Conservative values are not well-served by leaving a market to criminals. Changing technology and drug strength mean this approach is becoming ever more harmful.
The appointment of a new chief constable who was criticised over his investigation into Edward Heath is seen as the latest saga to afflict a “broken force”.
It is a serious issue – but by forever expanding the definition to include anyone who perceives that they have been insulted for any reason ultimately undermines our ability to address the most serious cases.
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“This is a Government that is actually protecting police budgets,” the Prime Minister insisted, while the Labour leader alleged the opposite.
We nicknamed our Community Safety Partnership Hub the Al Capone Group – remembering that notorious gangster was actually sent to prison for tax evasion.
Even had he been found completely guilty of all allegations, it still wouldn’t be acceptable for the police in misuse their powers in this way.
This weakening of local accountability makes it all the more important for Conservatives to offer voters a clear alternative.
Cleethorpes was always a bustling seaside town – but continuous mismanagement means it is in real danger of losing its great reputation.
Improving the situation means not only holding the police to greater account, but behaving more responsibly ourselves.
“Damian was my Parliamentary neighbour for many years – he’s denied it, I believe him.”
From the original raid through to the attempt by former officers to bring down a Government minister on moralising grounds, this is an unedifying picture.
Calling for more money and doing nothing different, as others in the public sector often do, is not an option. We as PCCs will continue our reforming approach.
May sounded perkier than she has for months.
We should also be aware of any risks to privacy or individual freedom, but in Kent the technology is working well.