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on 17 March 2009
This is a fairly readable account of this officer's irresistible rise in the police, having failed to become a pilot. I had to take issue with a few aspects of the book, reflected in his policies as Police Commissioner for the Metropolis, notably the anti-racist, anti-sexist me-too political correctness; also, his espousal of flak jackets, stun guns, blinding sprays etc, the sort of robocop image which alienates so many of us from the smugly politically correct semi-military police force which gradually emerges in Britain, descending from battle wagons or helicopters looking like a frightening army. Still, quite interesting, not least in his guarded yet clear denunciation of the dreadful David Blunkett (a criticism echoed by another top cop, Hellawell, in his own memoirs). Stevens hints at Blunkett's squalid private life too, though without giving details. What happened to Dixon of Dock Green, or even Inspector Morse, though?