I have a lot of love for the Metropolitan Police, having spent a number of years on a 999 response team working on a busy East London borough.
Despite also doing a stint in the armed forces, I would say that the camaraderie in the Met Police was well on-par with what I experienced in the armed forces.
So it saddens me to learn that now the Met Police are being forced to raise funds, following the outrageous and negligent cuts which police forces up-and-down the country have had to endure, by selling toys and souvenirs.
Years of experience, in the form of police officers with bundles of such, were culled in a mass-extinction that was started by the Government in a move that defies all notions of common sense.
Decisions were made by individuals who have grown up in the idyllic realms of the countryside and who are so far removed from ‘reality’ (i.e. the lives and experiences of the many) that they think dancing a crappy dance is going to win over the hearts and minds of people.
You would have thought that anyone with an ounce of common sense would have thought that, as the population and poverty increases, then so would crime….
And that even more resources must be pumped into the police in order to keep a lid on criminal behaviour.
But no. Those who are elected to make decisions on our behalf, despite having no real life experience, have and still are making decisions which are embarrassing to watch.
During my time in the Met, if anyone would have mentioned that the Job could/should sell merchandise in order to raise money, then that person would have been a laughing stock.
‘Why would a service as essential as the Metropolitan Police need to raise money by selling merchandise?’ probably would have been the standard response.
Little did we know then that career politicians, experts in spinning yarns and hoodwinking the masses, would make the decision to cut funding to the emergency services.
And now the Metropolitan Police are going to be selling toys and souvenirs in order to raise much needed cash….just let that sink in for a second…..toys and souvenirs.
Maybe the problem here, is that when you have privileged individuals in Government, who have no experience of crime, including its causes and effects, then they are so detached from the reality of criminality that they start to think it does not exist.
Meanwhile, we are still sending £13 billion overseas each year in so-called ‘foreign aid’ to countries which spend billions of their own money on trying to put people and objects into space.
If common sense was a commodity in politics, then it would be more valuable than gold because everyone would want it, but few would actually know what to do with it.
The NYPD licences companies to sell products with its emblem and livery on, but it works across the pond because in New York the vast majority of decent-minded people support law enforcement personnel and agencies.
Not least, because their mainstream media tends to try not to constantly take the piss out of the police and the life-saving work the police do.
Whereas in this county, you have a situation where the majority of the mainstream media peddles and manufactures stories about how police officers dared to take a break or how they dared to pose in a photo with some tourists.
Not forgetting, of course, their outrageous habit of sharing 30 seconds of video footage of an incident that has probably lasted ten minutes and it just so happens that the footage which they choose to share shows the police having to restrain a violent individual who does not want to comply with lawful demands.
When in reality, anyone with any common sense can see why some sections of the mainstream media are trying to make people believe that the police force is not needed; that they are an ‘annoyance’.
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