Headlines (front page attention grabbers) do nobody any good. They are not helpful in the slightest.
Her Majesty’s Coroner quite clearly did not apportion blame.
Under the current administration we have seen cuts to Police, Security Service and the National Health Service.
Ultimately the responsibility for what happened that dreadful night rests fairly and squarely with the three terrorists who are now all dead.
The Daily Fail and any other like-minded rags can stop with their criticisms right now. Somebody please give the Editor a stabbie and put him out on patrol, alone, somewhere in London where he can get a large dose of reality. Until then he can keep his lurid headlines to himself.
A Met study of average wages found that black and Asian police officers working in London were paid £1.80 an hour less than their white colleagues last year, compared with £1.52 in 2017. All 37 senior officers on salaries of £100,000-plus were white, it found, while ethnic minority officers received fewer and smaller bonuses than their colleagues.
The report, which looked at the pay of 37,257 Met employees, of whom 6,349 are Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), found the gap was even worse when all staff – not just police officers – were taken into account. On average, it said, BAME staff receive £2.05 less per hour than the average white member of staff, a mean pay gap of 9.67%.
Within the Police Service nationally (that includes the Met Robert) Police Officers and Police Staff are ALL paid the same according to Rank or Grade and length of service. There may be minor variations for certain skills payments or London Allowance etc but there is ABSOLUTELY NO variation for ethnicity or gender.
The payroll computer is absolutely blind to race and gender. Pay-scales are freely available on t’interweb and nowhere do they state “subject to race or gender”.
This article and its insidious, divisive headline serve no purpose whatsoever apart from driving a wedge between Police and Community, including potential BAME applicants who might be deterred from applying by this headline.
Both the Police Federation and the Commissioner should be taking the Grauniad/Observer to task and seeking a retraction and apology.
Sadly some of the Twitterati have already been taken in and claim to believe this story, and have already invoked the obligatory outrage, as illustrated in this thread;
A mild reply to the tweetist above (well, I thought it was mild) got me Blocked
You believe this drivel (or pretend to) because it suits your agenda. Police Officers across the country are paid by rank and length of service ONLY. Race and gender do not make any difference to the payroll computer
Just as I was beginning to calm down yesterday, I stumbled across this that raised my vexation level back to ‘CRITICAL‘ again,
Under the Tories’ Austerity Programme, while you were having your wages frozen, pension contributions raised, pension benefits slashed, our beloved MPs have benefited from Pay Rises totalling 17.7% since 2010. Don’t feel sad for them though, if they are a Minister, or member of a Committee they will get even more, so it’s not all bad.
Following Gideon’s appointment as Editor of the London Evening Standard I thought I would offer him a scoop. Just to show him there are no hard feelings and to help him on his way to be a successful Editor.
So, George, here it is.
Stop and Search in England and Wales is moribund, it is defunct, it is extinct, it is deceased IT IS DEAD. A bit like a well-known parrot really.
How do I know it’s dead?
Well, we all know that the previous Home Secretary decreed that the Police should use it less. That was in 2014 I believe.
“I want to make myself absolutely clear: if the numbers do not come down, if stop and search does not become more targeted, if those stop-to-arrest ratios do not improve considerably, the government will return with primary legislation to make those things happen,” May told the Commons.
“Nobody wins when stop and search is misapplied. It is a waste of police time. It is unfair, especially to young, black men. It is bad for public confidence in the police,” she told MPs.
Well, she’s had her way, numbers have certainly come down. Boy have they come down. Stats published by the Mayor of London imply that more people are currently being arrested as a result of improved Stop/Search application. This is not so, a higher percentage are being arrested this is true, but this is a higher percentage of a much smaller number, resulting in fewer people being arrested in reality. The stats are just being portrayed in a skewed manner, leading the public into thinking that things are better. And crime has NOT gone down.
For an example of what I mean, look at the Mayor’s graph of Stop/Search vs Arrest Rate, it certainly looks as though things have improved:-
At the beginning of his graph 8.3% of 533,427 people stopped were getting arrested. This means that 44,274 people stopped were getting arrested. Fast Forward to 19% of 160,694 people arrested as a result of “better”, “more intelligence led” application of Stop and Search. It seems like we’re doing SOOOOOOO much better. In reality those figures show that the Met arrested only 30,532 people, almost 33% FEWER.
Is that really an improvement set against the explosion of knife crime and gun crime in the capital?
Stop and Search (correctly and lawfully conducted) is a major tool in the fight against Weapons, Drugs and Property Crime. Yet, the former Home Secretary says “cut it out chaps, it’s alienating people”. What is she doing now? Oh yes……..
Finally, don’t just take my word for it, below are the real figures over a 5 year period for England and Wales, plus a couple of the more dramatic examples of individual Forces. All “official” stats.
