Reactionary Politics……

22 Oct

Policy……

Did the coalition have any policies when we didn’t vote them in apart from the ones which are now ancient history like ‘declaring war on the bankers’ and ‘opposing tuition fees’?  It seems that all we have now is policy ‘on the fly’ in reaction to whatever crisis is current.  This is no way to revitalise our failing economy and return the country to prosperity……

The Latest Bumbling Announcement……

As a result of Andrew Mitchell making his thoughts about the proletariat clear to all with his rant at the Police Officers charged with his safety, the PM has suddenly made his first speak on law and order, having replaced Mitchell with Sir George Young the man who said “The homeless are what you step over when you come out of the opera.”

 

The PM will call for ‘retribution’ against criminals.  The PM said that ‘Retribution is not a dirty word’ and whilst by definition is not as loaded as ‘revenge’ it does appear to carry more of ‘an eye for eye’ connotation.  He offers nothing new to the debate about the rehabilitation of offenders and contains nothing that we haven’t heard from successive Home Secretaries.  To deliver his plan he has proposed that charities, companies and the probation service receive payment by results without offering any new money for the implementation of his policy.  Payment by result is not an unreasonable idea but as in the case of school league tables, it really amounts to ticking the right boxes to receive your payments.  The effect of this approach is not usually an improvement in results, rather a manipulation of the statistics to make it appear that the policy is effective.  The suggestion that prisoners should not receive a modest payment upon release is another problematic policy.  When a prisoner leaves the gates with nothing the chance that they will commit a crime almost straight away will be greatly increased and counterproductive……

The Home Secretary’s Contribution…….

Theresa May has told us that there exists ‘middle men’ who ‘hire out guns’ to criminals.  Where she got this information from is unclear but if these middle men have been identified it would not be a great leap of faith to expect our Police Forces to be able to arrest and investigate the claims.  There is no offence for possession of a fire arm with intent to supply, which May believes there should be.  It would be difficult to prove that the intention to supply could be done with the knowledge of what the gun was to be used for.  May suggests that the penalty for this crime be increased to a minimum of 10 years up to life imprisonment.  This would also appear to be a reactionary policy for which we already have adequate legislation for dealing with……

What’s in the Pipeline….?

Given the findings into Hillsborough and the revelation that officers involved in the Miner’s dispute of the 1980’s being asked to change their statements and the Jimmy Saville scandal, the next ‘on the fly’ policy making will be with regard how large institutions deals with allegations of sexual abuse concerning high profile celebrities.  Only time will tell.  What is perfectly clear is that the Government are pursuing any long term policies and are engaging purely in damage limitation policy……

This will be Achieved within the Budget Constraints……

All of this new policy, changes to the rehabilitation of prisoners and restructuring of probation services will of course all need to be achieved within the 20% cuts imposed on the already stretched Police Forces.  The new independent Crime Commissioners, each of which will create two new £100,000 posts and give them the powers to allocated resources to what the public perceive to be the most important issues in their area.  Achieve more with less resources appears to be the message and the new Police Commissioners, who were sold on their independence and skills they could bring to the job, has been overshadowed by most candidates being drawn from political parties.  I imagine the general public who have received little information about the candidates will be apathetic and the turn out for the vote in November will be abysmally small.  Time will tell……

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