As as violence escalates in the Gulf kingdom, John Yates appears to have distanced himself somewhat from his statement that “Bahrain is safer than London”. Of course, with him contending that “the cops have taken some heavy, heavy injuries,” there is at least some evidence of that being the case for some time. Or did these “life-changing injuries” all occur in the time since that original statement on Bahrain being relatively safe?
Nevertheless, credit where credit is due, and “Yates of the Yard”, who had to resign his post as the Metropolitan police assistant commissioner over the phone hacking scandal, and who has been accused of being racist and homophobic, has at least admitted that he cannot guarantee security at this week’s formula one race, while stating that the police would use live ammunition if necessary. Now, if the sport’s organisers don’t take this as a signal to cancel the race, might there not be an argument for them being culpable should the situation then get out of control?
Still, for one person at least some good might have come out of John’s little stint to Bahrain. After all, being aware that the religious and cultural sensitivities of Bahrain, as well, of course, as the country’s laws, he realised that it might not have been possible for him to live together with Felicity Ross, his long-term partner and mother of his baby daughter, if they were not married. Therefore, he decided to tie the knot, just weeks before he flew to Bahrain. Well, congratulations to the new Mrs Yates and it is looking increasingly as if you might just be enjoying the good life back in ‘Blighty’ in the not too distant future.