The point here is not that such a criminal chancer should exist. Dizaei simply took advantage of a situation that an arm of the state — under government pressure — deliberately created. No functioning part of society, let alone our law enforcement, should ever have been so eager to hand cudgels to people who wanted to beat them up. Yet that is exactly what the police in Britain did, or rather, were made to do.
For ten years, every time Dizaei's criminality came to light he and his Black Police Association friends played the race card. It trumped all others. Former Scotland Yard Commissioner Sir Ian Blair was forced to apologise after an investigation into Dizaei's behaviour and made to praise his "integrity", as was Blair's predecessor, Sir John Stevens. The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, thought it appropriate to exert ministerial pressure to allow Dizaei back into the Met after he had been the subject of the biggest corruption inquiry ever conducted into a serving officer.
Dizaei's barrister Michael Mansfield, the left-wing, anti-establishment QC, declared after his client's conviction that it was all very sad because Dizaei had played such an important part in "integrating a changing role of diversity". In that reaction and indeed in the whole case can be seen an almost medical cross-section of the sick British body politic: an institution of state brought low; the emergence of crooks and scoundrels seizing their chance; and the presence of opportunistic haters of Britain willing to hang on to their coat-tails.
A government willing to deal with the problems of modern Britain will have to accept that it will be called names. Among them will be terms like "racist" which have been very successful in recent years at ending debates and indeed careers. Racism is a terrible thing and should be condemned. But it should not be possible for flippant accusations of racism to be thrown around and for serious people to feel obliged take them seriously. If the next government even starts to deal with this problem it will have to be immune to such charges. Otherwise it will be left, as the Metropolitan Police were, trying to defend itself against accusations levelled by people who don't want Britain to survive in any recognisable form.
The agenda that has assaulted Britain was created deliberately. The job of the next government must be, equally deliberately, to take that rotten agenda apart. The saddest thing is that the party about to walk into power is the one most scared of the names it will certainly be called.