A sad case of terminal political cancer

There are enough politicians in the police as it is. ‘Elected police chiefs’ is a joke policy.

Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last three years, you’ll have noticed that we are getting elected police chiefs….an idea masterminded by Oliver Letwin, doyen of the garbage searching (but entirely innocent of wrongdoing) low-life at Trinity Mirror.

This is an interesting case of trying to inoculate against cancer by giving the sufferer another small dose of cancer. Seventy years of research have shown that this doesn’t work with cancer, but the political class remains of the same, unaltered opinion: the answer to every problem is more politicians.

The police force of the UK has been ruined by politicisation already. That’s a broad statement, so it deserves some evidence to back it up. In particular, therefore, I would cite:

  1. Ridiculous amounts of time spent (a) avoiding pc incidents based in Islamic issues and (b) pursuing ‘hate crimes’, at least half of which are not even on the crime statutes in the first place – for example, the generalised ‘homophobia’ charge.
  2. Careerism among senior officers massively keen to tell us of their ‘leadership in cultural diversity’ which in an of itself is a 100% political stance the majority of UK residents have been shown to oppose…and history has shown over and over again to be a recipe for civil strife.
  3. The increasing treatment of driving offences as a form of tax collection…somehow deemed by idiots at the Home Office to be more important than burglary, ID crime, GBH instances and sound beat policing. The day any constabulary signs up for revenue collection is the day that Force accepts politicisation – not least because the need for such emergency levels of collection is the result of politically misguided policy in the first place. (Watch out for the proposed blanket 40 mph limit as a gold-plated example of this).
  4. The brazen bending of constabulary statistics to ‘pass’ the target examinations once again established by braindead politicians obsessed with gesture politics.

These factors alone are enough to ditch forthwith any ideas of making the police accountable in the sense of answerable to yet another political construct. But unusually for me, this isn’t my main objection to elected Police Chiefs. My big downer on this idea is that it’s simply another weapon of mass distraction from the key issue, viz: that politicians have produced a problem-riddled social context of violence, amoral white collar crime, casual law-breaking and youth disorder with which an underfunded police force cannot cope. And that the usual Westminster Brass Necker’s ‘solution’ for dealing with underfunding they caused and social mayhem they created is to….make one person elected at the top.

This, we are told, is the answer to the problem. As usual, it is unadulterated bollocks with a capital B that stands for Bobbies Being unable to Bag the Badguys. A parallel would be, on seeing the first smoke plumes rising from Vesuvius, to opt for flying over it in order to drop a bottle-cork into the crater. And when that didn’t work, to elect a volcanic eruptions Tsar.

The police force is pathetically undermanned at the bottom, hugely overmanned at the top, and drowning in a sea of paperwork in the middle. Our local cop-shop is only open three days a week, between 10 and 3. At night in East Devon, there is 1 (one) beat copper on duty after 1 am. East Devon is bigger than Hampshire.

The rank-and-file morale of most police forces is at rock bottom. They regard their officers as sycophants, targets as just more admin, the public as a devious enemy fully informed of its rights, every minority as something to avoid, criminals as out of control, and their salaries as a joke…which is why over 20% of police in some Forces moonlight on other jobs.

Time and again they are called upon to face the public’s indignation about inaction, adding insult to the injury of what has been done to them. They have to stare at their shoes when refusing to prosecute a GBH, listen to irate citizens on the phone when they refuse to turn up to a break-in, bite their lips when dealing with low-life insisting on human rights, keep apart extremist nutters in whom they have zero interest, and look on as other agencies such as trading standards pass the buck to them….with, I have to say, a degree of vice versa involved as well.

The correct policy for improved policing isn’t hard to outline. Dump these ersatz numpties called auxiliaries, fire half the officers, rigorously prosecute any and all cases of corruption, dramatically upgrade police familiarity with cyber crime, double the numbers on street duty, create a bigger, better serious fraud squad, give them a whopping pay increase, and get someone at the top like an Iain McLaurin to establish some pride in duty again. But above all, no elected amateur busybodies.

Having done that, of course, the fastest way to improve morale among Britain’s policemen is to pump money back into the criminal justice system: upping the detection rate is one thing, but it’s pointless when chummy the card-cloner simply won’t turn up to Court, and then can’t be found once he’s done a runner…or is simply let go because the CPS pleads poverty. Very happy to prosecute B&B owners accused of homophobia, mind – but not to bang up some sociopath hard at work destroying what’s left of our financial services system.

