WTF? There's many a nastier beast in the world of top-end criminality than Mayor Khan, unprincipled little opportunist that he is. What we need in our Metropolitan Police Commissioners is someone who can look absolutely any mortal man squarely in the eye, unblinking, and read his fortune for him. Stick it up your arse, Mr Mayor.
Before I am accused of sexism (or being a neocon shill, or whatever it is our sub-marxist trolls like to say), let us immediately add that in my varied career I have met several women quite capable of facing down the Khans of this world. Yes, bullies exist and yes, the Fred Goodwins, the Maxwells and the Bernie Madoffs make ground too easily in a world where most people back off from confrontation at the narrowing of a glowering eyebrow.
But it shouldn't be too much to ask that the top police job spec includes backbone. Moral fibre. Character.