I’m about to phone the surgery and make an appointment to see the doctor. Either the news of the last few days is absolutely crazy or I really have the lost the plot and need a comfy room with no sharp edges.
- We had the ’email’ asking Police in London not to wear their Union Flag badges. Sir Bernard Hogan-Who has apparently stated that he has ‘no issues’ with it but senior officers are reportedly concerned that the badge could provoke ill-feeling or cause offence in some communities. What communities? What ill-feeling or offence? The Police Community are most certainly offended by the request/instruction. It has since been reported that this was a local email to one borough only, but I don’t really care, the damage has already been done. BHH says he has ‘no issues’ with it, why should anybody else go against that. Produce the intelligence or evidence that will demonstrate the ill-feeling or offence and just maybe I’ll agree with you, whoever you are. Don’t be a nameless, faceless puppet, who issued this email? Who is the Senior Officer that thinks it will cause Ill-feeling or offence? Do we not deserve to know?
- BBC Local news this morning reported on the shooting of 4 men in Birmingham yesterday. Most of the article was taken up by interviewing local residents who blamed the Police for this shooting. Apparently they did nothing to ‘protect the community’ from this shooting, and one lady even described a ‘cop stood around doing nothing’. I’m sure he/she wasn’t actually standing around doing nothing while the shooting was allowed to take place, but the BBC reported it well. Silly me, I always thought it was the fault of the person who pulled the triger, it never occurred to me that 4 people getting shot could be the Police’s fault.
- A tweet or tweets from @FHamiltonTimes this morning finally convinced me that I am going mad. In all my 30 years serving Queen and Country it never once occurred to me that Over Zealous Lawn Mowing should have been recorded as a crime. To be honest, I have seldom encountered ‘over zealous lawn mowing’ to have even considered the issue.
PCC Simon Hayes @HayesHantsPCC says “bizarre” recording methods are leading to surge in public order, crim damage + violence without injury
— Fiona Hamilton (@Fhamiltontimes) October 12, 2015
Odd crimes include over-zealous lawn mowing: when homeowner complained neighbour mowed part of their lawn it was recorded as criminal damage — Fiona Hamilton (@Fhamiltontimes) October 12, 2015 No wonder we never know what the true crime rate is in this country if we’re including things like that in our #CrimeStats now.
That’s me done for the day, off to lie down in a darkened room before the next person is due to wind me up at about mid-day