Saturday, June 9, 2018

Policing and Numbers


Numbers can be important.

Remember that number.  900

One has to be aware that stories on Twitter gain a life and currency all of their own.  The same can be said, at least in part, by reports on MSM such as the BBC, SkyNews and ITV News and of course, when you add-in the potential of #FakeNews, it can be hard to believe anything that is reported, these days.

But 900.

Today’s news stories are full of the horrific tale of 90 year-old Iris Warner. She was apparently beaten, while in her bed, by someone who broke into her North London home.  The injuries she suffered are terrifyingly graphic – awful bruising on the face and limbs,  Simply awful.  The Metropolitan Police are investigating.


We heard the story the other day, of a Polish immigrant lady of 100 years, who was attacked, while on her way to church, had her neck broken and has now died.  I suppose the death cannot be directly attributed to the attack but I can only begin to imagine the fear and the effect it had on that woman.  It must have been incredibly hard to have the will to live after surviving the Nazis, to then suffer so, in ‘peaceful’ Britain.

We have also heard from Cressida Dick, London’s Commissioner of Police – the head of the Metropolitan Police.  At a time, when we hear almost daily reports of stabbings and shootings, across London, when more than 60 people have been murdered, already this year, and, for a short time, the murder rate in London, was greater than in New York,  Ms Dick has said that London’s murder rates are ‘not that bad’.  She seemed to suggest that, since the murder rate, in 2006, was 250, for the whole year, that the reduction we are seeing now is something to be applauded.  Dare she say that to the families of the victims? 

Incidentally, for history buffs, 2006 was when London’s Mayor was another ‘right-on’ Labour extremist called Ken Livingstone, just as today it is Sadiq Khan.  So much easier to waffle-on about gender-free toilets and other issues or on Brexit, over which the London Mayor has no mandate whatsoever, than to actually do the job for which you were elected!


London’s violent crime wave – and do not for one minute think it is anything else – is down to three factors.

Immigrant gangs that are competing for supremacy and control of London’s trade in illegal drugs.

Metropolitan Police that are led by Common Purpose politically inspired chiefs who are more concerned with the media image of the police and forever posturing and virtue signaling and driving for ever increasing funding, than with actually fighting crime.

Politicians of all political hues who place the civil liberties of criminals above those of the general population.


Doesn’t it amaze you, how the police can find the funds to re-paint their cars to celebrate Gay Pride and steward marches that promote virulent anti-Semitism but can’t actually patrol the streets?

How do you feel, when politicians, who have armed police guarding them, preach about the need for tolerance and how ‘stop and search’ is so wrong?

That number, 900.  That is the number of Metropolitan Police that are assigned to desks to monitor the internet for hate crime.  How ‘hate crime’ is defined is between the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.  You must remember the CPS – they’re the ones who have been so politically motivated to pursue and punish rapists that they regularly don’t fulfill their statutory duty to hand over to the defence, any information that might aid the defence – got to get those convictions, at any cost! 

But those 900 police – sitting in front of computer screens and looking for ‘offensive’ words which someone might claim ‘hurt’ them.  I’d venture to suggest that a knife inserted into the abdomen or acid splashed into the face are somewhat more hurtful than a word or two in a Tweet. That’s the trouble with seeing through the idiocy of political correctness.

I was going to write about a number other than 900. 

I was going to write about the number 72.  That’s the ‘alleged’ number of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.  I say ’alleged’ because it now seems that some of those of whom it was claimed they died in the fire, and for whom their families have made compensation claims, didn’t actually exist or live in Grenfell Tower.  The number of false claims, by people who abuse the overwhelming sense of human solidarity that was shown after the fire, is sickening.  I have lost count of that number but it’s in double digits, I believe.

I suggest that having those 900 police on the streets instead of behind a desk might deter some gang member from committing murder. 

I suggest that having police target ‘stop and search’ and dramatically increase its deployment might save lives and certainly wouldn’t unduly hamper the lives of most law-abiding citizens.  Indeed, many would say, if it took guns and knives off of the streets of our cities, then the occasional inconvenience is a price worth paying.

The ‘inconvenience’ of stop and search could be minimized if the police acted based on profiling of criminals.  That 70 year-old nun or the 100 year-old woman on her way to church, probably isn’t ‘packing’ but that wanna-be gangsta might be. 

I suggest that the police have a policy of relentlessly pursuing those moped-riding thugs that are terrorizing the streets.  Currently the police hold-off of full throttle pursuit (and the criminals know this) because the police are concerned about potential traffic accidents.

Of course to do this, would require resources.  So how about taking those 900 police – and that is just London – and putting them out on the street?  How about getting police off of Twitter and onto the streets – a visible deterrent to real crime instead of seeking out people who think ‘wrong’.

I would try to suggest that politicians change and ditch their PC obsession but looking at the anti-democratic activities of so many politicians, around Brexit,  one is fast coming to the conclusion that there are very few democratic politicians around these days and that for democracy to survive, a whole new political paradigm shift is needed.  But that’s another blog!

Naturally, I also suggest that Sadiq Khan resign or be impeached or somehow be legally removed from office and that Cressida Dick be fired.  Indeed, based on comments from other top police leaders, I’d suggest that all Police Chiefs and their deputies should be fired and that one requirement for their successor is that they weren’t fast tracked into the job.

Two other numbers to contemplate, when you hear people say that we need these 900 Metropolitan Police to combat right-wing extremism on Twitter.  34 and 1.  34 is the number of innocent people killed last year, in the UK, in terror attacks perpetrated in the name of the religion we cannot name.  1 is the murder of an innocent victim, some say, racist-inspired, outside Finsbury Park mosque.  

