What The Papers Say: Jury stays out on Condon’s accountability

On 21/2/99, the Sunday Telegraph published parts of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report, and Jack Straw obtained an injunction.

On 21/2/99, the Sunday Telegraph published parts of the Stephen

Lawrence Inquiry report, and Jack Straw obtained an injunction.



It became clear that the extracts were made up of ’those sections which

appeared to make (Sir Paul Condon’s) ... position impossible’ (Daily

Telegraph 23/2/99). The Commissioner’s statement that he would not

resign became a big issue. A lot seemed to hang on whether he would

finally admit that the Met is guilty of institutionalised racism. David

Aaronovitch (Independent, 23/2/99) wrote about Sir Paul’s

incomprehension ’that his police force, whatever its resolutions,

consistently treats black people as being inherently more criminal than

white people.’



Editorials asked who could succeed someone who had fought so hard

against racism, the Sun even saying that ’half ... his force hate him

for being too close to campaigning race pressure groups’ (23/2/99). The

Sunday Mirror, the Sunday Telegraph, the Times and the Daily Telegraph

all argued against resignation - the rest are waiting.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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