Tuesday, 10 July 2012

We Are All In This Together (2).....Not


PC Ian Dibell

Today an off duty Police Officer was shot dead. It appears that PC Ian Dibell intervened in an incident between two other men, one of whom was armed with a firearm. He put himself in harms way and it cost him his life. My thoughts are with this brave mans family.

Meanwhile, MP's have had their pension contributions increased by 1.85%. MP's have the most generous of all public sector pension and a review body recommended that their contributions be increased by 2.4%. They didn't like that and so they appointed another body who recommended 1.85%. There have still been howls of protest regarding this increase. Some MP's believe that this increase will prevent poor people from entering Parliament. £66K and all those expenses are apparently just not enough to live on. Call me Dave has been silent on the matter. Last year he said that MP's should face the same changes to their pension contributions as all other public sector workers. The Treasury wanted a 3.2% increase in all contributions.

Back in the real world of austerity, the Home Secretary appointed the 'independent' former rail regulator, and future HMCIC, Tom Winsor to privatise and totally screw up the police service. Winsor recommended increases in contributions to the police pension schemes of up to 4%. The Home Secretary hasn't thrown out these recommendations and appointed another 'independent' review. She has accepted the recommendations almost in totality.

In five years time there won't be many police officers left to get in harms way. I don't believe that G4S security guards will do it.



12 comments:

  1. The US military changed how they "man the wars." In so many cases, they hired private companies to do the work of Soldiers. Usually not the deadly jobs, but the safer jobs on the camps. In Iraq, we had a retired First Sergeant who came back as a civilain contractor to do the job I was doing as a lowly Staff Sergeant. The difference? He didn't know what he was doing (I had to train him) and he was not only getting his pension, but over 100,000 dollars (US).

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  2. Do you mind if I link this post on Twitter, Lex?
    Was very sorry to hear about PC Dibell. Brave man. I hope no one else gets hurt tracking down the killer.

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  3. MetalDog - please feel free. Thanks for your continued support. Until the police service has been dismantled it appears that the media are just not going to wake up to what Winsor and privatisation is going to mean for the public.

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  4. Thanks. I'll tweet it out tomorrow out of respect for requests on there to keep anything political/angry off the scene just for today.

    The media is coming around, albeit slowly. Keep the faith, Lex - you chaps aren't quitters and the word is getting around.

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  5. The only clear picture to emerge depicts a neighbour dispute, gun madness and double tragedy. The rapid appearance of fawners and manipulative lobbyists from under the cover of their stones, gives rise to some cringeworthy comments.

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  6. Melvin is far more polite than I. Reeve was "slightly" known to police. There was some element (censored) we are not being told, maybe like national hero Raoul Moat he had been busted a dozen times and wanted some revenge. Reeve "may" have been helped shuffle off this mortal coil by Essex plod. Well, I have had a great day thus far and will now whistle my way to dinner time;)

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  7. Two things-MTG when you shuffle off this mortal coil believe me no-one will making cringe-worthy comments and fawning over you.
    As for that spiteful wanker above-I cannot believe you let him post here when you know what he writes on his evil blog.
    Jaded

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  8. Good evening, WPC Jaded.

    The erroneous hyphenation was probably inspired by one of those ghastly American spellcheckers. Yet I have every confidence that before succumbing to your own mortality, you will have mastered at least one language, my dear.

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  9. Jaded - I have been close to blocking Rehill but on balance I do feel that everyone should be allowed to comment, within certain parameters. Observing these inane comments may give other readers a better understanding of the sort of people that make up our society and what we are up against.
    I have read Rehill's blog and, like the vast majority of people, I have found no reason to return. Unsurprisingly, as he receives little attention on his own blog, he infests others looking for the attention he needs and craves. Like a child having a tantrum, I have found ignoring him the best option.

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  10. Oh no I put in a hyphen by mistake.I deserve to be punished by the King of the internet.
    Jaded

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  11. Jaded much of your psyche seems to be obsessed with punishing or being punished. Would you like to share something?

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