To me though, that makes one number 35 - 35 innocent victims, who, for all of the attention of the internet watchers, weren't given the protection they deserve.  Just like Iris Warner wasn't and neither was Zofija Kaczan - that's the name of that 100 year old victim.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The UK must get off of our knees

It has been some time since I blogged.  I have been somewhat distracted by Twitter and this has provided an outlet enabling responses to fast-moving events.  But…

Twitter can’t be used to convey my current thoughts on the EU “negotiations” and the state of play in UK politics.

Firstly, the EU “negotiations”.  I use inverted commas because it is difficult to truly call them negotiations.  What we see, in an admittedly, and almost universally, biased media, is Theresa May’s government offering concession after concession and getting nothing back in return. 

Most of us have been involved in low-level negotiations throughout our life – trying to avoid a parking ticket, getting excused for delivering homework late, asking for a pay rise or a price reduction.  We know that throughout these low-scale negotiations – the very essence was give and take. A kindly Traffic Warden could maybe just let a harassed mother, with screaming kids in the car, off of a ticket, with a ‘please don’t do it again’.  A store worker might allow a discount for a display model etc. 

We also know that trying to negotiate with a ‘jobsworth’ traffic warden is futile. They simply won’t be moved by any consideration of human understanding.

Right now, the EU is that ‘jobsworth’ Traffic Warden.  They are not negotiating with the UK.  The EU want to punish the UK ,and its people, for having the temerity to vote to leave the organisation and, just as importantly, for failing to have another referendum to get the ‘right’ result as has always happened in other EU countries.  The UK has offered concession after concession and is now in the very dangerous position where the very union that unites the UK, seems to be being offered-up to placate the unplacatable EU.  

The pro-Brexit lobby are gung-ho about the EU needing easy access to UK markets more than the UK needing reciprocal rights in the other direction.  Certainly, the very clear trade imbalance, in favour of EU countries, supports this.  Also, if World Trade Organisation tariffs were used, then the result would be a duty level more than sufficient to fully subsidise UK exports, should that be needed.  That is, WTO rules would be cash-positive for the UK and cash-negative for the EU.   In a real negotiation, this would be a very strong driver for compromise from the EU but that isn’t the case, here.  The impetus here comes not from what is palpably best for the peoples and economies of the EU but from the drive for ever-closer union. 

So, the way forward.

Given that the EU don’t want to negotiate, recognise that and act accordingly.  Apart from anything else, this will restore some dignity to the UK’s standing in the world.  Instead of offering concession after to concession, to the EU, David Davis and the British negotiating team can get off of their knees, stand-up for the UK and then, simply walk-away. 

We can stand by our offer to EU nationals living in the UK, that those currently here, can remain.  Though, they must be subject to UK laws and not, as a concession, to European Court of Justice laws.  That’s how things work in other sovereign countries.  Hopefully, EU countries will reciprocate for UK nationals living within their borders – if they don’t well, frankly, we cannot allow the needs and clearly expressed wishes of the people residing in the UK, to be ignored or damaged by a small minority of people who have chosen to leave the UK.  Two points – the Referendum majority margin exceeds the number of UK people that are living in other EU countries, and, these EU dwellers have made a choice to live in the EU but more importantly, the British people have made their choice.

We will continue to fund the EU until we leave on March 31, 2019.  Then we leave the ‘club’ and we stop paying our dues.  For those UK persons, eligible for an EU pension, then arrangements need to be made and the UK should pay those.  Though I would suggest that they be more in line with UK standards rather than the over-generous, gravy-train EU rates.

As for the border with Ireland, well obviously we will need some arrangement to be put in place.  This can be achieved without resorting to physical barriers. 

Vehicle Number Plate recognition technology is very advanced – if I drive over the Dartford Crossing, near London, or speed on a motorway, then this is known to authorities.  This, plus the fact that much customs clearance is already being done, in advance, shows that a solution is out there. 

The Common Travel Agreement has existed since 1923.  This could continue.

Of course, if the Republic of Ireland followed my advice, then none of this would be necessary. See here.    

So, end the “negotiations”, get off of our knees and go forward into the free world as a sovereign nation and fulfil our destiny to remain the greatest country on earth!

Now my second gripe.

What’s wrong with the Conservatives?  If you’re a Labour supporter or so-called ‘Social Justice Warrior’ I am not talking to you.  Rather just Conservatives.

The Conservatives have a great message to shout about – so why aren’t they?

I know that some Remainer MPs are obsessed about Brexit but all Conservatives should be driving home the message of what Britain has achieved, under the Conservatives, since 2010.

  • ·      Unemployment down by 76% to lowest levels for more than 40 years

  • ·      Employment up to 75% and this at a time when immigration has also continued to increase.

  • ·      Employment, at 75% of workforce amongst highest in leading economies and those in the EU

  • ·      Deficit reduced by 2/3rds

  • ·      Tax allowance for lowest paid increased by more than 77%

  • ·      Millions lifted out of income tax, altogether.

  • ·      National Living Wage introduced

Every time a Conservative MP appears on television or radio or speaks in the House of Commons or elsewhere, they should repeat one or all of these achievements.  Right now, Labour is being allowed to get away with its lies and in suggesting that the UK is an economic basket-case in need of a dose of Venezuela-style socialism.  This has to stop.  Conservatives and fellow libertarians cannot allow the very dangerous McDonnell and Corbyn and the rest of their economic illiterates into power nor to control the message with their lies.

Conservatives, wake-up - our country is at risk and petty infighting and jockeying for position for a post-May leadership is not in the interests of the UK. 

Put bluntly – do your job!

Might have just lost the 2nd Test but I feel better for getting the above, off of my chest!