Thursday, 9 April 2009

Bob the Blunder

Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick

Meet Bob Quick, until this morning head of counter-terrorism at New Scotland Yard. The picture is of him arriving at Downing Street to brief the Prime Minister on a top secret anti-al Quaeda operation, waving around his top secret papers as he gets out of the car.

Downing Street of course is often full of photographers with powerful lenses. Bob should have known this because...

Caroline Flint: former housing minister

...Caroline Flint, back in May last year, did exactly the same thing - wandered along Downing Street with her paperwork showing. For her it was embarrassing because it showed the government was trying to persuade people to buy houses while all along knowing prices were going to fall.

President Reagan once did much the same. He carried a folder with a secret codeword on the cover in full view of the press. The press didn't pick up on it at the time but it was still deemed necessary to rename the operation in question; also embarrassing.

It's more than embarrassing for Bob Quick though. He blew a major operation with his casual attitude. He forced the police to move before they were ready. Some terrorists may have escaped the net. His resignation was right and proper.

Some links:
Caroline Flint shows her briefs
Bob Quick quits

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