“People who join the police do so, in my experience, from an uncomplicated desire to help their communities. The same is true, indeed, of most people who choose the public sector. The trouble is that, when there is no one to hold us to account, even the saintliest among us become self-serving. Successive Conservative Governments have understood this principle when it comes to the state payroll generally, but have held back from applying it to our constabularies. Hence the producer-capture manifested, above all, in the Police Federation.
Fortunately, there is now a mechanism at hand to make the police answerable: the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners. If there are any readers still complaining that the commissioners will ‘politicise the police’, consider what has just taken place. The police are political; but they’re not accountable. Or at least, they weren’t until last month. It now falls to PCCs to restore our trust in the system.”
Hannan opines that most of those who join the police service, as with most public sector workers, so do from a desire to serve their communities. And the fact that providing they keep their noses clean and adhere to all the rules and regulations they have a job for life, has no bearing on their choice of career? Pull the other one do, Hannan.
The fact that, as in the political arena, the police have no-one among those that provide their income to hold them to account is, indeed, a factor in the current situation. The fact also that the police are political, aided and abetted by the likes of ACPO, is something that should never have been allowed to occur in the first place, because the minute they do they become an arm of the state. For Hannan to maintain that the election of Police Commissioners makes the police accountable is on a par with Gordon Brown’s statement that he saved the world.
Where I disagree with Richard North in his description of Hannan as a Judas Goat is that Hannan is far worse; he is a performing monkey, aping his party’s policies to the detriment of his personal principles – if, that is, he has any.
Where Hanan is concerned we will never have any need to recall that old adage: “out of the mouths of babes and sucklings” – something that we say when a small child says something that surprises us because it shows an adult’s wisdom and understanding of a situation.