How did this dunderhead actually get to become one of the top policemen in the land?
Many public figures including Winehouse and Moss have escaped prosecution despite the publication of video footage which appeared to show them taking drugs.
Sir Ian said: "My position is that a sensible jury would not expect people to be sniffing talcum powder.
"I expressed my concern over the Kate Moss stories, we did that investigation and we hit the same issue.
"At the moment the law says you must be in possession of a Class A or a Class B to be prosecuted. If you are seen on film then nobody can tell what the substance is.
"I think it is reasonable for a jury to say: \’you convince me that you are taking talcum powder\’ because it is an unusual way to take it."
It\’s not up to the person being prosecuted to prove anything….it\’s up to those doing the prosecuting to prove any- and every- thing beyond a reasonable doubt. Someone filmed stuffing powder up their nose no more has to prove that it\’s talcum powder than they do that it\’s crystalised cat urine: the prosecution has to prove that it\’s something which it is against the law to either have or stuff up one\’s nose.
Fortunately, there is at least one person within the establishment who gets this.
But Sir Ken, the Director of Public Prosecutions, accused Sir Ian of "completely misunderstanding" the law and said that he was "extremely surprised" that the Metropolitan Police commissioner wanted stars to face a jury if they are caught on camera apparently snorting cocaine or smoking crack.
He claimed the suggestion that the CPS does not pursue drug-taking celebrities is "completely untrue".
Sir Ken said: "I\’m extremely surprised by comments attributed to Sir Ian Blair. If he is accurately quoted he appears to have completely misunderstood the law.
"The issue was not whether the white powder that Kate Moss was snorting was cocaine or talcum powder. The law required us to prove that it was either a class A drug or a class B drug. We could only base our case on one of these options.