Next time the LibDems accuse the Conservatives of opportunism, throw this one back their faces. Today LibDem Home Affairs Spokesman Nick Clegg has lambasted the award of a CBE to Met Deputy Commissioner Andy Hayman. He thinks that because of the Forest Gate raid it should have been withdrawn or postponed (as if that wouldn't have leaked out and caused further damage to police morale). Andy Hayman was Chief Constable for Norfolk when I was in North Norfolk. He's a man of integrity and has had a career to be proud of. Of course things will go wrong operationally from time to time, but Clegg has no idea how many terrorist attacks Andy Hayman and his team have thwarted.
For Clegg to make this suggestion shows he's not the man I thought he was. I've made no secret that I have always thought he would be a formidable opponent as LibDem leader, but his performance so far as LibDem Home Affairs spokesman has suggested otherwise. He's a man of hidden shallows.