Teflon Lady

Cressida Dick, Cressida Dick
you’ve smashed the glass ceiling
with Whitehall dealing;
that’s quite a political trick

You put in your thumb
and pulled out a plum,
the first woman to lead the Met.
But don’t forget your debt
to a mother that lost a son
one July day in London.
He was shot by men under your command,
in a high-stakes game, you misplayed your hand.

An innocent life lost,
an existence tossed…
shit hits the fan
but, like a Teflon pan,
no dirty specks stick
to Cressida Dick.

Richard Foster
February 2017

After the 7/7 London bombings Cressida Dick was the gold commander in the control room during the operation that led to the death of the Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, wrongly identified as an attempted suicide bomber, on 22 July 2005. She has now been appointed the first woman to lead the Metropolitan Police.
The victim’s mother, Patricia Armani da Silva, wrote this letter London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan: “At the helm of the police on that fateful day, when the life of Jean was taken, included Cressida Dick. The IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) investigation made strong criticisms of the command structure and the decision-making that took place that day. As a family, we have always felt that those at the highest level, the commissioner and those in operational command, should be held responsible for the mistakes and for the misinformation and lies that were told by the police. We cannot be expected to accept that the most senior police officer in the country, a post that is expected to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, to command public confidence and ultimately be responsible for ensuring that no police officer acts with impunity, be filled by someone that is clearly tainted by her failure to live up to any of those requirements.”



Author: rjefoster

I am a budding musician and poet hoping to bloom.

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