1962, and came to Britain at the age of 10.
His grandfather and father were both deputy commissioners in Tehran's police force. After studying at a public school in Sussex and the South West London College of Business Education, he gained a law degree at City University in 1982, and studied to become a barrister.
He joined Thames Valley police in 1986. By 1996 he was a chief inspector in Oxford. He subsequently gained a masters degree in law from Brunel University and in 1998 he gained a doctorate in law.
By 1998, Dizaei was one of the top officers in the Black Police Association. He was being taken seriously by the movers and shakers in governmental and media circles and the BPA's members knew that they should see him if they wanted something done. He said:
This networking forum quickly became mobilised and people like me who were legally qualified got almost daily referrals. People didn't want a shoulder to cry on, they wanted help in suing the force... The whole issue of diversity and race relations within policing came on the blind side of the police force.
He was soon seconded to the Home Office as vice chairman and legal adviser to the BPA, WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO THE HOME SECRETARY, JACK STRAW.
In March, 1999, Dizaei joined the Met as a Superintendent and was frequently cited as the person most likely to be Britain's first non-white police chief. It was even suggested that he might become the first black officer to head the Metropolitan Police.
He hit the headlines when he said that procedures used to pick senior ranks were 'culturally biased,' and he also dared to criticise the Home Secretary for reinstating a PC who called a teenager a 'black bastard' during a struggle to arrest him. Nevertheless, JACK STRAW AWARDED HIM A CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION for his BPA work and HE WAS ALSO INVITED TO ATTEND A DOWNING STREET SEMINAR ON BRITISHNESS WHICH TONY BLAIR ATTENDED.
However, in August, 1999, his bosses began investigating his behaviour and, in January 2001, he was suspended, just prior to his taking the Strategic Command course, which was almost obligatory if an officer wanted to get to the very top in Britain's Police Force.
In The Guardian, Dizaei stated that black officers tend to be better qualified than their white peers, citing this as a reason why so many black officers resort to the courts.
'I suppose I've been a market leader in it, which may explain why the police administrators hate me. You deprive me of my right and I will sue you and I will win... I'm not going to let a handful of bigots stop me,' he said.
In August 2005, after the murder of Anthony Walker, Dizaei was one many to jump aboard the PC bandwagon. He told the BBC's Today Programme that Anthony's death was: 'An unequivocal indication that the cancer of racism is still here, 10 years after the Lawrence inquiry... We will not tolerate these abhorrent acts of racism on young, innocent people.'
As far as I know, Dizaei has never mentioned the 'abhorrent act' of black-on-white 'racism,' that 'young, innocent' Richard Whelan suffered, to the BBC. (Richard was murdered by Anthony Joseph on the same day Anthony Walker was murdered.)
In a world where fairness and equity still applied you might have thought that a killing in London might have concerned a Metropolitan Police officer rather more than one in Liverpool. But then, fairness and equity are not exactly the favourite buzz-words of the Dizaeis, are they? The Chief Superintendant seems to prefer an entirely different kind of language. To whit: 'I will take such revenge... like a dog, you will be sorry... I am going to declare war on you... See what I will do to you... You are dead... You are not safe. I am going to come and catch you... You want war, bitch, you're going to get war. First I will start with your family, then I... will spread all over London that you are a prostitute.'
Between 1987 and 1990, PC Albert Bernard and PC Ali Dizaei were beat bobbies together.
To this day, Albert, who did not have positive discrimination, affirmative action, 'fast-tracking,' Jack Straw, Downing Street or well-to-do parents to help him, is still a police constable.
This is the face of an Iranian immigrant whom some were once touting for the top job in British policing:
It's always welcome. Now why don't you surprise us all and let the world know that there are some out here who actually care about the British? Who were, in fact, trying their damnedest to warn them about political correctness and the Dizaeis ages ago. And that they are the very same people that the PC Crowd in parliament and the Press have always vilified the most.
It's all gone quiet over there.