Ah but ah but ah but…I sense you reaching for the comment button to type “Where’s all the money going to come from?”

Personally, I’d snatch 10% of Mad Merv’s money-sluicing QE fund, and simply tell the Home Secretary to get on with investing £40 billion in social order, rather than a dead-horse economy destroyed by deadbeat investment banks. Personally, I’d first of all ensure that the Home Secretary wasn’t called Theresa May. Personally, I’d first of all get rid of Camerlot and the Ed Miller Band. Personally, I’d probably rather emigrate – but my wife won’t, the next generation of Slogs is about to get going….and it’d probably be just as bad almost anywhere else I care to live.

Forgetting my own personal dissatisfaction in all this, the question as always comes down to Fairyland politically-driven aspirations on the one hand, and the practical governance of Reality on the other. The triumph of the former usually results in all the priorities being wrong, and all the objectives both irrelevant and unachievable. How anyone other than a surreal clown could put forward elected police chiefs as the solution to Britain’s policing problem is beyond me. For a good two-thirds of MPs to then support the measure is less of a surprise, because that’s what grey, self-obsessed drones do up at Westminster. But for nobody else in the Cabinet (as far as I know) to put up a hand and observe that the promoters must be mad sort of says it all about our political system. As for the Opposition, they are quietly very happy about this development: it gives them another lever over our long-suffering police the next time Labour fluffies want their new laws against Fattism rigorously prosecuted.

The definition of the phrase ‘police work’ has been changed beyond all recognition over the last twenty years – in the face of geopolitical and commercial cyber developments, financial fraud, ID cloning, computer blagging, phone hacking, and myriad other forms of attack upon the citizen. The reaction of every Administration over that period has been to give the police a hard time, starve them of investment, and leave the citizen to his or her fate. When the Foreign Secretary comes out in public and freely admits that Britain has only bows and arrows with which to defend itself against sovereign cyber-crime, then what we have is an insouciant admission that all Governments in Britain are failing at the very core of their job: to defend the Realm, and protect the Citizen.

Their argument against this blatantly obvious conclusion is to point at the ‘great work’ being done by GCHQ to ‘protect’ us….by snooping on everything we watch, write and say in techno-communications. They have to ‘protect’ us in this way because they have failed to trace terrorists, failed to realise the threat from radical Islam, failed to control the inflow of anti-British elements, failed to invest in anti-cyber attack technology, failed to tell the US to f**k off, and failed to make any and all crime something that never pays – as opposed to something that is never prosecuted.

This ‘great work’ costs us £13bn per annum…or roughly what George Osborne has saved on expenditure since 2010. Wherever you look in the UK now, the physical evidence of how politicians have failed is readily available: surveillance cameras everywhere, a Palace of Westminster that resembles a top secret military installation, overcrowded roads, a lopsided economy, GPs playing at being tycoons, the poorest educational standards in the developed world, pointless degrees gained at the expense of craft skills much in demand, the inability to find a litter bin anywhere,  patients discharged from NHS hospitals with a pack of paracetamol for pain management, enormous propellers everywhere, generating little more than maintenance costs for the future, a global reputation for yob violence, and an uncontrolled financial elite busy pauperising everyone below the magic 7% – with the implicit assistance of the Bank of England.

Go to Germany, and it is not like this. Go to France, and one’s impression is the same. Nor is there this chaos from lousy planning and weak controls in Holland, Scandinavia, Switzerland, or Austria.

Why? Because there, specially trained civil servants who know their place offer harsh advice to politicians – and then carry out every policy to the letter. Every politician after Attlee – including Margaret Thatcher – stood by and watched as the civil service became ever bigger, ever more self-protective, ever more devious, ever more lawless, more and more staggeringly incompetent, and yet ever more shamelessly greedy.

Politicians always end up controlling the electorate via the Law, the Media, and the tax offices. The problem is, they don’t control anything else. Not immigration, not banks, not ISPs, not Sir Humphreys in search of feather beds, not virtual invasion, and not crime.

That’s why our policing is in a mess. And that’s why the only ‘policy’ on offer to change that is an elected arse-licker at the top.

Dear me. How much work there is to do for anyone interested in a UK revival.

45 thoughts on “A sad case of terminal political cancer

  1. Well said. Elected Police commissioners are bollocks of the first order.
    It comes from a party that thinks the answer to every problem is to make us a little bit more like the US, whilst studiously ignoring what works in mature social democracies nearer to home.

