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.
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“We have protected police budgets, and we’re putting more money into counter-terrorism policing.”
At a time of budget cuts, mounting pressure, and waning deference to authority, officers deserve better than headlines like these.
If the Government is serious about having this country be a ‘moral leader’, it must be more transparent about dealings which may compromise our values.
There will always be an element of policing that involves helping those in distress or crisis. But our officers are no substitute for proper NHS services.
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Allowing police to automatically cross-reference crimes against tag locations would improve public safety.
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Corbyn has called for May’s resignation in the aftermath of Saturday’s attacks, but his own plans spell out no additional funding for counter-terrorism.
“The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has said that the Met is well resourced, and they are, and that they have very powerful counter-terrorism capabilities, and they do.”
The Home Secretary was speaking at the Police Federation conference.
Her attempted policy announcement was PR fluff, based on a failure to understand the practicalities of law and order.
Ministers were concerned that the Nationalists’ version granted pardons for acts which are still crimes.