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I thought Gilligan's piece very good indeed. Max Hastings delivered similar sentiments in the FT.

(P.S. Do you know how to get a free look at FT articles? You google the piece's title - e.g. The case against an overpaid and incompetent police force - and then click on the link.)

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

I often have a look at the Inspector Gadget blog, and despite there being some fine humour and flashes of insight, a lot of it is not edifying reading. It is worrying to realise how beleaguered and alienated lots of coppers feel, and how much contempt they have for the public as a whole. Having said that, I don't think the inactivity during the riots was politically inspired in the sense of showing the Tories how nasty big cities would get unless the plod were better resourced. It was more about the fear of individuals losing everything if they were seen kicking fuck out of rioters in the wake of Tomlinson.

I think Thatcher got it right when she remarked how the police had no "officer class" like the armed forces. These are people who by definition want to serve leaders, and so are very prone to malign influences in the Police Federation and at the top of individual forces.

One of the usual tactics of those who have been arrested, or reported, in relation to offences they have been suspected of committing, is to make counter-claims against the Police, thereby hoping that this will either lessen any penalty they incur or make the subsequent stink cause the dropping of their case. Unlike normal rules of law, where people are innocent until proven guilty, Police officers are guilty unless they can prove their innocence. To a certain extent, ignore the number of complaints made against Police and count the number of times they have been found guilty, either of internal disciplinary offences or in a court of law, and only then make your decisions on their ethics or standards. And, don't forget, Police officers are not allowed to stand in front of their peers, apologise for any shame they have brought upon their august house and then carry on their shifty, fraudulent, money-making schemes using tax payers money. Also, it is common knowledge that journalists are experts at looking at events after the fact, making their judgemental observations and when they have been found to be a load of bollocks, have claimed they supported the poor, misunderstood, victim from the very beginning. Like all organisations, there are good apples and bad apples. Only a cretin, however, will claim that all of the apples are bad because of a small percentage. Look inwards and decided if the organisation close to you is any better? Meanwhile, who would you call when some thieving shitbag is trying to get into your house? Oh yes, it'll be that organisation you think are a bunch of lying crooks.

Thanks, DM, an excellent tip!

'W', it's not just the lack of leadership in the Police services but the extraordinary amount of corruption and criminality their so-called leaders indulge in.

Pen, welcome to D&N, and you make some good points. Any preaching from the pulpit by Right dis-Honourable ladies and gentlemen is simple fuel for the sick-bag! I think everyone acknowledges that not every apple in the barrel is rotten but unfortunately the Police services are being 'got at' from two directions - their own individual (and sometimes group) peccadilloes and the politically motivated militant attitude of their various trade unions. And that includes the ACPO!

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