I am indebted to Inspector Gadget (again) and @obbsie for stimulating my grey cells once more. Mr Winsor’s (sorry, Sir Tom’s)infamous ‘blue collar’ comments have possibly been forgotten by now, but Gadget is quite right, we must NEVER forget them.
Sir Tom has NEVER apologised for that comment, NEVER justified that comment and NEVER withdrawn that comment, yet over the weekend we had dozens of off-duty ‘Blue Collar’ officers in Sussex offering to pitch in and help with the tragedy at Shoreham.
Sir Tom and Cruella are presiding over the destruction of Policing UK. Whilst they are not directly responsible, it seems beyond the realms of coincidence that Police Scotland and PSNI also find themselves in turmoil at the moment.
Returning to Policing E&W, Sir Tom rose from relative obscurity as a previous Rail Regulator and was chosen to write a couple of books for HMG, and so was born Winsor’s Independent Review of Police Officers’ & Staff Remuneration & Conditions.
Then we had the totally bizarre scenario whereby Winsor claimed a few quid in Expenses, for paper clips etc, but omitted to claim his considerable fee for his work. However, he didn’t need to worry, Chief Inspector HMIC, the very first non-Police a Officer to attain that position, and a Knighthood were to follow.
Under their patronage we have already lost 17,000+ officers from England and Wales, the equivalent of several small Police Forces. 17,000 is the equivalent (just taken alphabetically) of Avon & Somerset, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cleveland, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon &
Cornwall, Dorset and Durham without ONE SINGLE OFFICER. OR, imagine a huge swathe of Southern England without any Police;
Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and Thames Valley, NO POLICE for thousands of square miles. That’s what May and Winsor have done, and they’re just about top play Double Or Quits.
We are due to lose a similar number in the next few years. Can you imagine Greater London without one single officer?
In the midst of this we’ve had to put up with Nick Herbert and Priti Patel complaining about Police not being available to deal with their issues. Naive? Or Police Baiting?
So what other delights have the Dynamic Duo left us with in the past few years (yes, seems like more, but just a few really)
- LESS Air Support
- FEWER Dogs
- FEWER Horses
- FEWER Vehicles
- FEWER Police Stations/Offices
- FEWER Front Counters
Factor into this an equivalent number of Police Support Staff job losses, again with an equivalent number to come, and it gives you an idea of the IMMENSE scale of May and Winsor’s Police reforms, although I’m not sure that Reform is the right word.
I have said before, that I heard a rumour that Home Office were trying to get the number of warranted officers down to 80,000, well they’re well on their way to that.
I have also said before that there is surely a number below which we must not go, although I don’t know what that number is. Anybody care to enlighten us?
The Police Service of England and Wales is not just dying, it is cruelly being strangled, murdered, and the suspects are hiding in plain sight.
Whatever else you think of my blogs, love them or hate them, as Gadget says, we must never forget the Blue Collar Comment, because that tells us everything we need to know about how Winsor thinks of our proud, brave, fine Police Service.