Anger Is Most Definitely Blue

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  1. david says:

    I read the Home Secretary’s speech, along with persuing some of the media response. Yes, it made me angry in places, especially the catologue of events and policies cited. Then as you rightly say when will our politicians answer public concerns over them, as shown in repeated opinion polling on the level of public trust.

    Somehow I doubt the Police Federation will not run a poster campaign along the lines of “65% trust the ordinary police officer; 20% trust their MP”. These are not the exact figures.

    What exactly motivated the Home Secretary to make such a speech is not completly clear, although one suspects an element of disenchantment, if not dismay about the police service in its entirety.

    For sometime now the Conservative Party, first at its “grassroots” thirty years ago began to shift to a critical friend stance, largely based on personal experiences of policing or more accurately the lack of service. By time the Conservatives returned to power nationally much had changed within the party, yes the “grassroots” had become greyer and smaller. There was a vocal reformist group, some within parliament, others in Whitehall-Westminster – notably Policy Exchange – who pressed ahead with their agenda.

    Not to overlook the cuts to spending, with sixteen thousand fewer police officers for example.

    Somehow the service’s senior officers maintain “all is well”, our effiency programme will deliver “the same for less” and of course ‘crime is down’. How can a public service say this with a 20% cut eludes me. A point that HM Treasury will relish.

    Did we hear a response to the speech yesterday from those senior officers? No, not in my limited scanning of the media.

    With one exception ACC Paul Netherton, of Devon & Cornwall, who tweeted: ‘I think the Home Sec got her speech wrong today. The Pol Fed had said they needed to change and cops don’t respond well to threats’. He tweets as ACC_Operations.

    Interestingly his Chief Constable clearly stated about a month ago “less means far less”. A rarity from the service’s senior ranks.

    Anger yesterday was appropriate. Today the service needs to THINK hard what next. Some like Inspector Gadget think a new Labour government, in 2015, will help. Maybe. THINKING is hard, will the Federation do that, let alone others who serve today?

  2. david says:

    I read the Home Secretary’s speech, along with persuing some of the media response. Yes, it made me angry in places, especially the catologue of events and policies cited. Then as you rightly say when will our politicians answer public concerns over them, as shown in repeated opinion polling on the level of public trust.

    Somehow I doubt the Police Federation will not run a poster campaign along the lines of “65% trust the ordinary police officer; 20% trust their MP”. These are not the exact figures.

    What exactly motivated the Home Secretary to make such a speech is not completly clear, although one suspects an element of disenchantment, if not dismay about the police service in its entirety.

    For sometime now the Conservative Party, first at its “grassroots” thirty years ago began to shift to a critical friend stance, largely based on personal experiences of policing or more accurately the lack of service. By time the Conservatives returned to power nationally much had changed within the party, yes the “grassroots” had become greyer and smaller. There was a vocal reformist group, some within parliament, others in Whitehall-Westminster – notably Policy Exchange – who pressed ahead with their agenda.

    Not to overlook the cuts to spending, with sixteen thousand fewer police officers for example.

    Somehow the service’s senior officers maintain “all is well”, our effiency programme will deliver “the same for less” and of course ‘crime is down’. How can a public service say this with a 20% cut eludes me. A point that HM Treasury will relish.

    Did we hear a response to the speech yesterday from those senior officers? No, not in my limited scanning of the media.

    With one exception ACC Paul Netherton, of Devon & Cornwall, who tweeted: ‘I think the Home Sec got her speech wrong today. The Pol Fed had said they needed to change and cops don’t respond well to threats’. He tweets as ACC_Operations.

    Interestingly his Chief Constable clearly stated about a month ago “less means far less”. A rarity from the service’s senior ranks.

    Anger yesterday was appropriate. Today the service needs to THINK hard what next. Some like Inspector Gadget think a new Labour government, in 2015, will help. Maybe. THINKING is hard, will the Federation do that, let alone others who serve today?

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