Time to Take the 'Political' Out of Policing
We will start by condemning the fraudulent presentation of crime statistics by the authorities. The Police are now under political and management pressure to minimise the numbers of incident reports that they record, thus reducing crime statistics and enhancing clear-up rates. Evidence to this effect comes from many quarters, and at the end of this section we quote from an experienced observer in support of our claims. Even with this systemic fiddle, the figures demonstrate startling increases in violent crime and the unwonted interference by the Police in our liberties and ancient rights, a danger to the fabric of our democracy.
Reporting Crimes Feels Like a Waste of Time
The party’s prime concern is with the increasing incidence of crime, and secondarily with the ever-increasing political control of the police. Sadly, voters no longer expect much from the police, and this is clearly demonstrated by the lack of police follow-up to burglaries. Victims now usually just receive a crime number to support an insurance claim, and many don’t bother to report the crime as they suspect that there is little chance of an investigation. This sorry state is hailed by the authorities as reflecting a reduction in crimes being committed, when the opposite is the case.
Knife-Crime Up by 90%
Where crime is so serious that reality cannot be hidden or statistics massaged into the cracks, the slide is evident. London is now infamous for knife killings, and England and Wales have seen upturns in knife-crime year-on-year since 2013, rising from 24,000 events to over 46,000 in 2019 – an increase of 90%. Such a jump might please a business CEO selling widgets, but are a disaster for families and victims of crime across the nation.
Politicians Stop Police Doing Their Jobs
Regrettably, the litany of official abuse and false reporting does not end there, as is made clear by the misleading Rape Gang report released in December 2020. This manipulated report did not include evidence from the northern towns in which the offence has been rife, and victim groups were also ignored by the “investigators”. This political interference demonstrates that the real issue at the heart of our ever-increasing crime problem is not the police, but the politicians and home office civil servants who routinely interfere in the day-to-day work of the formerly admired boys-in-blue. Under a direct democracy form of government, the servants will have to report directly to their masters, and find such dangerous cover-ups impossible to get away with.
We Can Stop a Russian Frigate, But We Can't Stop an Inflatable Dinghy
Unfortunately, our dip into crime is not over, as illegal immigrants in rafts somehow continue to defeat the efforts of our naval and coastal protection forces. Though patrolling in powerful vessels festooned with the latest expensive technical surveillance gadgets, these other boys in blue appear unable to make effective use of the kit which the tax-payers have dipped into their pockets to supply – to little end, it seems. And once ashore, the land-lubbers soon skedaddle and report into the nearest hotel for breakfast in bed, and that allowance they so richly deserve for their pluck and initiative.
The example that the newly arrived future citizens have set only goes to encourage more cash-rich immigrants, with who knows how many putative jihadis among them. With political control taken out of the hands of party oligarchs and immigration policy closely overseen by the people though a system of direct democracy, this comedy of errors will draw to an end as the curtain falls on our louche political thespians.
Shouldn't Evil-Doers Fear the Consequences of Their Crimes?
The final law and order issue that the party wishes to highlight is our support for a national referendum on the return of the death sentence for heinous crimes. Since the termination of capital punishment, the homicide rate has almost doubled. This increase may be partly due to social changes as well as the reduction of the deterrent effect. However, it may also be the case that the rate has been held down because medical advances now save many victims who would have died in the past. Whatever the case, we believe this important question should be decided by the public, and not the oligarchs of the political class alone.
Figure Fiddling - Theodore Dalrymple, a very experienced prison doctor who routinely interacted with the Police, in 2018 noted in his book The Knife Went In, their propensity to reduce crimes recorded as this was in their interests, though obviously not the public's. In particular, he lays the blame on politicians’ desire to mask the real levels of crime in the UK, doing so through the selection and cues given to pliant leaders in the Police to see this policy implemented.
After a series of assaults on medical staff at the local hospital, Police were brought in to support them, but Dalrymple complained to the local Chief Constable about their inaction following incidents reported to him. His assessment of the system following the responses he received bears study:
“But also that on the facts above the Chief Constable was an unscrupulous liar, more a politician than a policeman. He had an eye more to pleasing his masters than to the protection of the public – something common to practically all Chief Constables nowadays…”
“The Chief Constables were chosen for the smoothness rather than the straightness of their talk. Their job consisted largely of putting obstacles in the way of their men. But in this they were only following orders.”
“Eventually, they conceded and with much reluctance recorded the crime. It spoiled their figures, both by increasing the numbers of crimes and reducing the ratio of those that were solved.”