Ian Blair

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Born Ian Warwick Blair
Chester, Cheshire, England
Religion Anglican
A senior UK policeman who claimed in 2006 that "Islamic terrorism" constituted "a far graver threat in terms of civilians than either the Cold War or the Second World War".

Met Commissioner Eppaulette.svg Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
1 January 2005 - 1 December 2008
Deputy Paul Stephenson
Preceded by John Stevens
Succeeded by Paul Stephenson
Resigned after disagreements with Boris Johnson.

Ian Blair has promoted the "war on terror" narrative, even claiming in 2006 that "Islamic terrorism" presented "a far graver threat in terms of civilians than either the Cold War or the Second World War".[1]

Jean Charles de Menezes killing

After Jean Charles de Menezes was killed by an officer of the Metropolitan police force, Ian Blair telephoned the Chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and wrote a letter to the Home Office stating that "the shooting that has just occurred at Stockwell is not to be referred to the IPCC and that they will be given no access to the scene at the present time".[2]

Terrorism comments

While in charge of the Met, Ian Blair gave a BBC radio interview in which he claimed that Islamic terrorism "is a far graver threat in terms of civilians than either the Cold War or the Second World War"(in which maybe 47 million civilians were killed).[3] In November 2005, a controversy about detention without charge proposals led to Blair becoming involved in allegations of the police being "politicised", when Ian Blair was one of several senior police officers who lobbied MPs to support Government proposals to hold suspected "terrorists" for 90 days.[4]

Brian Haw

Blair initially told the Metropolitan Police Authority that the operation to remove protestor Brian Haw cost £7,200, whereas the true cost was £27,000.[5]


On 2 October 2008 Blair announced that he would officially step down from the post on 1 December after disagreements with Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.[citation needed]


  1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/dec/24/politics.terrorism
  2. "Commissioner's letter to The Home Office". Metropolitan Police Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article2097766.ece
  4. "'Political police' prompts questions". BBC News. 11 November 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. http://www.guardian.co.uk/antiwar/story/0,,1786523,00.html