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Paul Routledge and the truth – never the twain shall meet

January 27, 2008

Either Mr Routledge is extremely ill-informed, or he is being deliberately provocative? Either way, it’s a classic example of a journalist who won’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

I’ve had enough of police whining

Wednesday was Burglars’ Holiday, courtesy of the massed ranks of police officers who took the day off to invade Westminster.

More than 20,000 coppers wearing silly white baseball caps deserted the thick blue line to protest about being given a pay rise.

I wonder who was protecting us while they exercised their unlawful right to hold a one-day strike in the capital. Their law-abiding mates, I suppose.

This work stoppage must have been illegal because it can’t be true that every one of the 25,000 protesters took a legitimate day off.

And they are forbidden by statute to strike. The Manchester force alone sent 950 officers to London. Yet police chiefs are always moaning they are undermanned.

The opposite is plainly true. I suppose the protesters will make up any lost dosh in overtime. The average copper makes £2,900 a year that way, at an annual cost to the nation of £440million.

That’s on top of their salaries, which go up by around a thousand quid every year, on top of the 2.5 per cent rise that upset them so much. There comes a point when we have to say “enough is enough”, and they should calm down and accept they cannot have everything they want.

That point has now been reached. Most workers would envy the policeman’s salary, his fat, index-linked pension, his early retirement and his generous sick pay and his immunity from prosecution when he shoots dead a mildly inebriated Scotsman for the crime of carrying a chair leg in a public place.

The same police who demand the right to lock up people for 42 days without charge, and possibly without even saying what they are supposed to have done. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the politician who says cops can’t have their cash, is still willing to believe police chiefs need SIX WEEKS to interview suspects.

This business of unelected police bosses telling the elected government what its policies should be has to stop. And the place to stop it is the House of Commons, where MPs are being asked – no, told – to back new detention laws.

Aside from the merits of the case, it’s good for governments to be defeated occasionally. Taking ministers down a peg or two does wonders for their egos. But this time it would be sound policy too.

Tony Blair tried to keep suspects detained for 90 days, and had to settle for 28. MPs should keep it at that – if only to put the impertinent police in their place.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. jerym permalink
    January 27, 2008 19:54

    Yes,why did they have to wear white prat hats?I just cant take seriously anyone with one of these bloody things stuck on their heads.

  2. January 27, 2008 20:46

    What an idiot. He obviously hasn’t checked the numbers for how many coppers there are lately… or paid any attention whatsoever to what any people on the police side of the argument have been saying.

    Still, he writes for the Mirror, what do you expect? The only use for that rag is as kindling, and even then it’s nothing you couldn’t do with some sawdust.

  3. blueknight permalink
    January 28, 2008 01:00

    A bit of each. He is a dyed in the wool 1970’s style Police hating leftie. Last time his column contained half truths and lies about motorcyclists, Which explains the following extract-

    Mirror man’s pop at bikers
    By Visordown News
    Paul Routledge proves he doesn’t know his arse from his elbow

    MIRROR COLUMNIST Paul Routledge, the newspaper world’s cross between Victor Meldrew and Fiona Phillips, has taken a pop at motorcyclists in his never-ending need to fill column inches…

    I was going to call him a twat and leave it that BUT on second thoughts, he seems to have committed libel so maybe The Police Fed should ask for an apology…..

  4. dickiebo permalink
    January 28, 2008 13:36

    The trouble is, people read this s—t and believe it.
    As an ex-job, I really want to criticise policing matters that I don’t agree with, but am held back because I don’t want to be labelled as one of these idiots who criticise for ‘political’ or ‘private’ reasons. I toyed with the idea of awarding Routledge a Dickiebo’s Ace Wally award!

