Earlier today I was thinking about what I was going to blog about. I do most of my thinking in the bog because I am too bloody busy to do any thinking anywhere else, being run around like a blue a*se fly. I suppose that it is the same for most of us. There was a momentary panic when I thought the bog roll had run out but then I saw a Daily Wail Mail on the floor and knew that I was safe. Wiping my a*se on it would be symbolic of a newspaper who support the unfounded criticisms of the police simply to get a story . They are the hatchet wing of a government hell bent on running down the great tradition that is the police. On this occasion the reporters were James Slack and Jack Doyle, a dynamic duo who, in emulating the Sun, use a pair of tits in their attempt to sell the paper.
Their scoop was to reveal that nearly 200 police officers are full time Federation officials representing over 134,000 Federated members. A quick analysis reveals that nearly 200 actually means 176!! I suggest their superiors check their expense claims just in case they round up their beer and fags bill, oh, and their informant payment account! Wow! How many years does it take at journo school, guys, to come up with that piece of detective work? By the way, whilst we are on the maths issue the true representation of 176 for 134,000 officers comes back as 1 paid officer for 761 police members or 1 in nearly a thousand using the Daily Wail Mail mathematical formula. Then, to reinforce their newspaper story, they quote their old friend Dominic Raab MP for Esher and Walton who declares that, “The hard-pressed taxpayer will be gob-smacked that millions of pounds of their money is being squandered subsidising the activities of the histrionic Police Federation, rather than mitigating pressure on local force budgets.” A little over 12 months ago Raab was subject to scurrilous accusations by the same paper he uses to attack the Police Federation.
Future Home Secretary????
Nice to know that the Tories believe that workplace representation of Crown Servants with no right to strike, who cannot be unfairly dismissed, can be imprisoned simply for trying to do the job to the best of their ability, have spineless ACPO idiots changing policy dependent upon which way the wind blows and are often killed or seriously injured in the course of their work protecting the rights of idiots like Raab, is considered money that has been “squandered.” Just goes to show that we must be winning the argument when they cannot come up with balanced and evidenced views in support of their attitude.
Keep trying guys. You are beginning to give me great heart. Then I wiped my bottom with you and flushed you down the pan!!!!!
“Hands up if you believe that the report by Tom Winsor was impartial,” said Paul McKeever. “I notice you didn’t put your hand up, Home Secretary”
There then followed much mirth and laughter and the Home Secretary looked like a bulldog chewing a wasp. How satisfying it was and in that moment she felt the wrath of 130,000 officers and their families and their extended families. The Home Secretary during her conference address took great pleasure in stating that she was “telling it as it is” however she looked very uncomfortable when we, too, told it as it was. Theresa, dearest, what is good for the goose………! I’ll leave you to fill in the rest yourself.
I normally leave any replies to speak for themselves. However, in response to the last post about Tom Winsor I have faithfully reproduced below a comment contained in the replies section by Rather Annoyed on May 14th 2012:
Don’t forget that Theresa May is shareholder in Prudential which is the largest shareholder in G4S so she is lining her pockets as well! Visit http://bit.ly/KgOUNa and you will Theresa May’s entries on her Register of Interests. 26th November 2002 you will see states a shareholding in Prudential. Visit http://bit.ly/KlLXNV and you will see that Prudential has a 6% shareholding in G4S (the largest shareholder) – proof enough that these fat cats are getting fatter by robbing us, screwing us, and privatising the best police service in the world for their own gain?!
If this is true how can we really trust the impartiality of anyone dealing in this sorry business, from politicians to business leaders. They all seem to be p*ssing in the same pot and want us to believe that it is for our own good that we should put our lives on the line every day that we go out to protect the public and society at large. I’m certain if I tried this with my uPSD they would be lining me up for criminal charges. Why is no-one asking them questions?
A Tribute to this Government
On a slightly different tack, I have been in contact with the supplier of the now world famous T-Shirt bearing Theresa May’s head and the logo “Get Shafted and Carry On” and have been asked to co-ordinate all enquiries into sales for these shirts. Those of you, and there have been lots, who have already emailed will be contacted very soon in respect of your own orders. Demand has been a lot higher than anticipated so please bear with us. The price is anticipated to be in the region of about £10 plus postage and packing but I’ll let you know.
