We can expect to see police statistics shortly that confirm public confidence in their forces’ activities. There is no reason to expect otherwise, in which the country believes in vast majority that official statistics are bent. ‘Statistics’ has Greek origin, meaning ‘numbers of the State’. There is little connection, though clearly a pretence of one, with the scientific, largely arithmetic methodology of statistical mechanics, or even in the debatable use of the term in survey research. The history of ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ is as old as the practice, even if attributed to Mark Twain. I have great sympathy with and admiration for the vast majority of British police officers, even their wholly over-paid senior managers. Many of the problems laid at their door are really to do with the collapse of political honesty and the society of hope into which I was regularly told I was born into as I grew up. We can brand the problem as ‘Nulabour’ these days. Without giving that any escape from responsibility, I would track the issues back much further. Nulabour is a running sore in our daily lives and needs to be disposed off. What we don’t want is simply to see new faces in the business-as-usual our votes are likely to bring.
There is already at least one example on public confidence indicating we will only get cover-up. This can be seen on the website of the IPCC (Incompetent Poodles of Constabulary Corruption – they do not deserve the tag ‘independent’) and in the public pronouncements of it chief officer and transcripts of his public interviews, all of which stand in defiance of proper scrutiny. This is the line we can expect the target-related pay of police senior managers to follow. It has no academic or scientific validity, though will be used in a manner pretending such credibility. There will be three main steps:
1. Pick on a few ‘success stories’ and claim they are the general case.
2. Poll the general population broadly unaffected by your organisation’s activities or those it is supposed to stop.
3. Create a ‘suppression culture’ to prevent whistle-blowing.
More later – any comments welcome at this stage.