I dare you to publish an article based upon this reality George, you can have first dibs, but don’t sulk if somebody else runs with it.
Stop and Search is Dead, RIP Stop and Search . Theresa May should hang her head in shame, she is personally responsible for this latest trend. Amber Rudd has done nothing, I think literally nothing. I can’t remember her most significant contribution, and NPCC have done little or nothing to challenge Mrs May or her successor on it.
Irrespective of whatever Mrs May says;
A Police Officer can search you if he or she has reasonable grounds to suspect that they’re likely to find;
• Stolen property;
• Items which could be used to commit burglary, theft or deception;
• Certain types of firework;
• Evidence of game and wildlife offences;
• Alcohol at or on route to a designated sporting event;
• Items made, adapted or intended to damage or destroy property;
• Articles connected with terrorism.
Crucially the officer has to have “reasonable grounds”. If those grounds are present then no politician, not even the Prime Minister or Home Secretary, should deter an officer from excercising a lawful power “without fear or favour”, but it is essential that the “reasonable grounds” are present.
Finally, if any of you would like to know what your local Force is doing with Stop and Search just ask and I will attach them to this post in response as and when I am able.
There you are George, I’m sure you can put together a half-decent article based on this.
Are you really the right hand men of an incompetent government, intent to bring the Police Service, and others, to their knees? Or is it just that it looks that way?
Newpaper headlines are almost always slanted to make our Police Service look incompetent, violent or corrupt. Even when the events being reported occur abroad, that fact is omitted from the banner headlines, so that the reader might reasonably assume that was in uk
Shooting of unarmed white man shown in police body camera video – CALIFORNIA
White female police officer charged with manslaughter after shooting unarmed black man – Tulsa
Death of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher, shot by police with his hands up, sparks protests and official investigation – Tulsa
The list goes on.
Even when relaying the news from this country the headlines don’t always describe the reality, or omit an alternative scenario.
Snapchat video captures moment ‘a police officer repeatedly punches a suspect in the head five times’ – when one reads the whole article it is actually mentioned that the suspect was actually biting the officer’s leg and that was why he was being punched. The article also contained the information that the whole incident had been investigated by the Aforce’s Professional Standards Department who adjuged that the amount of force used was in fact reasonable. Not the impression given by the banner headline though is it?
Then there’s our old friend corruption. ALL cops are corrupt, didn’t you know? Well at least that’s what the press would have us believe.
Scotland Yard launches ‘bent cop’ probe after 13 unsolved murder files lost – except that when one reads the whole article it includes this
The Met said they have no evidence the files, all dating back to the 1980s, have been destroyed by corrupt police officers, but added: “This is kept under constant review.”
Not quite such a strong story now is it? The Met is a HUGE organisation and storage of its paper files must be a total nightmare. It is more probable that they have simply been lost/mislaid/misfiled.
“The Met can’t find 13 files, who knows where they are?” is not such an attention grabbing headline is it?
SOME officers are corrupt, but not very many. Decent officers won’t and don’t tolerate corruption. I am absolutely convinced that the Met, along with every other Force, would absolutely love to rid themselves of corrupt officers. A little thing called EVIDENCE is what keeps getting in the way. Many Forces have prosecuted and/or sacked corrupt officers when they have the EVIDENCE, but it’s a bit tricky without.
So, members of the press, if you have any EVIDENCE of Police corruption produce it and I’m 100% confident that it will be investigated and the appropriate action taken, if not, please stop labelling cops as Corrupt when you can’t prove it.
It’s no better than me saying that all journos are bunging Police Officers and Prison Officers for information. I’m sure it goes on but do you ALL do it? No, probably not.
Stop acting like the government’s paid bullies and try employing more accurate and responsible headlines.
Some while ago I wrote this, it seems that the Press are playing their part very well.
But probably not the News that Camoron and the BBC want us to read.
The BBC News website proudly carries a story this morning about a West Mercia Detective who got paid £20,000 in overtime in a year, so what?
They completely overlooked that ALL overtime has to be approved by a Supervising Officer and is therefore necessary presumably. Overtime of that magnitude would certainly be questioned, even if it was justified and necessary.
However, try as I may, I could not find the ‘real’ main story on the BBC News site.
Acting like a throwback to the Stasi, Camoron has come out with some brilliant one-liners such as;
“Britain is too “passively tolerant” and should not leave people to live their lives as they please just because they obey the law“
“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’,”
“It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance.”
So where exactly does Camoron get off interfering with the lives of law-abiding citizens? If people break the law then they should expect proportionate retribution, but I’m not at all comfortable with the State interfering with people who have done nothing illegal.
No wonder Camoron and his gang want to scrap the Human Rights Act.
Was it a total coincidence that we were all looking at a West Mercia tec’s overtime when it seems only the Indie has reported Camoron’s over-zealous ambitions?