We’re Not Gonna Take It

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  1. ideb8 says:

    Total recall. We want Total recall. And we don’t want to wait until May particularly. (especially as she’ll try to block it – like the rest..)

  2. Keira Cunnigham says:

    This is a very confusing blog…if you are saying that “many of us voted Tory” means that you voted Tory in the last election (2010) then I’m sorry Alan but more fool you.

    Even before the financial crisis David Cameron was saying that the Police Service need to be reformed and this included changes to officers terms of service, reforming the existing pay and rewards structure and changing the calculations to police pensions.

    I’m not going to defend politicians but in this case the Conservatives didn’t “fool” you – they did exactly what they said they were going to do.

    Anyone who voted Conservative in the last election was voting for the current Police reforms.

    • I’m not sure that what my politics might have been in 2010 is either relevant, or up for public discussion. The fact that David Cameron may or may not have had an agenda to reform the police service is also irrelevant. Many people would agree that that there are certain parts of policing that would benefit from reform, I have no sympathy for archaic systems that are no longer fit for purpose. There is, however, a whole world of difference between Reform and Destruction. What Camoron and May have embarked upon goes way further than Reform, and doesn’t stop at the Police Service either. I don’t recall him making an election promise AT ANY TIME to decimate the NHS and Armed Forces. Finally, I wasn’t seeking your sympathy, I will vote for whoever I choose to vote for, but if that person or party can’t stick to the manifesto then they suffer the backlash surely? Nobody is compelled to vote the same way for their entire adult lives.

  3. Keira Cunningham says:

    I was commenting on the expression you used “many of us voted Tory” and pointing out that, if you were a supporter of UK Policing, as many of the people who follow your blog are; and you voted Conservative in the last election, you were voting for the current police reforms. This was not a reflection of your personal voting preference.

    The Conservative Party are ideologically committed to shrinking the public services and David Cameron made it very clear that he was going to “reform” police pay and pensions. What was suprising was that many police officers did not notice this and that the Police Federation in particular were woefully unprepared for it and failed to have a clear strategy to address when the Coalition came to power.

    Finally I wasn’t offering sympathy – when I said I was sorry it was in the context of using the expression “more fool you” which I did not want to come across as an insult to you because that would have been wrong. I believe that we can express different opinions without resorting to personal invective.

    • Absolutely, and as I said previously, there’s a whole world of difference between Reform and Destruction. I don’t know many Police Officers who would have voted Tory if they had seen the wholesale destruction that was about to come over the horizon. No problem whatsoever with different opinions, healthy debate is good.

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