The Plastic Hippo

May 18, 2012

Maybe today, maybe tomorrow

Filed under: Law,Politics,Society — theplastichippo @ 12:09 am

Until now, it was beyond imagination that police officers should take to the streets to protest against government cuts. Mind you, they were protesting against government cuts to the police service. Other protesters against government cuts have been photographed as suspected terrorists, kettled and bashed over the head for good measure.

It was once inconceivable that a conference of police officers should heckle, boo and call for the resignation of a Conservative Home Secretary.

The wheels are coming off.


  1. I agree, except for one thing. Theresa May needs to be barracked at all times, notwithstanding her position in the Government.

    In fact, I have heard recently that even paperboys and girls have resorted to this, mostly due to the weight of newsprint that descibes her latest gaffe.

    The Realist

    Comment by The Realist — May 19, 2012 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, Theresa May got a little jeering from some of the delegates at the conference, but nobody bats an eyelid when the so called ‘Right Honourable’ (never were two words so far from the truth in so many cases) members start haranguing her and each other.

    The main difference between the police protest march and some others is that the 35,000 people there did not try to damage property, prevent people going about their lawful business or attack the police officers who were patrolling it.

    Theresa May has misled Parliament by saying that Tom Winsor conducted an independent review of policing. For one thing, his review published in 2010 almost exactly matched the proposals that David Cameron suggested in a letter in 2006. So it would seem the outcome was determined from the start. Also a matter of public record is the fact that Winsor made many suggestions that would lead to the privatisation of policing services. Winsor is a partner in the law firm White & Case, who advised G4S in their contract negotiations with Lincolnshire Police, regarding the privatisation of some of their functions. So Winsor will see a financial benefit for the fees paid by G4S in relation to their contract.

    May declared that Winsor was acting completely independently of his company when conducting the review, yet a Freedom of Information request shows that Winsor’s £300 per day fee for writing the review was paid directly to his company.Now if that isn’t a conflict of interest, I don’t know what is?

    Comment by Responding Sergeant — May 19, 2012 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  3. Responding Sergeant makes some telling points. Even the police seem to be coming to the view that democracy, civil rights and a fair and just society is more than just a nice idea to be found somewhere between profit and loss

    Lets hope that in future, when the police are called to deploy scarce resources in order to prevent other ordinary, law abiding citizens expressing their disgust at the treatment meted out to them by Government, employers and financiers, he and his colleagues will recall the words of Angela Davis

    ‘In the struggle between the powerful and powerless, to be neutral is to be on the side of the powerful’

    The Realist

    Comment by The Realist — May 22, 2012 @ 11:00 am | Reply

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