The Truth

The Police; The Government; The Agenda .........

Stewart Cowan, 19/5/08

Three police stories caught my attention in the weekend news.

Keith Hellawell, former Chief Constable of Cleveland, then West Yorkshire and later "drugs tsar" for the Government, wrote a piece for the Daily Mail about the current state of the police forces and the "warped sense of priorities and, in particular, a culture of weak-minded politicisation that should concern us all."

He talks about inconsistencies and says:

"I know of a 14-year-old - the daughter of a serving police officer, as it happens - who attempted to intervene in a case of playground bullying."

"One month later, the local Violent Crime Squad banged on her door and she was arrested - because another girl had ended up with milkshake on her coat following the dispute."

"I have rarely come across such a waste of time and money with so little public interest at stake."

We can read about this type of police bullying every day of course.

He continues:

"One man told me he found his car being smashed by vandals, who turned on him when he remonstrated. Yet he was told by police it would be best not to complain because the thugs might return to exact vengeance."

We can read about this type of police neglect every day of course.

Mr Hellawell notes that the Government has stripped police officers of autonomy and left forces believing that "judgment and discretion play no part in their job" and that there is "a national culture of political correctness that elevates concerns for equality above those of ordinary policing."

He says that the first signs of danger came when Conservative Home Secretary, Michael Howard, introduced centrally directed policing priorities but "on both counts, the micro management and the politicisation - a poisonous mixture - New Labour has been the greatest culprit."

"But the real damage came in the years following 2001, when David Blunkett arrived at the Home Office. He seemed determined to take personal control of almost all aspects of police operations."

"Chief constables were picked out and humiliated in public."

"Ministers now seem to prefer politically sympathetic figureheads to those with any real experience of reducing crime."

"A new financial regime has ensured that forces receive no extra cash unless they agree to implement the Government's pet projects, such as the introduction of 'Community Support Officers'."

"Terrified to speak their minds, terrified to act without permission, some in the police force have forgotten how to think for themselves."

"One result is a lack of even-handedness, which diminishes the force in the eyes of law-abiding citizens. Why, they ask, should some people be punished disproportionately while others are judged too sensitive for scrutiny?"

"If the problems have been caused by politics, politicians must find the answers. Police forces must have their power and autonomy returned, however uncomfortable that may be for central government."

"Until we return to the sort of policing I recognise and that the public demands, this dangerous state of affairs will not merely continue, it will get worse."

My second article confirms the growing police state alluded to above, where thugs are routinely ignored in order to harass, not only innocent members of the public, but those who make a stand for decency.

This explains why the schoolgirl mentioned above had the Violent Crime Squad at her door, while the police advised the victim of vandalism not to complain in case of retribution.

Eileen Fairweather writes in the Mail:

"Imagine a country where strangers have the right to ask intrusive questions and store the answers on a database."

"Where everyone from police officers to leisure-centre staff can demand: "Tell me who you feel close to?"

"They will also have been trained to ask questions about sexual behaviour, family life, religion, secret fears, weight and "sleeping arrangements" at home."

"Incredibly, thousands of Government and council apparatchiks in Britain became entitled on April 1 to ask such questions of anyone under 19."

"This horrifying invasion of privacy has begun, almost unnoticed, because the Government has cleverly presented it as being in the interests of 'child protection'."

"The new questionnaire, known as the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), is part of a 20million programme called Every Child Matters (ECM), ostensibly set up to ensure youngsters are safe and leading positive lives."

Of course this is a common tactic of this Government. The wolves in sheep's clothing constantly give the illusion that what they do is for the benefit of the young or the old, the lame or the sick, or for minorities or the rest of us, then later the real intentions become clear (if they were not immediately obvious).

Their perverse notions of sex 'education' have been making children's lives increasingly torrid and sordid. This is why I wrote an article called: Labour's agenda of sexualising children.

(Much has happened since then and a 'Part II" is planned to expose more on the Government's war on childhood.)

The results of Labour's policies are clear from my article Labour finally delivers its Vision of Utopia: Sodom and Gomorrah.

On the CAF questionnaire, the Mail states that "any child not achieving the Government's five "outcomes" - being healthy, staying safe, enjoying life, "making a positive contribution", and achieving " economic well-being" - is now defined as having "additional needs".

This could give any old 'authority' the excuse to grab children from the family home. There have been several recent high-profile cases of injustice in this area and I can see this CAF being used as another weapon in the Government's war on families.

I have heard of all sorts of wickedness coming out of the US where the CPS (Child Protective Services) routinely grabs children using any feeble excuse, like this story of a father who bought his seven-year-old son alcoholic lemonade at a baseball game, not realising it was alcoholic.

The boy was taken into care for two days and the father not allowed back into the family home for a week.

Back in the UK and a police source commented on the CAF questionnaire, "Just filling in one of these forms, with a foul-mouthed yob who's laughing at you, will take half a shift. Meanwhile, the public is unprotected."

Which brings me to my final article about Simon Pither who was almost beaten to death by burglars.

Doctors told him that he was lucky to be alive, but the police had to delay DNA analysis due to lack of funds.

The rest of the article is here

The agenda becomes clear: despite there still being plenty of decent police officers, Government bureaucracy and the pressure to meet targets actually inhibit real policing, i.e. catching real criminals and making the public feel secure.

The people have become the enemy. The police are being used by the Government to monitor the public, dish out penalties for ultra-petty or non-existent 'crimes' and act as untrained and unwilling social workers.

It is a double whammy because people are now afraid both of the criminals and the police. The police in turn are frustrated at being prevented from doing their job properly.

The 'authorities' are the only winners when they can manipulate the police to control the people.