Sunday, October 27, 2013

If you live in a House of Cards ...why huff and puff?

If the Daily Bile is accurate, one of the three officers harangued by the Commons Committee may be threatened to be summoned to 'the bar of the commons' ... for  'trial'

Which one?  I ask.. as there are a number tucked away in its exalted halls...all tax payer subsidised.

Apparently this hasn't been done for over 50 years.

His crime ?....apart from not crawling with the others, into Parliament, wearing a  hair shirt to grovel at the table of the Committee, was to call 'allegedly' Ms May ' that woman'

The 'transcript' secretly recorded by Mr Mitchell suggests he did. He cant recall using those words.

I hope his advisors ask for and carefully analyse the original copy of the 'secret recording' to refresh his memory.

The CCTV footage allegedly casting doubt on the original officers account took about 3 months to 'appear'

Should this office fail to 'apologise'...I am assuming for calling Ms May 'that woman'..  he could theoretically be imprisoned for the remaining term of Parliament.

It seems the last person to be 'summoned' was the Sunday Express editor  Sir John Junor in 1957 who dared publish an article criticising politicians petrol allowances. He apologised.

I bet now, knowing what they HAVE  been up to over the years he may have considered his words.

If  ' that woman' is all Ms May has been called in  her time as a politician I think she can think her self lucky.   

Friday, October 25, 2013

Who are they .???

The capacity of senior management to shoot the Job in the  foot never ceases to amaze me.

Apparently the College of Policing has decided to give a draft of a police Code of Ethics an airing in the media. Such gems are that we should not get pi**ed or off our t*ts on drugs whilst on duty, neither should we engage in sexual conduct, importune members of the public in our capacity as constables of the Crown and also respect and obey the Law.

The College of Policing seems to be a refuge for those who did earn a living in ACPO or the NPIA ( National Policing Improvement Agency ) and suddenly realised they were in the firing line for  Government cuts and decided to create something to justify their existence.

Their output then was of the  'No shit Sherlock!' variety and it seems nothing has changed since.

The problem with this nonsense is that it gives the rags such as the Daily Bile even more ammunition to purvey the notion that the  police are off the rails.

The College of Polishing my own CV seems more appropriate.    

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What if.....

It has been interesting to watch the politics and brinkmanship in the US over the 'shutdown' of government whilst the politicians posture and squabble over the overall state of the countries finances.

A large number of government sector workers were 'furloughed' a definition being...a leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces,a usually temporary layoff from work...'

Say things went this way over here.... and the Home Office were given an A or B scenario

The government had a choice...

1.Furlough every rank above Chief Inspector until things settle.....
2.Furlough every rank below Chief Inspector until things settle.....

I know which way would lead to a fast track in breakdown in social cohesion and order on the streets.

I think the point I am trying to make is this.

No matter what, myself and the Commissioner share something. We both know we are going no further in the organisation.

However the likes of myself and my colleagues at the shop floor know, despite the nonsense thrown at us, things will get done.We will make it work....

I believe the higher reaches of the MET often lose sight of that.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Same horse ...different jockey...bigger fences

I can feel safer in my bed tonight because, to great fanfare, the National Crime Agency has been launched.

The British FBI , a force of 4500 officers ( I am not sure where they are getting these figures from) and a smattering of unpaid volunteers to fill in the gaps will ensure a relentless disruption of organised criminals.Well certainly Monday to Friday 9-5.

Having been at the 'bread and butter' end of policing reality for my entire  career, I was never sure what the previously named National Crime Squad or Serious Organised Crime Agency did.

My experience of the more Gucci squads when you call asking is this in their remit was a sharp intake of breath and words like..'not ours mate ..crack on...'

Naturally with this government it talks the talk and cuts the funding.

Previously efficient functioning agencies being absorbed will likely suffer as the re branding hides the 'efficiency' measures.

However it has the full backing of Ms May and her Government.

What can go wrong?

I expect in about 5-6 years they will run this PR exercise again with a new name and call it progress

New Name? ....How about

National Agency For Fighting Serious Crime And Mobsters


Its got that ring to it.