Police chiefs are to seek assurances from politicians - of all parties - that they will not interfere in police work.
An excellent sentiment. One I agree with entirely, as, I'm sure, would most people. It's eleven years too late, but it's surfaced at last. This has come about because of the removal of that paragon of the PC, Iain Blair. The rest of the chief constables are concerned that they might be next. So they want politicians to promise not to meddle in police affairs. I mean, it's not as if the police would ever use politican-style weasel words and spin, is it?
Where have all you Chief Constables been? Hiding away among the technicoloured landscape of PC-land? The politicians already control your forces. Where do you think those insane target-driven mechanisms come from? The new way of policing that makes the criminal the victim, and the victim the criminal? Do you think your officers took it upon themselves to make up new laws on the spot? To stop and search the obviously innocent so that they can tick the right boxes and prove they aren't 'profiling' (ie. looking for actual criminals)?
Political correctness is politics. It is enforced by politics. The police have been overrun by, and are controlled entirely by, politicians and politically correct subversives. The politicians can easily promise, with hands on that place where real people have hearts, that they will not interfere further. They have no need. Their agents are already in place.
Ken Jones, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said that senior officers were extremely concerned that Sir Ian Blair's sudden departure from Scotland Yard had "fundamentally altered the perception of policing independence".
No, I'm afraid it didn't even cause one raised eyebrow among the public. We already knew that politics ran the police. Everyone - except, apparently, these senior officers - was fully aware of it.
Another senior police chief said: "There is a line that the politicians must not cross — they must not start telling chief constables how to do their job. Operational independence is critical. If they cross that line, chiefs will walk away from the job."
They must not start? They started a long time ago. Did you miss it? That fine line was erased years ago. The police now work for the Government, not the people. We can't trust them now, and they make it clear that they don't trust us. Politicians likewise.
Speaking at the Conservative conference this week, you signalled that you were uncomfortable with Mr Johnson's idea of stripping the Met of its national responsibility for terrorism in order to give the Mayor greater control over the force.
Why does the Met have national responsibility for terrorism? There are other police forces - are they to ignore terrorists and leave it all to Scotland Yard? Besides, the councils all have anti-terrorist powers and are putting them to good use against people who might put a tin in the glass bin, who might add one bag too many to that bin, who might be sending their child to the wrong school, who might have a visitor without filling in the proper forms.
The Mayor is an elected official. All chiefs of police should be. If Boris makes a mess of policing, he'll be out at the next election. Can the same be said of any Chief Constable?
You asked: "Is change, is that big upheaval, the right thing to do when we are facing a terrorist threat?"
We, the public, don't feel all that threatened by terrorists, to be honest. We are more scared when taking photos in the street, of having a quiet smoke or a drink, of being in a park where children are playing, of being arrested in possession of a map and some photos, than we are of being blown to bits by some bearded loon in Afghanistan. We are not scared of terrorists, Mr. Cameron. We are scared of the police, of the park keeper, the bin collector, the pseudoplods, the undercover Council Stasi. We are scared of being monitored every minute of the day, soon to be extended to every phone call, Email and web page we visit. We are scared of being stopped and searched in the street when we have done nothing wrong, and arrested for walking with a stick.
Terrorists? Don't make me laugh, Dave . We are not scared of terrorists.
We are scared of you and your continuation of the Labour Reich once the Gorgon is gone.
Politics and police are the same thing now. The police are simply the militant wing of Westminster. Boris Johnson has started the process of unravelling that. He is not 'politicising the police'. His actions might be the first steps in depoliticising them. Or they might not be. It's too soon to tell.
Politicians no longer work for the people. Neither do the police. It's no use pretending otherwise any more.
Mr. Cameron, this country needs change. It needs a big upheaval, and it will be far less damaging if you do it before it happens by itself. If you learn nothing else from Labour, learn from their biggest mistake of all.
When you say 'I am listening', the next step is to actually shut up and listen.
Give it a try.
Thanks to leg-iron for this well written piece