    Doomed.

  2. “Personally, I’d snatch 10% of Mad Merv’s money-sluicing QE fund, and simply tell the Home Secretary to get on with investing £40 billion in social order”… ok, but what would we then do with the resulting new Home Office building, redecorated police stations, new systems to spy on and control the innocent public, and new cars higher for ranking police officers? (oh ok, point taken, that only comes to £39.5 billion…)

  3. Of the above…
    ‘failed to tell the US to f**k off’ is undoubtedly the greatest failure of all…

    Camerdung the Bliar II

    • btw… you got it ALL in perspective whereas Camerdung the Pasty Warrior is all messed up… Zionist Lobbyists and drinking pals head that list

  4. Goin’ down the tubes, the entire rotting mess.

    Too much ‘convenience’ with borrowed profits for a select handful. That has always been the tradeoff. The bosses will let you pretend you are someone special while picking your pocket (life) as part of the process.

    “My profit, your debt.” sez the entrepreneur (thief).

    You are a slave for Tesco and for that piece of motorized junk in your driveway, you just don’t know it or won’t admit it. The ‘state’ is a collection agency for the bankers and the auto manufacturers. You have no rights, the bosses have all the rights and damned if you can or will do anything about it. May as well admit it, you are had and there is nothing you can do about it.

    Here is the revolution stillborn: taking a stand and you might have to give up your precious car or television set and all the other fetishes of all-powerful modernity and canned ‘individuality’. ‘Never!”

    Countries are filled with inepts … who don’t know how to do anything, unwilling to try, frightened by consequences or of being made an example of. The human race boils w/ frustrated rage yet has no idea. Humans are trained for anger/run like rats in the maze of highways and little metal boxes. This is the end-game of modernity: false promises of prosperity made with one hand while delivering a world that is stripped bare/galloping total ruin with the other..

    A modest proposal, get rid of the goddamned automobiles and burn the automakers at the stake. To get anywhere on this journey that you — the rest of the human race — is on, best to start walking, you cannot get there on wheels.

    It’s the cars or you, what’s it gonna be? Enjoy your fuel poverty, blokes. Why you are going under, down the tubes.

  5. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, it ain’t gonna get any better. Not until there has been blood spilt.
    Those self serving sycophants are not about to give their positions of power and influence willingly.

    • One day they may well be forced to give their positions to another set of self serving sycophants.

      That is the way of the world.

      • Who wants a quiet revolution. We’ve earned a few deaths after the s**t they’ve put us through.

      • Chris L

        My head says that violence rarely solves anything … my heart says “Spot on – wheel out the tumbrils”; a few score Humphreys meeting Madame Guillotine on a cold morning would steady up the rest of the buggers :-)

  6. “….£13bn per annum…or roughly what George Osborne has saved on expenditure since 2010.”

    This statement has almost become a water-mark on your blog and I like it!

    A good article angrily written and rightly so. Unfortunately all true.

  7. ‘Go to Germany, and it is not like this. Go to France, and one’s impression is the same. Nor is there this chaos from lousy planning and weak controls in Holland, Scandinavia, Switzerland, or Austria.’

    I can concur entirely with your observation.

    I have lived in Basel, Switzerland, for nearly 3 years (and intend to stay here) but I regularly venture home to visit family, take care of our UK affairs and watch the Spurs. Whilst all is not perfect here by any means, one thing I do see (and across the boarder in Germany & France for that matter) is constant ‘drip feed’ investment into the key infra-structure.

    In the UK seems we seem muddle along, waiting until things become so worn out (like the Victorian sewers or some roads in Hertfordshire I could name). Then when things reach a certain degree of degradation, politicians call for massive Keynesian spending sprees will put it all right. In the meantime much hard earned tax payers money is simply wasted by profligate local authorities, central government and its various agencies.

    Elected police chiefs will prove to be yet another sticking plaster solution to a problem that has worsened over the last 30 years since I left UCL.

    • It’s repeated “short termism” spending on just about anything
      Smaller (not really small however) amounts spent almost at infinitum to delay the problem over running everything as opposed to a much larger amount probably only needing to be spent once to remove the problem at source

  8. Which ‘profession’ has a final salary, indexed linked pension ,retirement age 50!,and ranks in the top decile for annual ‘sicky’ days?

