Questions, Questions

These are unprecedented times. No peacetime Government in the last hundred years has faced a greater set of challenges than those now facing the Government of Boris Johnson. That being said, I do have some questions about the response to Coronavirus in this country. I have never been a supporter of those who offer commentary... Continue Reading →

#OfficerDown

I originally wrote much of what follows last summer - in the desperate days that followed the killing of PC Andrew Harper. Little more than a year on, the agony of history is repeating itself. Officer Down. Most give what they can; some give all they have. Sergeant Matiu Ratana - known to all as... Continue Reading →

Perspectives

[Author’s Note: This blog is a little longer than those I usually write, but the subject matter seemed too important to make it any shorter.] Last Thursday evening in north London, the police were called to reports of a fight in the street. On arriving at the scene, officers identified a man who matched the... Continue Reading →

The Point of Failure

Policing is taking an absolute hammering at the moment - with the relentless criticism of a job that most couldn’t or wouldn’t do coming from almost every quarter. And, while it’s tempting to suggest that it was ever thus, there can be no doubt that it’s got demonstrably worse in the last few weeks. Quite... Continue Reading →

A.C.A.B.

I’m married to Bear. She’s wonderful. At the start of this week, we celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary: eighteen years spent in the company of my best friend; eighteen years spent listening and learning and having the rough edges rubbed off me. Back in 2002, in the weeks leading up to our wedding, we signed... Continue Reading →

The Killing of George Floyd

I’m struggling for words - struggling to write anything coherent. The best I seem to be able to manage is this collection of thoughts about the killing of George Floyd… The greatest duty - the greatest privilege - that any police officer could ever have is to save the life of another human being. The... Continue Reading →

A Copper’s Lot

Yesterday Yesterday, the Prime Minister gave a pre-recorded speech in which he attempted to explain the government’s latest strategy for responding to the pandemic. Stay Alert, we were told. But a soundbite does not a strategy make and, mostly, he seems only to have confused people (including senior members of his own government). “Stay at... Continue Reading →

Black & Blue

These days, I find it incredibly difficult to watch video footage of confrontation involving police officers. Too many memories I suppose. Yesterday though, I caught sight of the clip that was circulating on social media - of a black father being tasered by police officers in front of his young son. I could only watch... Continue Reading →

Horror & Hope

On Friday it was 980. Nine hundred & eighty souls. On Saturday, it was 917. Nine hundred & seventeen souls. Those are the numbers of people who have died from coronavirus in just two days. Just in this country. Actually, those are the numbers of people who died in hospital. The totals don’t include those... Continue Reading →

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