On the surface, the future looks bright for Chief Constable Sara Thornton of Thames Valley Police.
The last time that the post of Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police was vacant it seems that Ms. Thornton threw her hat in the ring. See First female tipped to land Britain's biggest police job.
Following the resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson yesterday, Ms Thornton has been installed by one firm of bookmakers as favourite to succeed him. See Who might be next Met Police commissioner?.
One wonders, however, whether the Mayor of London will wish to consider as a candidate for Commisioner of the Metropolitan Police someone regarding whom there are serious questions about her integrity.
Regular readers of this blog will be aware that I hold the opinion that Thames Valley Police in 2010 and 2011 have been covering up the murder of Dr. David Kelly.
Chief Constable Thornton has, in my view, been directly involved in that cover-up.
In fact, it is my view that Chief Constable Thornton may have committed the offence of perverting the course of justice.
If you were in charge of appointing a new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police would you appoint Sara Thornton with such unresolved issues hanging over her?