This morning I read about the resignation of PC Murrie, following his ill-judged secret Santa gift of a pack of bacon and a bottle of wine to a Muslim colleague. The colleague, PC Mahmood, took the jape as banter and has gone on record as saying so. Moreover he has also commented that he sees PC Murrie as still a "good friend". The powers that be however struck with the force of a striking thing, using a balpeen hammer to crush a tiny cob-nut. Murrie was forced to resign effectively. A joke between friends has beconme a racist incident, has been resolved as such and PC justice has been seen to be done. A mosque spokesman has spoken reasonably and said PC Murrie deserves to be forgiven. PC Mahmood has also spoken in support. Evidence perhaps that they are integrated and rational people. An Asian community group spokesman however has gone all fierce and posturing. I wonder if he has friends across the racial divide and as keen a cultural perspective on British mainstream culture as he no doubt demands from the "native" British population? I wonder if the reactions to this "incident" are perhaps indicative of the over-sensitivity on the police side to this and to the lack of integration on the "Asian community group" side? Personally I think that Murrie was foolish but his relationship with PC Mahmood obviously indicates not institutional or personal racism but rather poor judgement. Racism should be punished and stamped out, poor judgement can however be used to learn from and ultimately improve the quality of the officer involved. Now the rest of the Bedford force will be possibly resentful, certainly more likely to think of racism as "PC nonsense" and may harden latent negative attitudes. Well done, Bedford senior police officers...a "right result".