The corrupt British Parliament, currently led by a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, seem bent on burgeoning its reputation for double-standards and hypocrisy.
Recently, the Justice (and Policing) Minister, Damian Green, has opined that “Police should be more polite to the public” without adducing a shred of evidence or argument to substantiate his whimsical musing. A report on ‘Police Specials’ online records that: “The comments come after David Cameron said that Britain only had a “relatively honest police force” in comments which were seen as showing how far esteem for the police has fallen since the 1950s when the TV series ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ reflected people’s respectful view of them.”
It seems to have escaped Davey boy’s notice that society, especially in London, was radically different in the 1950s and many of those expressing ‘low esteem’ [imagine them using this phrase?] would be more accustomed to police wielding long batons or sticks upwards of a metre long! Perhaps that would be more conducive to raising esteem. More rational folk prefer policing to be effective rather than held in high esteem. Indeed, we believe that the former is more likely to lead to the latter.
The ‘Police Specials’ report also records the following: In a speech to the Reform think tank on Monday, Mr Green said officers should learn that friendliness builds relationships with communities, as seen during last year’s London Olympics. He said: “The public reaction to the friendliness and openness of police at the Olympic Games shows how important relationship-building can be. A more open, polite, thoughtful, modern and representative police force can renew its relationship with the British public for the benefit of us all.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah! This from the MP who, if I recall correctly, allowed police entry without a search warrant to his room in the Commons and to turnover his papers! Doubtless the police could have been friendlier at the outset of the riots in 2011 and quelled the rioters.
The ‘Police Specials’ report can be found here: http://www.policespecials.com/forum/index.php/topic/139284-telegraph-police-should-be-more-polite-to-the-public-says-policing-minister-damian-green/
These Tory boys live in a world apart from the ordinary where the air is so rarefied and oxygen starved that they spout such drivel. The question is: Why don’t they practice what they preach, starting with Prime Minister’s Questions? If they did, they would not appear to be quite so hypocritical!
Boris Johnson has called for a change in the rules governing trade union strike action. SEE HERE: http://www.blogs.findlaw.co.uk/solicitor/2010/10/boris-johnson-calls-for-change-in-law-governing-trade-union-strike-action.html (Would it be too cynical to suggest that this is but part of Boris’s continuing efforts to be parachuted into an English Constituency with which he has no particular connection in order to be re-elected to Parliament.)
Dear old Dave Cameron agrees with Boris ~ they have so much in common! SEE HERE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10974768/Tories-announce-plans-for-tough-anti-strike-laws.html The problem with these privileged people is that too many of their arbitrary decisions are not matters of principle! If they were, politicians might, just might be a tad more careful. Using the proposed 50% Turnout criterion as a principle, it should be applied to ALL election ballots, and THAT would expose our so called representative democracy for the sham it truly is! This year’s elections to the European Parliament would be invalidated for a start, together with many (most?) local council elections this year and in future.
Having secured election on what proved to be a false ‘pledge’ not to increase the university fees imposed upon English students, our esteemed Deputy Prime Minister now wants to distance himself and his party from further association with the ‘Bedroom Tax’ now that it is well and truly introduced and there is nowt he can do about it. The perniciousness of that tax lies not necessarily in its concept (whether or not one approves of the measure itself), but the circumstances of its introduction.
It might, just might have been regarded by more voters as being reasonable had there been millions (alright thousands then) of single bedroom council accommodation simply begging for tenants. However, given the huge influx of workers from other parts of the EU enthusiastically seeking to enhance and enlarge the British economy, it is no surprise that there is a dearth of the required types of council accommodation and this Coalition measure is largely punitive; it is not even financially efficient given the level of consequent rent defaulting and the resulting measures which needed to be taken which more than off-set any savings, let alone the unnecessary misery and anguish caused to tenants.
Bedroom Tax Protestors outside you know where!