Firstly the Warwickshire/G4S Poll results, as at 10:00 today they stood at this (just click on the image to enlarge it)
Secondly, the Queen’s Half Hour, a subject I know is close to all your hearts.
I have now had a reply of some kind or another from every Force in England and Wales with the notable exception of CUMBRIA. Let’s name and shame them. For their information I have now requested a review of their handling of my request because I feel that it has been disgraceful and contemptuous.
15 Forces refused to answer the request quoting cost as their reason for issuing the Refusal Notice.
6 Forces stated that the information was Unavailable for a variety of reasons.
The remaining 27 offered a complete or partial answer sufficient to make some reasonable estimates from.
Based solely on the 27 positive responses the number of (recorded) man-hours that went unpaid last year was nearly 315,000. Where no precise monetary value has been applied I have used a figure of £15 per hour, but this obviously does not take into account any enhancements that may have been payable. My best estimate for the monetary value of the unpaid overtime based on returns by just 27 Forces (slightly over half) was £5,094,089. A realistic estimate including Constables, Sergeants and enhancements is probably not far away from £10,000,000
So now we know the true value of the Queen’s Half Hour.
Finally, I am absolutely gobsmacked to see that The 4 Horsemen of The Apocalype has now been viewed (10:45 today) no fewer than 712 times in 15 different countries around the world. Let’s just hope that the message gets out that Blair Gibbs and his think tank, Policy Exchange are going to attract some flak if they continue to behave with such appalling arrogance and disregard.
I thank you all for taking the time to read my blogs