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Dear Home Secretary,
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that your decision to stand as a candidate for the Conservative Party leadership has been greeted with a combination of dismay and disbelief by rank and file police and UK Border Force officers.
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You were hailed as ‘brave and courageous’ for taking on the Police Federation at their conferences and if it had just been the Federation, unpopular with their own members, you may have gained some kudos. The 2014 conference was perhaps the point of no return when, in your speech, you listed every police transgression from Hillsborough to Plebgate. The effect was to smear the entire police service including those officers who weren’t even born at the time of Hillsborough.
However, as you well know Home Secretary, the Police Federation and the police service are unable to take any meaningful action in response so wouldn’t you describe your ‘brave and courageous’ speeches as the act of a playground bully giving a good kicking to those who can’t defend themselves?
Of course you were in no danger of being shot at, spat at, punched, kicked, stabbed, petrol bombed or of being terrified that the mob you were facing would literally kill you if they were given the chance unlike those officers who you take a great delight in berating.
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Explain why, Home Secretary, that when you make your constant references to police transgressions, you don’t balance this by referring to the fact that the number of officers involved are but an infinitesimal speck when set against the tens of thousands of officers who have served or are serving since the 1980s?
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. . . talking of stop and search, who will forget, just two days after the line of duty death of PC Dave Phillips, David Cameron’s speech to your party conference where he stated with a stunning lack of sensitivity: “Opportunity doesn’t mean much to a black person constantly stopped and searched by the police because of the colour of their skin.”
Have you ever given any thought to those ‘racist’ police officers who are often first at the scene of any shooting or stabbing and then fight desperately to keep that person alive? Of course those same ‘racist’ officers have to deal with the grief of the family if they fail and each victim, whether involved in gang activity or not, is someone’s son, daughter, sister or brother.
Perhaps, Home Secretary, ‘racist’ police officers actually view stop and search as a way of protecting young people rather than harassing them; after all the poor socioeconomic conditions in which gang activity and violent crime flourish is the fault in successive inept governments and politicians. It is the police that have to clean up the resultant mess.
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Finally police have had to endure your oft repeated comments about the need to restore public confidence. Are you not aware that public confidence in the police, despite constant denigration from yourself, other politicians, activists and the media remains constant at around 66%? Are you also not aware that public confidence in politicians such as yourself languishes at around 20%? This begs the question as to who are you to lecture police on the issue of public confidence . . .
The payment of £80,000 damages by Mr Mitchell sets the seal on PC Rowland's vindication . . .
The Beanfield really does a number on dredging up trauma as effectively it can, whilst failing to engage with any political discourse at all.
. . . monopolising on the misery created by an oppressive action without offering any commentary or attempt at a solution or alternative.
Speaking at the 2012 UNISON conference in Bournemouth yesterday Neville Lawrence, father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, addressed the issue of Police privatisation, saying:
“It will be a disaster,”
“I can tell you why it will be a disaster. If you privatise the police force, the government is no longer responsible. It won’t be about crime any more, it will be about making money.”
“If you go to the police and they’re a private company, they won’t listen to you, just like if you go to a bank and ask for money – they can just say no. At the moment, the government is ultimately responsible.”
“We want the police to be accountable to the public and not a fly-by-night private conglomerate.”
“We’re going to fight [police privatisation] tooth and nail. Down to the wire. You and I together can make a difference.”
He then went on to remove his jacket revealing a t-shirt with the words ‘Stop Police Privatisation’ proudly displayed on it.
originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: Kester
Wow! Her first threat from the radical Right. Planning on giving the new PM a hot reception?