I have nothing against Chief Constables. Honest, I haven't. In fact, its my high regard for the position that leads me to expect the highest standard from those selected to carry the responsibility which goes with the job. Which is why Sir Ian Blair should resign forthwith. The killing of Jean Charles de Menezes was a shocking occurrence which resulted from 'corporate failure' under his watch. This makes the Chief Constable's position totally untenable. If he stays the public's confidence in the Metropolitan Police will be much compromised. That is case enough. He should have gone already.
I've also posted in the past that Richard Brunstom should resign - but not because he's done anything wrong. He's always seemed to me to be an effective Chief Constable, even if a tad too keen to pursue publicity - but it has always been to promote the purpose for which he is employed, law enforcement. His attempt to seek a high profile for his desire to promote the legalisation of all drugs, will have the effect of undermining the purpose for which he is employed - which is to enforce the law as it stands. He's entitled to his opinion that the law should be changed, and he's been in a far better position than most of us to develop a view on the matter, but its my view that his vociferousness has undermined respect for our drugs laws. His campaign undermines the law. It doesn't fall within a Chief Constable's discretion to choose which laws should be enforced and which should not. If he wishes to pursue his opinions he should go and get another job.
As it happens, I have no objection to debate about the legalisation of drugs - even if I cannot imagine being convinced that it would be sensible. I was supportive of one of my fellow Conservative Assembly Members when he invited Lemmy, a former drug addict rock star to outline his case in the National Assembly about 3 years ago. It was and remains clear that our current approach to controlling drug use is failing. It also seems logical that if the laws are not going to be rigorously enforced, they might as well be discontinued. But at present, I believe that cannabis should be reclassified as a dangerous drug, and our Chief Constables should be enforcing the drug laws. Call it 'carrying a big stick if you like'. Thank Goodness that most Chief Constables understand what their responsibilities are.