Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Operation Balls Up
The leak from the investigation into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, implies that Nanny's surveillance operation that day was more akin to something out of the Keystone Cops.
Contrary to earlier reports, from amongst others Sir Ian Blair, Mr de Menezes did not sprint over the ticket barrier and he was not wearing a bulky coat.
The policeman operating the surveillance video recorder managed to find himself distracted, as he relieved himself.
All in all, if this leak is to be believed, the operation was a total cock up from start to finish.
Aside from the shooting of an innocent Brazilian, there is another very worrying aspect to this story.
After the shooting, Sir Ian Blair made several media appearances stating the "facts" of the situation; eg bulky coat, acting suspiciously and refusing to stop when challenged.
The leak contradicts his account of events.
However, on top of the attempt by Nanny to directly "manage" the news via Sir Ian Blair, was her disgusting and unseemly attempt to further deflect criticism by implying the Mr de Menezes was here illegally.
Nanny's Home Office said that his student visa expired on June 30, 2003.
They issued a statement to the media at the end of July along the following lines.
After examining his passport, the Home Office determined that the stamp giving him the right to remain in Britain appeared to have been fake.
De Menezes arrived in Britain on March 13, 2002, and was granted entry for six months as a visitor. He applied and received a student visa on October 31 of that year, allowing him to stay until June 30, 2003. After that, the Home Office had no record of any further application or correspondence from de Menezes.
"We have seen a copy of Mr. de Menezes' passport containing a stamp apparently giving him indefinite leave to remain in the UK,"
"On investigation, this stamp was not one that was in use by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate on the date given."
Whether or not this was true, and Uncle Jack Straw had to admit in a press conference that it wasn't, precisely what has that got to do with shooting someone dead in the street?
What you have witnessed here is a disgusting attempt by Nanny to manipulate the news, to try to deflect criticism of her and her acolytes.
This is a very nasty and unpleasant development in her personality, and media manipulation techniques.
It really is time that we remove her from office, whilst we are still able to do so.