"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 6 April 2012

The Big Society

The Big Society went back to its roots today and took the Police Force with it, all the way back to Peelian Principles when the public were the police and the police were the public. An entire shift of twelve officers in the Met Police was composed entirely of Specials; not a single full-time, experienced officer was among them.

This must be a first. Somehow, I doubt this was what Cameron wanted us to envisage when he asked us to create a Big Society of charitable volunteers. Or perhaps, given the way the govt seems to be alienating the professionals with the Winsor Report, it was, but I doubt it was what most of the London public had in mind when we were promised, "No front-line cuts".  I wonder if we'll be seeing another demonstration along the lines of 2008.  Personally, I'd be tempted to go down and kettle them - they can't have it all ways.

The info came from a serving Police Officer who phoned in to speak to Jacqui Smith, our delectable former Home Secretary, on LBC radio, but he was cut off pretty sharpish.

The police complain about their pay and pensions, people organise sit-ins at local libraries earmarked for closure and the public sector strike in protest about changes to the t&c of their pensions; I'd be more concerned about this development.


  1. Your usual erudite and excellent spot.

    1. Thanks, OR - I just happened to be tuned in at the right time. It's a shame he was cut off, I'd have liked to know which Borough.


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