Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Vicarious Pleasures

I can't afford to visit a dentist, even as an NHS patient, and I need to, but I can at least take comfort from the knowledge that foreigners are given free dental treatment thanks to the money extorted with menaces from me by those supposed to be working in my interests. I'm also comforted by the knowledge that my money is helping foreigners to compete in a labour market that has not provided a job for me, and to obtain benefits here that are denied to me. It's particularly pleasing that Mrs Gruff pays three and a half times and nine times our food budget in council tax and income tax respectively per month.

Knowing that others enjoy at our expense a lifestyle Mrs Gruff and I cannot afford for ourselves means that our hitherto self-centred lives are now so much more rewarding.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

If Only

As last year, a prolonged period of machine gun fire and explosions coming from the green brought a brief moment of untrammelled joy, until I remembered that this is Lytham's 'Wartime Weekend', when those who, I suspect, have never performed any sort of military service dress up in the uniforms of their grandfathers and play square-jawed conquering heroes before a brain-dead gawping crowd (the very people who will cower beneath their beds when the real machine gunning starts), and not the revolution. If those who spend so much time, effort and money attempting to recreate the feats of their forefathers concentrated instead on preserving the legacy our forefathers bequeathed to us we might not be in the mess we are.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

'The Police' Are The Public

Those clowns have clearly forgotten that, unless they think Sir Robert Peel intended that they should be The Great British Public (1) and we merely their servants, to do precisely as we are ordered immediately we are ordered, whether or not the law allows.

People do what they can and those who can only make a bloody nuisance of themselves at the expense of the public do so. Too often 'The Police' leave us feeling that all they can do is just that and no more. We need to feel that we are policed - who in his right mind would feel comfortable knowing that his house might be burned to the ground at any time - but we need to know that those who police us understand that they are our servants, and not our masters, and police us with our consent and co-operation, which is what Sir Robert Peel intended, according to Wikipedia (2):

'Peelian Principles

The Peelian principles describe the philosophy that Robert Peel developed to define an ethical police force. The principles traditionally ascribed to Peel state that:

  • Every police officer should be issued a badge number, to assure accountability for his actions. 
  • Whether the police are effective is not measured on the number of arrests, but on the lack of crime.
  • Above all else, an effective authority figure knows trust and accountability are paramount. Hence, Peel's most often quoted principle: The police are the public and the public are the police.
However, it has been suggested that Peel's list of principles was more likely authored by twentieth century policing scholars than by Peel himself; although Peel discussed the spirit of some of these principles in his speeches and other communications, researchers Lentz and Chaires found no proof that he ever actually compiled a formal list.[1]

Principles of policing
  1. The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
  2. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.
  3. Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
  4. The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.
  5. Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
  6. Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.
  7. Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
  8. Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
  9. The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.[2]
 1: Lentz, Susan A.; Chaires, Robert H. (2007). "The invention of Peel's principles: A study of policing ‘textbook’ history". Journal of Criminal Justice 35 (1): 69–79. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2006.11.016.
2: "New Westminster Police Service: Sir Robert Peel's Nine Principles". Retrieved 2009-04-22.

There was a time when most people would willingly have gone to the assistance of a constable in difficulties, and been commended, rather than condemned, for doing so.  Those days, however, are long gone and although few would actually do harm to a constable many, surely, would like to see harm done to a good many of them.

Gruff thanks to Richard North at EUReferendum for the link (No link available. The item is titled 'Our big, brave plods', date: Saturday, August 13, 2011.) to the video.

1: Much in the same way as Louis XIV of ffrance, and with much the same intention.
2: As reliable as Microsoft software and to be used only when a more trustworthy source is not necessary.

Absolutely Clueless

Is there anyone at Westminster who isn't as thick as pig shit?

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Our Man of Iron

There you go, problem solved: More power to the Police, as if they need yet more excuses to throw their weight around. Cue the next series of riots when one of those 'youths' who knows he can do just what pleases him and need do nothing else refuses to do what pleases some mindless anti-social thug in black and hi-vis.

Cameron's some man; no faint heart he, just a feeble brain and a backbone of putty. Was it Waterloo that is said to have been won on the playing fields of Eton? Standards must have slipped as badly there as in the state sector. The fees might have bought his parents a small chateaux in a nice part of France. What a dreadful waste of money.

Monday, 8 August 2011

London's Burning, and Leeds and Birmingham

An exaggeration but things are clearly getting out of hand and the trouble is spreading. Expect outbreaks in Liverpool, Bradford and Manchester within 24 hours, at most. Cameron and his arse licking clowns must be shitting themselves.

Politics, and blogging, are becoming interesting again.

On the bright side, BBC news crews have been the object of threats and intimidation.

Update at 23:40 BST: Reports on Radio 5 Live claim that the participants are tooling up and attacking people. One report claimed that 'youths' are carrying metal bars and machetes, another that a woman had been dragged from her car, which was subsequently set alight.

Update at 23:44 BST: A LMFAO moment when R5 Live reported that Ed Miliband is cutting short his holiday.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Wogs Take Bribes

Shock, horror, can it be that what our parents and grandparents told us could be true? Are wogs really more susceptible to corruption than our own kind, even in our country?

Gruff thanks and more waffle later etc.