6 comments on “Strong Words, Brave Man

  1. Mr lawrence, as you’ve said has a right to aggrieved at the police. But he seems to realise, as many politicians do not, that privatisation would be a disaster for the country. He has my utmost respect for speaking out. And with such dignity. A true champion. Nuff said

  2. It is, quite frankly amazing, that any government would consider privatisation of the police force. The current coalition government have completely lost the plot. They have already destroyed the planning system – the NHS and police force are next on their list. Only the banks are safe.

    This government will go down in history as the one that has done most damage to the British way of life.

  3. Brilliant. Point well put – the sooner more people realise what is happening the better chance we have of minimising the damage being done by these out of touch twits we call a Government.

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  5. To be honest, whatever our gov decide to do doesnt suprise me anymore. When i think to myself “why are they doing this?” i come up with the same answer everytime, and that answer is “because they dont care”. They dont have the English peoples interests at heart. Privatising the police is the dumbest thing ive ever heard, its about time Camerons mother stepped in and slapped his backside for being an absolute idiot, the tories WILL finish this country off.

  6. “if you go to the police and they’re a private company, they won’t listen to you, just like if you go to a bank and ask for money – they can just say no. ”

    The police routinely say ‘no’ to investigating crime. Try phoning up the police and telling them your bank account has just been plundered of £500 by some unknown fraudster and see where it gets you. Or your credit card has just been stolen. These are crimes are they not? Why am I any less a victim just because the police regard it as beneath them, or too time consuming to mount a proper investigation. That might have been the last of my savings, and I’ve got nothing more for a month so all the kids go hungry.

    Or how about noise pollution from a house party next door at 3am when I have to start an early shift and both the kids are ill. Or a gang of feral nuisance makers throwing stones at the car. Or aggressive debt collectors for the last resident banging on the door.

    Who deals with any of these criminal elements right now? Not the police that’s for certain. They routinely cherry pick what they will or won’t respond to and it’s all determined by political fashion. Right now that’s anything associated with -ism or potential domestic battery.

    Hence why a millionaire football player who’s had some unkind words posted about him on Twitter will have an investigation mounted, long before you will if your months wages have just been drained from your bank account.

    If there is a market for crimes that are going un-investigated then good. I don’t care a damn how profligate the law providers get, any more than I care how profligate Sainsbury’s get from me doing the weekly shop there. As long as they get the job done, I’m happy.

    Just like people need to eat, they need law and order. And as the police are failing so resolutely to achieve that, then it’s time to put it up for tender.

    I say bring it on. At least some solution to fraud and nuisance makers is better than no solution at all.

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