Subsequent to the shooting of two women policemen one of whom has since died, former top UK policeman Mr. John Stevens apparently has written to (of all papers) the "News of the Word". He says :
"I genuinely never thought I'd say this, but I am now convinced that the monster who executed this young woman in cold blood should, in turn, be killed as punishment for his crime,"
The cynic in me thinks maybe Mr.Stevens's comments are coming in aid of Ian Blair (and other interested parties) in the comingled debates over "shoot to kill" and whether the police forces are being politically manipulated by the Labour government or not.
Certainly this tragic event is begging for consideration of other more pertinent issues such as whether British police should be armed as a matter of course. These policewomen apparently were not.
But even more importantly, a tragic event such as this should (but most certainly will not) bring up the more obviously politically un-correct question of whether women should be placed in harm's way.
For a thoughtful essay regarding women in the military see here.