Last updated on May 8th, 2023 at 11:42 amReading Time: 4 minutes
Have her advisers and researchers let her down? Is she poorly briefed?
Maybe she just knows better than everybody else and we have yet to realise that.
Maybe she is rigidly toeing the Party Line and doing & saying just what Mr Camoron tells her to do and say.
One thing that is for certain is that she is hell-bent on taking no notice whatsoever of what the Front Line are telling her. Apparently we are all just “Scaremongering”. I’m sure you all heard her speech at the PFEW Conference or have read the headlines. Crime is down and those that say otherwise are just Scaremongering.
So please – for your sake and for the thousands of police officers who work so hard every day – this crying wolf has to stop
Today, you’ve said that neighbourhood police officers are an “endangered species”. I have to tell you that this kind of scaremongering does nobody any good – it doesn’t serve you, it doesn’t serve the officers you represent, and it doesn’t serve the public.
So that is my offer to you: more reform to make your lives better, to save police time, and to give you more discretion so that you can get on with the jobs you are trained to do.
You can choose to work with me. Or you can choose to shout from the sidelines. What I offer is a positive vision for policing, one in which it is an exciting time to be a police officer, where you have the freedom to get on with your job, where you are rewarded for your skills and hard work, and where policing is fit for the future.
So, we’ve established that she’s out of touch with the Police.
She said the next phase of her police reform programme would include technological changes such as transforming police cars into police stations and the wider adoption of body-worn video cameras. But it would also include moves to reduce demand on policing at a time when crime is falling.
She accused the Police Federation of scaremongering and repeatedly “crying wolf” over the impact of the previous round of cuts in police funding as part of the government’s austerity programme – and rejected their claims that further cuts would force them to adopt “paramilitary styles of policing” in Britain.
The home secretary said that a new policing bill in next week’s Queen’s speech would “allow us to go further and faster with reform freeing up police time and putting policing back in the hands of professionals”.
Is that really what is necessary or wanted? Not wanted by the Police, not considered necessary by the Police and I’m reasonably sure that huge chunks of the Public don’t want it or believe that such swingeing cuts are necessary or good for the Country.
So there you have it, I already think that the Home Secretary has lost touch with the reality of what the people on the ground, the practitioners, are saying. The only organisation she takes notice of is HMIC apparently, need I say more on that subject?
Is she ignoring everybody or is she being worked by a Puppetmaster?
But Mrs May is an elected Member of Parliament and has Constituency matters to occupy her time as well as being Home Secretary. Surely she would have her ear to the ground and know what was going on in leafy Maidenhead, wouldn’t she?
The town of Maidenhead has a population of about 80,000 and Wiki describes it thus;
Maidenhead is a large affluent town and unparished area in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, in Berkshire,
Not too shabby. There are approx 75,000 voters in the constituency.
A few, short days ago I wrote a post challenging the idea that Crime is Down. I haven’t heard anything from the Home Secretary so I presume she hasn’t read it yet, but I’m sure she will. So, we’ve now established that she’s out of touch with the various bodies that publish Crime Stats.
So how is crime doing in leafy Maidenhead? Down or Up?
Surely Mrs May would know what was happening with Crime in her constituency wouldn’t she? After all, Crime Is Falling.
http://www.ukcrimestats.com/Subdivisions/WMC/65901/ tells us what the crime situation is in the parliamentary Constituency of Maidenhead.Crime in the Parliamentary Constituency of Maidenhead
It gets slightly easier to read if you click on it.
Sadly I can’t extract the whole data table from the website but it it’s clear from the data above that overall, after a dip last year, total crime is now on the increase in Maidenhead.
Graphs of Crime, both with and without Anti-Social Behaviour over the last 12 months show that crime is once again on the increase in Maidenhead, not significantly I grant you, and it peaks and troughs throughout the year, but I see NOTHING in the crime data for Mrs May’s constituency to convince me that CRIME IS DOWN. You would think that she would know what was going on in her own constituency wouldn’t you?Crime without ASB Maidenhead
Crime including ASB Maidenhead
So maybe she’s out of touch with her public as well.
Just to rub salt into her wounds I suppose I should remind us all that she remains only the second serving Home Secretary to have a conviction for Contempt of Court, so I guess she’s out of touch with the judicial system as well. On the first occasion, in 1991, Kenneth Baker ignored an instruction from a judge in an asylum case and the ruling against him was backed up by five law lords in a landmark judgement.