Met chief rejects RUC slur claim Sir Ian Blair said he did not want to offend anybody The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said a row over his remarks about the RUC is "a storm in a tea cup". Sir Ian Blair had paid tribute to those who transformed policing in NI from an "almost completely paramilitary organisation, to an emblem of hope". The DUP said it was a "disgrace" and urged him to withdraw his remarks. Sir Ian said he was describing a police force that during the Troubles had to be supported by heavily-armed military, and he did not intend any slur. "It's a storm in a tea cup - of course I don't want to offend anybody," he said. "I was using the word as we would use it in England, because that would be a description of a force that faced the horrific terrorist threat that it did. "I think this is Ulster politics choosing words so that every word is weighed in a different direction." On Tuesday, Sir Ian had told an Ulster Television reporter: "You would have to be entirely insensitive not to have noticed that there has been change here. "I pay tribute to all the people from so many different walks of life... in making the changes from what was, as you say, a paramilitary, almost completely paramilitary organisation, to an emblem of hope." The PSNI replaced the old Royal Ulster Constabulary in 2001 as part of wide-ranging reforms of policing in Northern Ireland, recommended in the Patten Report.