morddwyd 08:22 15 May 2010

Cameron has decided to do away with his police outriders, thereby making himself (and his wife and unborn child if she is with him) a sitting duck for any loony with a grudge and a WWII grenade, let alone the more sophisticated threats.

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And this is the one who has just taken over responsibility for the nation's security!

  Forum Editor 08:36 15 May 2010

David Cameron's motive in this is easily understood. He wanted to portray himself as a man of the people, sharing our traffic frustrations, etc.

I think most of us could understand that - it's a simple enough concept.

The problem lies in the fact that he hadn't thought it through sufficiently, or that he was ill-advised. Either way, the decision isn't world-shattering news, and will, I suspect, be reversed, once the Prime Minister understands the wider implications of his move. Everyone drops a few clangers during the first few weeks of a new job - let's not be too hasty to make enormous mountains from tiny molehills.

  birdface 08:43 15 May 2010

I was wondering why he never had a security escort back from the Palace.
I think this has to be one of his first mistakes You did see the chap with the camera taking photos on his mobile in the window of the car while it was stopped in the traffic.
He could have been anybody.
Not sure who his security advisors are but he wants to sack them.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 08:46 15 May 2010

The Jaguar that is his 'personal' car is heavily armoured and can easily withstand any blast. He is not that daft.
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  Forum Editor 09:20 15 May 2010

is not the fact that David Cameron might be safe inside his armoured car, but that the absence of outriders might lead to members of the public becoming embroiled in any incident.

The outriders aren't just police bike riders, they're special protection officers, armed and trained to deal with emergencies. The mere fact that they could speed the car through traffic is in itself a safety measure - it's harder to hit a moving target.

  john bunyan 09:24 15 May 2010

Maybe they are needed for Prince Andrew's daughters, to escort them to Boogies (or whatever).

  morddwyd 09:37 15 May 2010

With the greatest respect for the PM, Prince Andrew's daughters would be just as great a coup for any terrorist.

  birdface 10:27 15 May 2010

I think it was a foolish decision on his part.
I totally agree with the FE that the sooner he reverts back to normal security arrangements the better.

  morddwyd 20:23 15 May 2010

"He's not responsible for the nation's security"


Then why, immediately after kissing hands, was he, like all the prime misters before him, whisked straight off to a security briefing?

It's the first official job of any premiership.

  spuds 21:47 15 May 2010

Consider the Princess Anne incident, and how that did and could have turned out.

Then there are ministers who had responsibilities for Northern Ireland, who wanted to be 'just one of the locals' and regarded security as unnecessary item and inconvenience. Behind the scenes it never worked out like that, and become a far more costly event and a real pain for those responsible of maintaining safety.

  rdave13 21:54 15 May 2010

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, is quite right to not have outriders escorting his car.

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