    • Quite right, the police are overstaffed and overpaid. A sergeant averages £60k and a constable of 5 years service £40k. For what? To be tax collectors and murder innocent civilians with zero accountabilty given the cover up system. Elected Police Commissioners? A Chinese opera; a lot of soundf and fury signifying nothing.

  9. The problem is not that they are to be elected but every has been lowlife politician like Prescott are jumping on this new gravy train. Is there one case where a normal person from the real world is standing?

  10. I think elected police chiefs provide an excellent ‘cut out’ for the politicians. If your house is burgled every night, blame yourself, not the government. You voted for the wrong police chief.

  11. So our police are expected to get their heads around field programmable gate arrays and verilog VHDL and the accentuated programming,whilst most training stops at Windows.Even our Universities right across Europe don’t bother teaching/lecruring on these subjects as they are too esoteric.Yet they are the sop of high frequency trading and beloved of St Petersburg University dept.of computing,along with the blogosphere of Southern China,which treats this “high technology”like child’s play as they hack their ways across the planet.The lack of realisation of external threats to the UK will not be recognised,as our “boss”calls the shots,refuses to extend technology to us and watches that same technology,TrapWire eg,being used by off shore criminals against our financial centre.I could go on,I’m going home to feed the cat.,but this ends badly for the elite and us.

  12. I like the idea of elected police commissioners. If they need to be elected to stay in a job they might pay more attention to our concerns than those of the Common Purpose graduates they are supposedly going to supervise.

      • @Gemz: you couldn’t be more wrong. First past the post lets us throw the bastards out. I still remember Michael Portillo’s defenestration with glee. Wait and see what happens to the LibDems next time round – they’re going to be annihilated. Much better than the lousy PR/party list system across Europe that condemns you to the same lineup of deadbeats in coalition every time.

        First past the post is the reason we aren’t in the Euro. If we’d had PR and perpetual coalition the politicians would have taken us in. In the event public dislike of the idea combined with Sir James Goldsmith funding the Referendum Party kept us out, thank God.

    • Elected or being unelected? this is a mascot -a removable one: a fall guy if you like. One man is NOT going to solve all crimes even those which are not considered to be real crimes like race hate. or religious intolerance. It is some one to take the flack when civil servants make mistakes! and politicians play at being masters of…ermm no one actually. IT is a finger pointing position.

      • What balls. The Police Commisioner will control the budget and decide priorities. Of course he won’t solve crimes personally. You don’t see Chief Constables making door to door enquiries.

  13. Where to start? You could write a book on this subject matter and still not cover all the relevant aspects. I agree with the basic premise which I’ll attempt to précis by stating it thus, that politics and policing don’t and shouldn’t mix. The fact that in the UK they have been forced to, has accelerated the decline in standards of both.

    Prior to 1984 and the subsequent introduction of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and the transfer of the prosecuting authority from police to the CPS, politicians found it difficult to exercise the control over police that they desired. Figures already in the public domain showing a disproportionate number of politicians coming from the legal profession is a good indication of why politicians want control of police.

    The P.A.C.E Act rendered police powerless to deal effectively with any person, once he’d been arrested and the CPS ensured that double the amount of time and effort was required to be invested by police into achieving a fraction of the number of prosecutions previously achieved.

    The ludicrous “Tough on crime and the causes of crime” response by Blair’s government to a rapidly deteriorating police effectiveness, which resulted in the creation of 13500 (effectively a doubling) of new criminal offences, unsurprisingly achieved nothing of value. It did however enable the criminalising of previously law abiding citizens for trivial offences not previously connected to the statistics of accelerating lawlessness.

    Add into that equation the absurd assertion that it is the fault of police, for failing to control crime, when criminals with literally dozens of conviction are still not deprived of their liberty for more than a few days at a time and you have the ‘political’ control of the criminal justice system as a whole.

    Installing elected police commissioners allows parliament finally to blame the electorate for the failure of the policies successive governments, for whatever reason, have created. It is in effect a ‘don’t look at me, you elected him’, get out of jail free card.

    In relation to police pay though, I’d bet a majority of serving officers (excluding senior officers who are now a breed alone and too frequently unfit for the job, having been promoted under the ‘politically correct’ system) would prefer to retain the status quo but just be allowed to get on and do the job, before they’d attach priority to any sort of increase.

    Granted, this is a superficial overview but in my defence the subject is huge and anything more in depth would take up too much space.

