“This weekend the Federation warned that ‘spending reductions mean that we’ll be forced to adopt a paramilitary style of policing in Britain.’ Today you have said that ‘community police officers are an endangered species’….
I have to tell you that this kind of scaremongering does nobody any good – it doesn’t serve you, it doesn’t serve the officers you represent, and it doesn’t serve the public.”
Theresa May was told and warned – by no less than an award winning MET Police officer she herself had awarded a prize for outstanding service – that cuts reduced the security services’ ability to PREVENT these attacks. Her response was to attack the people warning her, and cut their budgets some more.
The traditional newsplatforms congratulated her for this speech.
Yesterday, for the third time since March, the British Public felt the cost of such arrogance.
We cannot expect our security services to be able to prevent these things without fully staffed public services. When your cops spend half their time firefighting the side effects to the cuts to other services, they aren’t in the communities. It’s really that simple.
That is before we get to the fact that under the tories watch our prisons are being privatised. This means the best officers are being driven from that force, too, and as a direct result those prisons are becoming over run with extremists from Saudi Arabia who are radicalising young British criminals – who we are supposed to be rehabilitating. Ask anyone who has been to prison in the last 5 years.