Who suggested that they had skills and drills on parity with Hereford?
It's implicit in this statement:
What makes you think the military are any better qualified or trained than the police?
What has routine close protection got to do with a minuscule number of cops, who the press have chosen to focus on to the exclusion of the other 99.5% who have performed perfectly well. The SMT in The Met deal with life and death and high stress important decisions on a daily basis, I doubt any of them have a quiet life in a city of over 8 million or expect it.
Why do you think that The SAS handed over 99% of all CP Duties to The RMP in the seventies?
Possibly all perfectly true but entirely beside the point under discussion - which you would know if you'd bothered to read the thread rather than simply sound off.