  14. I’d snatch 10% of Mad Merv’s money-sluicing QE fund, and simply tell the Home Secretary to get on with investing £40 billion in social order

    Two observations on this – Holland, where I live, is infested with police. It is, in many respects a police state. There is however something interesting going on here. Stop a policeman – on foot or their bicycle (yes, cops have liveried cop bicycles here) – and they have time to talk to you. That is something I would like to see more of in the UK. Policemen visibly walking up and down, and available to speak to all and sundry.

    There is an important message here: these are people just like you and me. They are not always the visored automata that line up with shields and batons when there is a spot of bother. Yes, the Dutch can do this too: when there was an upset in Ondiep* a few years ago they simply fenced off the entire area. That takes manpower. They had it.

    *Ondiep is one of the poorer areas of Utrecht.

    The other area I would like a lot of spending on is education. Not just better results, but more teachers and better paid. One of my first jobs in Holland was cleaning a secondary school during their summer break. What struck me as a former teacher myself was that there were no more than 16 chairs to a classroom. Believe me, teaching 20 teenage kids is much, much easier than teaching 27 or 32. I would suggest that 16 is too few, but that doesn’t seem to worry the Dutch Overheid.

  15. This is one of those blog pieces that sounds all very commonsensical and rightly angry at all the ambient crap. All very plausible at first view but on what evidence do you base your assertions that the civil service is now devious, incompetemt and protectionist?

    Can you imagine working for a shower of bosses who are utterly self interested, ideologically blind, supremely and irreversibly convinced of their own merit and only capable of thinking in the short term? And, who, when their idiotic and ill thought out plans fall publicly flat, will blame the nearest cowering minion?

    So where is the evidence? How do you know that our civil servants dont know their place and give harsh advice? They seem to be leaving their cushy jobs in droves so their advice is clearly not going down too well.

    • Mw W
      “How do you know that our civil servants dont know their place and give harsh advice?”
      Ever worked for these guys? I have. JW has it right.

    • What planet are you on? The civil service is a total disaster. i was one once, not in the UK, but i had plenty of opportunity to interface with them. Quality has gone down the toilet as their pay has soared.

    • @wiggo: To an extent you ask the right question. We need to separate out what we mean be “civil servant”.
      The UK Home Civil Service (not local govt, NHS, police etc) employs around 500,000 people. Of those, around 5,000 are “senior civil servants” – the elite; the Sir Humphrey types. The rest do all the menial stuff like sorting benefit claims, issuing passports, tax discs and the like. These folks’ average salary is around £24,000 – not exactly in the top 1%.
      The “senior” cadre are also a mixed bunch – among the few “buggins-turners” there are many tasting the harsh reality of public service after successful careers in the private sector, as well as whole load of highly talented and trained administrators that made it from the ranks.
      It’s the empire builders – they exist in both public and private sectors – that we need to be shot of.
      The problem is – as JW makes plain all the time – is accountability. There are all sorts of “accountable officers” in the civil service. The watchers overs these folk are the National Audit Office. Hahahahaha… Therein lies the problem.

  16. Very good article, Police chiefs being elected will not make one iota of difference to tackling crime. Police will still arrest someone whose son has been shot in the head with an airgun & detain him for 7 hours simply because he delivered the wrongdoer to the police station himself. Nothing was actually said in this piece in the Failygraph, but reading between the lines, the wrongdoer was not English.
    This article, JW, tells us a good deal of what is wrong with the UK, but apart from the people who post on here(excepting trolls, of course) no one in the UK seems to realise that there IS anything wrong at all.

  17. Where they went very wrong with the elected Police Commissioner plan was in not banning any candidate who had held any other public office, elected or appointed, for the previous 10 years or been a member of any political party for the same period.

    That would have de-politicised the position, enabling many ordinary, high-skilled and dedicated citizens to think it worth putting themsleves forward. As it is, the power of political patronage ensures that only a party candidate has a reasonable chance, so nothing will change – hence it’s a complete waste of time and money on such ‘plastic democracy’.

    • Mudplugger – Your 10 year banning rule is a stupendously good idea but I’m still not entirely convinced by elected police Commissioners, it seems to be just another way of diverting Ministerial and Home Office accountability and responsibility. If something goes badly wrong the elected police commissioner will become a very convenient lightening conductor and scapegoat. The fall guy for Home Office blunders, and how much power will he really have? Will the elected police Commissioner be able to select his own chief officers or will he be only allowed to choose from a very narrow specially approved Home office list?
      The thought of Police Commissioner Prescott strutting around on Humberside like a Bantam Cockerel with his puffed up plumage doling out his own version of justice is just too horrible to contemplate.

