Saturday, 26 December 2009

A Few Ramblings

First of all, can I make a request. I see a number of bloggers saying Happy Holidays. I am not particularly religious but I guess I live in a culture that is steeped in Christian values. My understanding is that some people think it is offensive to non Christians to refer to Christmas and say Happy Holidays to make everyone feel included.

I would not dream of suggesting to Muslims that they change the name of Ramadan to fasting month or that Hindus shouldn't celebrate Diwali as it is named. I am happy to understand and, where possible, join in their celebrations. I feel sorry for the Christian faith. They are being marginalised and treated less favourably than other faiths. Christmas is almost exclusively a Christian festival. Why can we not say Happy Christmas? Why should this offend anyone?

To get this back on track as a police blog, I wanted to relay some experiences I have attending meetings with some of our partners. I spend a lot of time in meetings. Most of it is wasted. One of the meetings I attend discusses Persistent Young Offenders. These are the young people of Utopia who are committing crime day in and day out. We sit down with other agencies such as the Youth Offending Team (YOT) and Social Services and discuss what more we can do outside of the court system to try and stop the offending.

What I invariably hear is that these young people need help. They need a mentor to give them advice and support. They need help to get back into school or to get a job. They need trips to McDonalds and weekends away etc. etc. Invariably these kids are from backgrounds where there is no parental control or support and I agree that they need the help being suggested. What I never hear though is any mention of negative consequences. There is never any thought for the victims of crimes. No thought of consequences for offenders when they offend again or fail to turn up for their trip away, appointment with social worker or tell their YOT worker to "F**k off." They just need more help and we are supposed to ignore the behaviour. There has to be negative consequences for bad behaviour. If there isn't what reason is there for anyone to change? The positive work and rewards should follow on from the consequences.

This reminds me of the Parable of the Good Social Worker. I am sure you know it. A traveller is on the road from Wandsworth to Brixton. He is set upon by muggers and is beaten senseless, robbed of all his valuables and left laying in the gutter. Another traveller passed along the same road and saw the unconscious man laying there. Not wanting to get involved he crossed to the other side and walked on. A second traveller came by and did the same. Then a Social Worker came along. They saw the man laying unconscious and went over to them. "My God!" They said. "Whoever did this needs help." Then they hurried on their way to try and find them.

13 comments:

  1. Social workers really are a different breed to the rest of us, I would probably include most judges and magistrates with them too.

    AS

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  2. Anon what right allows anyone to take a minimum of two years out of your life? Judges sentenc political prisoners to lengthy terms (Heather Nicolson) yet scum like Tracey Connolly are give an easy time. White, male elderly public school types think they can adminster justice to me? It is not that the people are held in contempt of court but that the courts are held in contempt by the people.

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  3. I whole heartedly agree with all that you have stated but the Police are also to blame for promoting this sense of 'no consequences to my actions'. In my area the police are not charging riders of illegal motorcycles with any motoring offences, but merely confiscating the perpetrators bikes. These bikes are pretty worthless and easily replaced and so no lesson is learned.
    Try getting any information from the police about this practise so that you can raise it as an issue, and you will come up against a stone wall. This is just one example of the Utopian policies of law and order, don't get me started on 'hate crimes'

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  4. Craig Lynch is showing you how (un) popular you are. With luck he will emulate David Bieber.

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  5. >I spend a lot of time in meetings.

    Then you're enabling the enablers. Start with the man in the mirror, as the great philosopher St Michael of Neverland once spaketh.

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  6. I can only remember one published report of anti-Christmas sentiment. A Jewish guy complained about an American airport's Christmas tree. The tide of scornful invective that flowed his way through the press, TV, and the internet probably made him judge that as not one of his wisest actions.

    Most of that sensitivity seems to come from the people of Christian heritage, once again feeling like thay have to be apologetic to the 'heathens' who have been so badly treated by Christians in the past.

    To my last post, MarkUK reminded me that two rights don't make a wrong. Here, I would say that a wrong and a 'right' don't make two rights.

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  7. Anon; re Lynch and Bieber, what a moronic and sad cretin you are. Lynch walked out of an open prison. How heroic! Had he stayed the idiot would have been released by now. If he was worth making the effort to find I am sure he would have been. As for Bieber, I know almost nothing about you but I just know from your views that your family will be very proud of everything you have achieved.

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  8. Lynch first. Taser or shot dead upon arrest? He makes you look like the clowns you are and is applauded for it. Ask yourself, why are you despised so? When the public support the bad guy it says something about the venality of police in the U.K. Now Bieber. "90% of the public lie to us, the other 10% are probably lying". you pour scorn on the enemy, the public, but are richly desrving of contempt yourself.

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  9. Anon; you need to take your rose tinted glasses off and re-examine your own bigotry. If Lynch was so popular why did he have to make his site private to stop all the abuse he was getting. Some moron supported by a few other recividists is hardly evidence of the venality of the UK police.
    Re Heather Nicholson, how anyone can describe her as a political prisoner is beyond the comprehension of normal people. Killing and injuring people in the guise of protecting animals doesn't really cut it. She is a deranged and evil person who belongs behind bars, ironic though that may be.

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  10. We've pixillated police in England. Turn on TV you are all backs to the camera, if you were not hated so, that would never happen. Fear? We do not fear you, only wait until the time is right. What of Sean Hogdson? Sgt Smellie? Now he really is evil.

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  11. Anonymous, impressive rants, spraying random names around like badly aimed shotgun pellets.
    Out of interest "when the revolution comes" what do you intend to put in place to police the country - or is everyone going to become a shiny happy person in your new utopia?

    Tang0

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  12. Whatever is in place can be no worse than you lot. "Everyone will be different after the revolution". "No they won't" Dr Zhivago.

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  13. Only deviants want to join the police so as they may achieve a, (albiet bogus), status of 'hero/hardman' whilst hypocritically hiding behind the state. A status that this type of person could never achieve generically. They may wish to achieve a bogus position of crypto-respect and act out their perverted fantasies with little fear of retribution. History tells us this! You can't be a hard-man whilst hiding behind the state and you can't be a cool jobsworth END OF!

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