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  John Yates: 'pretty crap' decision ends 30 years at Met
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Last EditedL'illusionniste  Jul 18, 2011 11:01am
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AuthorThe Guardian
MediaNewspaper - Guardian
News DateMonday, July 18, 2011 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWhen he appeared before an angry home affairs select committee last week, John Yates admitted that his decision not to reopen the phone-hacking investigation two years ago had been, in his own words, a poor one.

Two days earlier the Metropolitan police assistant commissioner had been a little more forthright, confiding in a Sunday newspaper that the choice had been "pretty crap".

That repeated underestimation of the severity of the News of the World saga has not only embarrassed the Met and cost the commissioner his job, it has proved to be the miscalculation that undid another of the Met's most respected officers.

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