      • Mark – I share your concern re. the strutting Prescott etc, hence the ‘ban’ to eliminate such time-serving party-hacks.

        How it will eventually pan out will depend on the ‘spirit’ shown by the elected people in defining their role in the first few years – I fear that, with the range likely to be elected, there will be little visible spirit, as they all continue to serve their party place-masters first.

  18. quote from JW :Ah but ah but ah but…I sense you reaching for the comment button to type “Where’s all the money going to come from?”

    Wellllllllllllllllll now you mention that. we could shed a few quid by removing 24 hour protection to an over glamorised second rate ‘Author’- satanic mince or something. Get a grip on the ‘Human rights INTERPRETATION. save billions from bastartds oops, sorry -typo, meant Barristers AND save appx 50 thousand per day or what ever it costs to stop Assange leaving the country… let him go to Equador.I hear it’s nice this time of year. INSTANTLY REMOVE all bogus asylum seekers- foreign benefit scroungers. More could be done but I fear, and this is a real fear- a Nazi style government will be in place this century and there will be no shortage of volunteers to ’round up’ the demonised ( what ever guise they are known as) and escorted to *camps*. The rivers of blood speech was ignored at our peril and now they are still not listening. Be it on their head.
    John you have got this one on the money!

    • Those pointless nukes could go as well – I hate to think how many billions the total cost of them amounts to. I’m all for a benevolent joint-dictatorship – how about Bob Stewart and Stephen Fry?

  19. Elect me police chief
    The next set of riots will be crushed in a hail of gunfire.

    The reality is, elected commisioners wont be able to hide behind phoney “crime is falling” stats.
    The voting public wont give a shit, they will look out of their window, they wont look at the power point.

    Political Police only survife today, because they only have to hood wink which ever genetic drop out sits in the home office.

  20. My own grievance about Stafford Police – and I feel awful complaining about the police, because I know its a difficult job, but they should not be helping cover up the Pindown child abuse – that is just plain wrong! And I don’t think it is right that Stafford Police’s Chief Constable is ACPO lead for LGBT portfolios, I think the Chief of Police should be concerned for EVERYONES right not to have criminal offences committed against them, wether they are LGBT or (please everyone excuse me for saying what is now considered in this day and age to be a taboo word) hetrosexual.

    And I certainly don’t think it’s right for any police officer to caution victims of child abuse against blogging!

    Covering up institutional child abuse causes a lot of problems, it’s not only a cruel thing to do, it also makes it very difficult for people who have been abused as children to “get over” it if they have people in authority leaning on them try to shut them up!

    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fzoompad.blogspot.com%2F2012%2F03%2Fyoure-making-too-many-arrests.html&ei=pIU4UNnuNcOr0QWuu4CYAg&usg=AFQjCNH20JYgRV18_gjrDrvS5BUM07wAaQ&sig2=8pKjuwBkgzG75f3uPT1fNw

  21. THe basic problem with the police force in the UK is they have abandoned the peelian principles of policing.

    Furthermore, a major problem is being managed at all levels by timeservers reporting to a central bureaucracy.

    Local police chiefs is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, but of course it is no panacea.

  22. Elected positions is the exact opposite of whats required. From what I can see some basic structure and certainty of promotion for performance would be a good start. It seems the police have lost the plot in terms of what ‘Performance’ is……….this should be clearly declared to police and public alike

    The other good point is that in this day and age policing is much more dangerous than it used to be……we have to embrace this fact and be pepared to properly reward the risks that are taken……and at the same time make sure that the increased investment buys some better conviction stats……otherwise risk ending up with a third world ‘token’ police who all have the attitude ‘why should I risk life and limb….i dont get paid enough for that’ …

  23. Good post. Unfortunately the Blair legacy has been to shift Britain to the Left and warp the moral code of the country to such an extent that the Police is so afraid of arresting anyone for fear of violating their human rights or offendig or upsetting anyone.

    The present Government is equally as bad. For fear of upsetting anyone by putting them out of job by slashing public spending or by removing or reducing benefits, the sloppiness that’s found in the State sector and society at large persists. I don’t think the majority of the British public realises the mess the country is in and the necessity of reform.

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