I am sat tinkering away with tribunal papers and, once again, my eyes are stinging and my mind bursts with paragraph numbers, though, admittedly, a children’s party and a comedy StarWars T-shirt for Father’s Day helped stop this from turning into another fully immersed week. There is only so long you can dive for without needing to come up for air…
Meanwhile, the outside world has continued to spin in most interesting ways.
The Government seems intent on firming up trade links with China, resulting in some furore over where our scruples have gone: many have pointed out that we, as a nation, seem to be putting cash before the knowledge of many years of human rights concerns. It is, for me at least, bewildering and quite terrifying that Britain has effectively written an open letter along these lines:
“Dear Questionable Regime,
Despite international concern about your conduct when it comes to your citizens, and your poor record of environmental management, I would very like it if you could bring something nuclear to my house.
Yours, A.N. Idiot”.
Meanwhile, the Home Secretary and Justice Secretary have been defeated in the Supreme Court, with the ruling that it conflicts with human rights provisions, to force people to declare minor convictions to prospective employers. This is a sensible ruling and one that must now be immediately responded to by the legislature. Of course, this may also have an impact on the executive, as this will have direct implications for the College of Policing’s struck off list too. This is a space worth watching very closely.
In a slightly different trial, unrelated to the watery shouts of “Cowabunga!” from the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, it transpires that Surrey Police have thrown almost £15 million pounds down the toilet with a failed IT project – thankfully rectified by the Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley, with a cheaper and proven system now being opted for. Ironically, the project was called Siren (a loud noise telling you something is wrong).
What is worrying is that the former Chief, Mark Rowley, who sanctioned the big flush, during the worst austerity known to modern policing, is now an Assistant Commissioner in the Met and appears to have digital policing in his portfolio.
Finally, GCHQ are in deep shit once more, this time it having been revealed that the routinely spy on social media, including even direct messages on Twitter, on the justification that they are ‘external communications’ and as such require no use of RIPA. Thankfully, they find themselves with their pants down being spanked for this, with even the former inspector calling for reform due to their ‘loopholing’.
Aside from the fictional character ‘The Mother Fucker’, in the brilliant comic book sequel of Kickass, I am unaware of any international criminals that are so fatally stupid that they would start tweeting… that was until I intercepted this terrifying terrorist communication on YouTube HERE.
Former PC James Patrick is the police whistleblower who exposed the manipulation of crime figures. Bernard Jenkin of the Public Administration Select Committee said: ‘We are grateful to PC James Patrick… for his courage in coming forward to voice his concerns.'