What is it about Tom Winsor that makes him so reviled and offensive? Is it his looks? You have to admit that the gods dishing out looks significantly passed him by but that is not really an issue. I have got loads of friends and colleagues who are ugly as sin but I still get on with them and enjoy their company. Is it that he singularly failed to realise the unique nature of being an unarmed police officer in the United Kingdom and that is why his proposals should be banished to the dump that contains previous attempts at so called “reform?”
The real reason why Winsor will be so reviled and offensive is the fact that he is a Partner in White and Case and they just happen to be advising G4S on winning a £200 million Police Authority Contract for Lincolnshire Police. It is so bloody obvious now. All this talk of privatising great swathes of police work to companies like G4S and we wonder why Tom Winsor was so in favour of running down the office of Constable. It is all so clear now. Undermine the very fabric of the police under the guise of modernisation, disaffect the police to such an extent that the efficiency is tested to the very limit and step in, hand in hand with G4S to take up the slack. Everyone’s a winner except the police and the public.
This latest example of Noble Cause Corruption of the highest order should be shouted from the rooftops and we should be letting our MP’s and the press know of the conflict of interest in a report which is simply designed to line the pockets of private industry.
What a great day May 10th 2012 was for all the wrong reasons. In that I mean it was a fantastic turn out of possibly 30,000 off-duty police officers who were worried about the future of policing. I applaud everyone who attended and the many who gave comment about the dangers we all face if the police is privatised or the conditions of service are changed so dramatically that the special nature of being a crown servant and unable to enter into industrial action is forgotten. The police are not to be tinkered with or put on an industrial employment footing if you want to retain impartiality and integrity.
ACC Steve Heywood - Rewrites the definiton of a Racial Incident to suit his and GMP's own circumstances.
In another issue I have to marvel at the senior command of Greater Manchester Police who can, somehow, manage to dismiss a racial issue by stating it is not a racial issue. It would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. Even the head official of the Ramadan Society went on television to state publically that he knew that the Asian men who preyed and groomed the white girls for their own sexual gratification were doing so because they were white. The would not get away with it had they done the same to an Asian girl. I know it, they know it, the head official of the Ramadan Society knows it yet Assistant Chief Constable Heywood simply dismisses GMP’s own definition of a racial incident and denies it.
BY doing so Heywood has lessened the true impact of this incident. Whether the intent of the offenders was racial or not is immaterial to the recording of the incident. I have lost count of the number of officers who have fallen foul of inadvertently misdiagnosing a racial incident only to have the uPSD or IPCC criticise and discipline them accordingly. Of course, we know it is one rule for them and another for us.
An email from part of a series I have received albeit about three weeks ago accused me of being involved in a rant which I could neither evidence nor justify. I have been asked by the contributor not to publish their comments as they do not wish to contribute to the site. He or she simply wishes to berate me. So be it. I do enjoy reading the well structured and superbly constructed arguments which form an opposing opinion to mine. However, this pr*ck could not string more that a few sentences together in a form of pigeon english and, as they know who they are, you could do with reading some books and working out how to punctuate. That way I might actually think you have something pertinent to say.
To further evidence my point of view I should refer the email pr*ck to the new investigation into the Corruption in the Metropolitan Police in respect of the Stephen Lawrence enquiry. The allegation is that the Met failed to pass potentially relevant material to the 1998 public inquiry into Stephen’s death. Another in a long series of corruption type incidents from ACPO officers all around the country. ACPO being that private business who control the police and allow non police officers to join their ranks and develop policy. At what rank do you think this decision was taken? Just like Steve Heywood’s remark from GMP there is no doubt in my mind that this reflects the decision of senior officers within the Met irrespective of who ends up biting the bullet. At some stage, surely, the public should realise that the integrity of ACPO and senior command in many forces in this country should be subject to a root and branch enquiry.