Theresa May was warned in 2015, by a Manchester MET policeman she herself had presented with an award for outstanding service, that her police cuts were a threat to national security.
She ignored him then. The officer has since left the force, along with 20,000 other front line constables, and 12,000 support staff. That is why the Army is on the streets of the country today.
“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.’ THIS CRYING WOLF MUST STOP.” – THERESA MAY 20/05/15
She was told and warned this would happen, and her response was to attack the police warning her, and cut their budgets some more. The traditional newsplatforms congratulated her for this speech. Yesterday, the British Public felt the cost of such arrogance.
“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.”
We now know that these warnings were not exaggerations. How sick is it to dismiss the warnings of an award winning police officer? How sick to silence any criticism of the person who lead us to this point. This is the real human cost of ignoring public servants when they warn you what you are doing, and in you voted for these people, then what you are voting for, is dangerous.
“Community policing has collapsed. Intelligence has dried up. Your cuts are putting National Security at risk.” – Manchester MET Police Officer.
Manchester MET’s award winning cop, telling May her cuts were a ‘threat to national security’. At the height of The Troubles, after the IRA had just killed Margaret Thatcher’s mentor Airey Neave, she still didn’t resort to putting British troops on the streets of this island. Such a move was always seen as a dangerous precedent.
That, for security purposes, such a move is considered necessary today is due to a simple fact. Our Home Office, for 7 years, has slashed our police budgets.
22% of their money – gone,
32,000 staff – gone.
20,000 frontline officers – gone.
The Home Secretary that signed off on it all? Theresa May.
Where’s the stupid quips about a ‘magic money tree’ now?