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Race face-saving at the Met

By Andrew Gilligan  

Policeman settles out of court

Policeman settles out of court

Last month I wrote a piece in Prospect (“The Problem with pc PCs,” November 2008) about the ongoing racial rumblings in London’s metropolitan police. Today, Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur’s settlement of his racism claim against the Met leaves the very strong feeling that both parties have seized the first possible excuse to get themselves out of a deeply embarrassing situation. The involuntary departure of Ghaffur’s boss, Sir Ian Blair, next week, was that excuse. But Ghaffur’s original claim of Met racism…

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