One Ring (of Ministers) to Rule Them All

In a move regarded by the Conservative Party and much of the media as evidence of the further Stalinisation of the UK, the Government is planning to further centralised the police. Until now, chief constables of the 43 police forces across the country have been appointed by local police authorities, comprised of local councillors, magistrates, and others.  Now they will be hired and fired by the Home Secretary or other Home Office ministers.

They will become political pawns. If they do not carry out Government policy effectively enough, they will face the sack. Missing Government targets on cutting crime will be regarded as poor job performance. It will also ensure that police chiefs will not be critical of the Government, and especially of the Home Secretary.

If they can hire and hire the bosses, there will be nothing to stop them getting rid of troublesome lesser mortals. Jan Berry, head of the Police Federation, would have to think twice before publically accusing Home Secretary Jacqui Smith of fraud for refusing to abide by decision of the independent arbiter regarding police pay. Ms Berry probably wouldn’t even dare to bring up Ms Smith’s past as a admitted user of illegal drugs.

The Labour Party knows you can’t trust local people to carry out the Governments totalitarian rule. Only the highest officials can be trusted to stay on message and guide the country.

5 Responses to “One Ring (of Ministers) to Rule Them All”

  1. theraffishdandy Says:

    Of course, the fact that Jan Berry was two days from retirment when she made those comments means that we’ll never know whether she would have made them in the normal course of events.

    That’s not to say that I’m happy with the proposal, I’m not. But I would welcome a change that would make someone like Iain Blair accountable. The current system is hardly a roaring success is it?

  2. sol Says:

    Why not make Blair accountable to the mayor of London and the London Assembly?

  3. theraffishdandy Says:

    I’d back that.

    Of course, I’d actually prefer that he was accountable in a court of law but one can’t have everything.

  4. Elizabeth Says:

    And to think we used to live in a democratic country……..Britain is now a laughing-stock.

    This is an appalling – and frightening- step towards totalitarianism.

  5. Scintillant Says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Scintillant!!

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