December 20th, 2012

Former Home Secretary Kenneth Baker on the Daily Politics:

“The police must be above politics in our country. The Police Federation decided to become a lobbying, an extremely aggressive lobbying body, determined to get a minister – a Cabinet minister – because they were very opposed to what the Home Secretary is doing looking into their pay, pensions and early retirement.”


11 Comments

  1. 1
    Pollytwaddle says:

    ’nuff said, really.

    (So the rest of you shut up.)

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  2. 2
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Wasn’t it the Cops Federation who organised the protests at their last jolly to the seaside against cuts? Didn’t one of their number get his mug in the scum for his twitter rantings?

    Hidden agenda anybody?

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  3. 3
    the poor bloody taxpayer says:

    the PF people who hounded Mr Mitchell and then were ever so keen to be interviewed (mugs-sic) looked as if they were auditioning for some cheapskate US crime porn show CSI or PFI?

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  4. 4
    Estella Marie Thompson says:

    Considering the abuse Clarke gets, he’s often correct – as he is here.

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  5. 5
    Jack Regan says:

    Slags the lot of them. They’re nicked!

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  6. 6
    Dan Saffend says:

    Baker has nailed it.

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  7. 7
    In a Police State says:

    Spot on.

    Policing by consent only works if citizens trust the police, and I don’t any more.

    If they can frame the Chief Whip in Downing Street, they came frame anyone.

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  8. 8
    Bit quiet round here says:

    This post is linked to on onepolitics but not on guido’s site – absolutely digesting state of affairs!

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  9. 9
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    What about bloody ACPO too?! That should be broken up and outlawed.

    Some of the things ACPO get up to threatening drivers who dare to fight speeding tickets on reasonable grounds by threatening them with a flying squad of so-called expert witnesses – usually ex plod with vested interests in businesses supplying speed guns and cameras – and barristers and QCs all of whose fees may be lumbered as extra costs on a defendant if they lose needs to be exposed and stopped as well. Shocking abuse.

    “A third ACPO business highlighted by the Mail was Road Safety Support Ltd:

    An independent affiliate of ACPO, the firm also provides expert witnesses to combat ‘loophole’ lawyers attempting to beat speeding offences. It also provides training to speed camera operators.

    The chairman of RSS is Meredydd Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire. He was formerly the chairman of ACPO’s roads policing group but stood down following a driving ban after being caught on camera speeding at 90mph.

    According to the Mail, Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty criticised ACPO’s lack of accountability and suggested its growing commercial activities could be illegal.”

    http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1145581/Body-charge-UK-policing-policy-18m-year-brand-charging-public-70-60p-criminal-records-check.html

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    My Theory, which is Mine... says:

    A plausible explanation of what happened from the grauniod:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/dec/19/plebgate-officers-filed-report-protect-themselves?intcmp=239

    The 2 PCs on the gate were “bricking it” that they would lose their jobs.
    In those circumstances, my guess is most people would be tempted to exaggerate a bit, hence the disputed log.

    Where the PC from Ruislip comes in is anyone’s guess. According to the groiniad “a number of officers would have had sight of this emailed log – a tactic adopted by the officers for their own protection.” so it’s possible that there was no collusion, just one officer misguidedly doing something to help out colleagues.

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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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