I have been away. I have been enjoying myself at the coast. I completely missed Tom Winsor’s latest antics until I got back last night.
I was shocked, I was outraged, I was nigh on apoplectic. What kind of man, who has been the catalyst for Camoron and Cruella’s deconstruction of the Police Service, would wear such a uniform to an event such as that.
I do do not deny him is right to be there, he is, after all, Head Fred of HMIC, but a Police Officer he most certainly is not.
I have read that the uniform shown above is NOT a Police Uniform but the ceremonial uniform of Head Fred HMIC, and that gives him the right to wear it, because his predecessors have previously enjoyed the same right to wear that regalia. His predecessors, may I point out, had ALL been Commissioners or Chief Constables and had served their time at the coalface so to speak.
Has he taken his Oath? Has he actually crept in under my radar and become a Police Officer without me noticing? I had begun, just begun mind, to forgive some of his excesses as I have been re-reading articles from last year and reminded myself how Independent his Independent Review had been. However, to turn up at the National Police Memorial Day in fancy dress, as one commentator put it, dressed for all the world as a Police officer, must have been like a slap round the face with a wet haddock to those officers, or bereaved relatives present.
I’ll be generous for a minute. It was not a Police Uniform, but is surely INTENDED to resemble one, and I thought that was a no-no. I have also seen another commentator ask the question “Does the Minister for Defence wear a military uniform?” NO and quite right too.
Is HMIC a uniformed service? Presumably not if a civvie can be Head Fred, so no need for a uniform of any kind for any occasion then. Smart grey suit will suffice thanks Tom. I could have been less offended if he had turned up in full ceremonial Masonic regalia, finely pressed Apron and Compasses gleaming.
At the very, very least I think we are all due an apology and a reassurance that there will not be a repeat of this misguided act.
I wonder what the HM part of HMIC thinks of it? But she’s too gracious to ever let us know.
I’m not quite sure whose photo I’ve borrowed so if it’s yours and you’d like it taken down please let me know and I surely will.