I’m sure you can all remember back in 2015 when the then Home Secretary told the Police Federation to “stop crying wolf”.
She said nearly every year the Federation warned that the public was at risk or that the force would be destroyed but it had not happened.
She told officers: “This kind of scare-mongering does no one any good.” And she added: “This crying wolf has to stop.”
Mrs May gave them an ultimatum, telling them: “You can choose protest and continue to shout from the sidelines for the next five years or choose partnership.”
Fast Forward 3 years and where are we? I think almost everyone apart from the most hardened lunatic Tories will admit that crimes of all types have risen by various degrees. More importantly though, Murders in the capital, and beyond, are rocketing. Knife Attacks, Acid Attacks, they are all getting out of control.
Even the Tories’ favourite newspaper is carrying unprecedented headlines
Shire towns face unprecedented 140 per cent surge in robberies and violent crime with rise blamed on police cuts and ‘county lines’ drug gangs
Since Theresa May first came to ‘power’ in 2010 she has stedfastly refused to listen to us old codgers, the Police Lobbyists, she has ignored Academics, Pracademics, the Federation and that species the NPCC officer who dares to speak out. She very recently managed to stick in a leopard-print boot to the majority of Public Services by promising the NHS £20 billiom. Yes, they do deserve it, but they are not alone in that. She has chosen the NHS to be the sole beneficiary. The #MagicMoneyTree only bore a few fruits obviously. Wait a moment, maybe this was just a cynical vote-winner. What other Public Service is likely to provide as many votes as rescuing a floundering NHS?
Well Mrs May, let me tell yo now that the #MagicBobbyTree is dead, killed off by some over-zealous pruning by a ‘lady’ gardener.
Sadly though, it doesn’t even end there. The skills and experience that have been lost over the past 10 years, frivolously discarded in some arrogant crusade, will take decades to replace, EVEN IF, the cuts were reversed tomorrow. The damage has been done. It can NOT be simply reversed, not even by some fancy-pants Graduate Entrry Folly dreamt up by the College. That scheme, flawed as it is, does not touch the problem of dwindling PCSOs and Specials, alongsisde the Regulars.
Mrs May you have broken the morale, fibre and being of the Police Service. You personally are responsible with your flawed policies and abject refusal to listen to reasoned argument. This is YOUR legacy, young kids’ blood on your hands. Oh no, you must stop that wicked Stop and Search immediately, it does no good and it is racist. Really? Ask the families oif the dead children (yes, children) that you pretend to care about. What have YOU actually DONE to stem the tide of knife-related murders, attmpted murders and assaults on our streets in broad daylight?
We were NOT crying Wolf (and at the end of that fable there was actually a wolf)