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This was an appeal to the High Court upon a case stated by a Metropolitan magistrate.
The Lord Chief Justice; This is one of the cases in which His Majesty’s judges, through no fault of their own, are unable to do justice and can but gloomily enforce the law and respectfully condemn the Legislature. The appellant, Mr. Smith, was passing peacefully along a London street when he observed a miscreant ripping the tyres of an unattended and stationary motor-car. A man of more than usual courage and determination, Mr. Smith seized the man and succeeded in detaining him by force until a police-constable arrived. The malefactor was duly prosecuted and punished for his offence; but, having, it appears, some knowledge of the law, he issued a counter-summons against Mr. Smith for assault, upon which Mr. Smith was convicted. Against this conviction Mr. Smith has appealed. Read more of this post
Under the New Labour administration,the Home Office – acting as an arm of the Government – suppressed criminological research that contradicted ministerial policy. Having placed such a premium on evidence based policy, the government failed to live up to that promise and resorted to fixing both the process and publication of Home Office research to meet the political needs of the time. The Home Office remained silent on all those topics that had the potential to reflect poorly on government, hardly making it an institution that represents the British public. In 2008 a Civitas paper contended that Britain’s policing is amongst the worst in the world. To report Britain’s crime at historically low levels, with a falling crime rate, was specious. So here we are five years later with a new administration that continues this sleight of hand policy to disguise a continuing political ineptitude
Ruralshire General Hospital A&E looks like one of those US Federal prisons we should (but don’t) have in England. More money has been spent on huge secure electronic doors to the treatment areas, swipe card access control systems and high-resolution CCTV than on medical equipment.
Three of us stand in front of 3 inches of armoured glass at A&E in all our gear, radios blasting, while dozens of tired sad-looking prospective patients look on. A bored gum-chewing receptionist is having a protracted telephone conversation. We have to wait for at least four minutes until she exhausts the phone conversation and will deign to look up and meet my gaze. Read more of this post
I follow the Police Inspector Blog written by an active Police Inspector under the pseudonym of Inspector Gadget. A name chosen, I suspect, with a mixture of irony and self deprecation, which nevertheless provides an insight into what is really happening to policing ‘on the beat‘. Inspector Gadget often talks about ‘The Swamp Estate on the edge of Ruraltown‘ and his latest offering The truth behind falling crime figures is yet another indictment against politicised policing. The fictional British Crime statistics (BCS) introduced a methodology for massaging the crime figures for political purposes; which when coupled with sentencing procedures, effectively throws offenders back on the street. But wait – we live in an age of ‘super heroes‘ – we now have newly appointed Police and Crime Commissioners able to take the necessary initiatives needed to tackle crime. This, presumably, regardless of the fact that the need to support the policeman on the beat and ensure the security of public citizens, must inevitably lead to an increase in recorded crime (Oh! I forgot. We use the BCS). Read more of this post
A recent post Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) – Elections was an attempt at enlightenment with regard to next Thursdays PCC elections, as it presented a cynical view on these elections I thought that I should do some more research and perhaps be a bit more objective. Having done so, I find myself even more cynical about this charade and stand by those adverse comments that this is a Quango and a future sinecure for political hacks. Read more of this post
If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.
Quite clearly the ‘grey brigade’ are a pain in the backside, with too much time on their hands – most of which it would seem – is spent trawling the internet (especially before their regular visit to the doctor). Also, it would seem, as in my case, seeking information from my Member of Parliament (MP). Having followed the issue of the election of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) with marked ambivalence, I decided to email my MP. Having had some experience in this area I kept my email very short (viz): Read more of this post
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