Thin blue line or thick red one?

Who will vote on this, who gets to decide?

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Back HERE we praised George Monbiot for his article on policing, which highlighted the misuse of the anti-terrorism acts. Political policing is a fact in the UK not some airy-fairy point in a debate. Another fact is that the Guardian may parade itself as a liberal newspaper but it is from first to last a political paper. So along comes an opportunity for the paper to run an article rubbishing Cameron's plans for elected senior police officers, who would be accountable to the public, and they wade in with gusto the article may be signed by Mark Townsend, home affairs editor, but equally could have been written by a spinner from ACPO; it's kiss-and-make-up time! For this is no calm analysis, then put-down, we are told -

Senior police officers have launched a ferocious attack on David Cameron's law and order plans, warning that they will corrupt the traditions of British policing and undermine public confidence in the justice system.

And that's just the start, all the way through it's the same hysterical tone, there's nothing rational or forensic about it. It fails to convey an argument so fails to convince. So over the top and macho it's no better than a written version of 'kettling'. We are also told -

Police chiefs warn that the Tory leader's plans will destroy the fundamental principles of British policing, impair its global reputation and risk political interference in operational decisions. Some believe that a Conservative government intent on directly elected commissioners could precipitate mass resignations.

It's worth looking at this unattributed quote as it's pure spin. The fundamental principles are conveniently not listed, therefore this is like a political activist's cry of "bad for the environment" or "the right thing to do". It's no better than the finger wagging stuff delivered at high volume beloved of the rabble rouser. The bit about global reputation is amusing. The streets of London will be no more, or less, safe, based upon what the opinion of the Metropolitan Police is on the other side of the world. It's utterly delusional. As for the mass resignations this could be all of 200, and the number of police off work at any one time is? I think we can cope!

A public servant speaks -

Chief superintendent Derek Barnett, president of the PSA, which represents 1,600 senior officers added that it was time for the views of the police to be aired: "Parties are elected to government and we accept that. If what they want to do is unpopular with us, then we have a right to say so. If that means we are uncomfortable, we will say so."

So 1,600 senior officers set against the electorate and their wishes, there's democracy for you!

Footnote -
Our picture comes from the Daily Mail who used it with an article HERE