Wednesday, June 26, 2013

20 years on....

The latest attempt to whittle a BIG stick with which to beat the MET gathers apace and is currently keeping a large amount of airtime and print space in the ‘meeja’

An Ex officer has stated he was tasked to infiltrate groups linked to the Lawrence family campaign. He is suggesting that at least part of the reasoning was to ‘smear’ the Lawrence family.

This was the tragic death of a young man 20 years ago.

The ex-officer has now come forward to ‘spill the beans’ about his involvement in the subsequent investigation into this

Reason for this?

Perhaps he couldn’t live with himself anymore about what he was tasked to do. Although it seems it is vague as to what he thought the Met would do with the information he received.

Smear, smear, smear seems to be the key word but maybe that’s the view taken by the Guardian and those behind this.

Does the officer have another reason for coming forward after 20 years with this? Who knows…yet?

It seems reasonably clear that a number of other politically active groups would seek to take advantage of the issues around the death of this young man.

I do not think it unreasonable to assume if this was the case then the MET would attempt to try and monitor who was latching on the family’s campaign and use it as some form of political issue to further their aims.

The Ex officer was used to target groups believed linked to this aims. His spin is that this was part of some overall attempt to discredit the family ( or perhaps that is what the media has interpreted as being the case )

It reminds me of the old adage  ...’ if you lie with dogs do not be surprised if you get fleas’.

The investigation into the death of Stephen Lawrence was, in short, frankly inadequate. The thrust of everything since is it was because of the colour of the victim.

We had the media circus at the Elephant and Castle centre

Macpherson himself could not find any officer involved in the matter to be deemed racist

He eventually came up with the concept of Institutional Racism. A hitherto unheard of phrase but was used in subsequent years to bring any organisation to account in its dealing with issue of race.

If any Senior member of staff at that time (and this could only have come from the top)  SPECIFICALLY  targeted the Lawrence family with undercover officers to  ‘dish the dirt’ on them bearing in mind the circumstances of their son’s death then the weight of opprobrium should fall on them.

If some 20 years down the line the intent was to ascertain who was using the family to further their own cause then that should be judged in the context of what was happening in those times and not as is  now , a notion that the MET is as it was 20 years ago…

We have always been, certainly at grass roots level, a hardworking bunch of officer trying to do a job in difficult and ever scrutinised circumstances.

Let the SMT then and now explain themselves and keep the officers THEY directed out of it.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Let's talk relativity

Lets talk Relativity.

No….. Not E = MC Hammer or whatever it was

Apparently… straight talking…. Call me Dave… man of the people… Cameron reckons the police in the UK are relatively honest.

Frankly Dave ….compared with some of the grasping ‘troughers’ at the House on the Thames the Vatican should be drawing lots as to who within Police UK should be given a sainthood.

When challenged on the remark he waffled as ever and threw in other possible ‘bad eggs’ such as politicians and the press.

ACPO .Nothing to say ….probably worrying about what the local PCC is thinking up and hoping it’s not P45.

The FED…hah…..apparently the quote was . "The description was clumsy in that it has been interpreted in a way that I am sure is far from what he meant. "I am satisfied by his further clarification that he was intending to demonstrate the differences between the West in general and unstable regimes."

Yeah right and then it was off to Mothership Leatherhead for cocktail hour.

We cannot win. They do despise us.

But they need us, so occasionally they trickle down some faint praise. Usually when one of us dies or is seriously injured

Like the officer in the Mosque in Wolverhampton yesterday. Taser used ..didn’t work..   attacked with a knife .. a piece of lead propelled at appropriate speed would have assisted. As the two in Woolwich found out

The Central areas are full of Aid at present. The local press seem caught in what to do.

They put the story of the 3 climbing specialists in the G8 squat raid wrestling with the roof top protester along with the images from Turkey…..

I am very thankful I gave up my flame retardant boiler suit of justice some years ago

And apparently the Met are getting Positive…in terms that they are looking to positively discriminate to ensure the Met reflects the community.

I don’t care what colour, religion, sexual orientation or whatever perceived ‘difference’ there is in the colleagues I work with. All I expect is that they are capable, willing to learn and have passed the same procedures as I did ( or did…and I could swing the lamp for some time about the old days of yore at Hendon) and that are capable of hitting the ground running or at least at a fast walk…when they are allowed out..

Positive discrimination is unfair. It is unfair on those who are not perceived to need ‘Positivity’  and clearly affects candidates who are clearly able but are left with that perception they were only pushed through because at that particular intake the MET needed %   XXX….….. 

As I am on a rant ….what about The Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and its plans for the remainder of the MET estate …A review document is published  for public consultation

One of the most politically ridden comments came when they discussed the residential estate. The Met has reduced the number of units of accommodation for officers who have trouble finding affordable accommodation in London. Post Sheehey it has been pared away..

The quote was something like ..’ we will work with local providers to obtain affordable housing . This will ensue they are able to be respond quickly in an emergency and live amongst the community they serve.’

I have worked in some rough areas in London and frankly sections of that community wouldn’t ‘p**s on me if I was on fire.

They have no concept of what wearing the uniform  has on the officer or his family and the restrictions it brings

How they expect new recruits to even consider living centrally on £19000 amazes me.

But MOPAC is a political animal and eventually it will chew its own tail to an inevitable conclusion.

It’s the damage left afterwards is the issue.

Sir BHH to the rescue?…mmmmm…don’t hold your breath…..