  5. blueknight permalink
    January 28, 2008 21:21

    I am also an ‘ex’. I think that Home Office targets, speed cameras, political correctness and easy detections. have ruined Policing. I would guess that most serving Officers are as unhappy with the situation as the public. The public want the Police on the street dealing with the yobs, but that has to be squared with the amount of time it takes to deal with a prisoner in custody if they ever arrest anyone. Dealing with a pair of shoplifters would take you off the street for a whole shift.
    The Police need a champion to sort out the red tape and bureaucracy. Someone who has the experience and gravitas, but is not a government ‘yes man’

  6. January 29, 2008 19:42

    Hello there,

    I would like to interview you (telephone would be best) for a research paper I want to write on work blogs.

    I am interested in the meaning and motives for blogging about work, with particular emphasis on people who work for the public sector.

    Please let me know if you could help me out or whether you would like some more details.

    Many thanks.


    PS it’s totally anonymous

  7. January 29, 2008 22:43

    Hi James

    Thanks for your interest in the blog.

    I think you’ll struggle to find any officer prepared to risk exposure in any form. The blog is the medium of choice as it offers anonymity to those who choose it (like me).

    If you wish to e-mail me with your questions, I’m happy to answer, but I won’t be doing telephone interviews.


  8. January 30, 2008 00:55

    Wow, what an idiot! He doesn’t get the idea that it would have been nearer 140-bloody-000 people if we didn’t, most of us, have shifts to go on. I was at work that morning, but very much there in spirit.

  9. PC Common Sense permalink
    January 30, 2008 10:29

    He’s in the minority. Oh and also he’s a complete TW*T!!

  10. January 30, 2008 19:41

    He certainly pressed all of my buttons!! and I have made a complaint to the press complaints commission.
    The philosophy of policing in one sentence!!

  11. areasearchnegative permalink
    January 31, 2008 21:51

    .could it be he’s just a twat ?

  12. January 31, 2008 22:11


    Could be you’re right – I think that’s the general consensus.

  13. Peter permalink
    February 13, 2008 14:41

    Not there myself. Feel that police officers would be well served by showing their hand and protesting over pay at the Labour Party Confernece in Birmingham later this month. Suspect the Home Sec will be there.

  14. Peter permalink
    February 13, 2008 14:42


  15. Ray permalink
    September 16, 2008 18:18

    What a twat excuse my language but after reading his comments it makes me furious, like most comments made by people like him who have not done any homework or research before they open their big mouths, does he not know that officers get rest days and annul leave, in the force I serve if we have more that two officers off at one time then leave will NOT be granted.
    He is very quick to talk about strikes and the thin blue line, yes I agree sometimes we are very thin on the ground but I personally would not leave my colleagues understaffed, I have been in the police for 8 years and never had a day off sick I am always in the police station at least 45 minutes before my duties start and have attended emergencies before I start my shift and always stay at least 30 minutes, (30 minutes after duty ends you don’t get paid), so dont tell me that I cannot have a day off as annual leave to spend my time and at my cost to do something that I feel passionate about.
    He says that most people would enjoy a police salary, when was the last time he placed his life on the line to protect members of the public, when was the last time he went to a male who had been smoking cannabis all day and was suffering from paranoia, I was single crewed and attended an address where a report of a male stabbing himself through the heart, when I arrived the at the scene the male tried to hit me over the head with a baseball bat, I backed off and called back up, in the meantime he tried to jump out of a 1st floor window as he was pulled back by his sister he smashed the window, the male then ran downstairs and with a piece of glass in his hand shouting that he was going to stab me in the neck, he was disarmed , he then ran off I gave chase and tackled him into a bush, he then picked up a bottle and tried to hit me over the head, again he was disarmed and taken to the ground I held on for dear life until help arrived, all this for less that £30,000 per annum. Yes I can see people are queuing up.

    Police officers work very hard, working long hours, being assaulted abused, all for less than £30.000 we obviously don’t do it for the money we do it because we care and people like him who write crap like this makes me sick, I bet if he his child or family member gets assaulted the first people he will call will be the police

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