There is no special attack on police pay. Wages have been shafted for everyone else other than an elite for more than 30 years. This is clear in GDP figures. The rich and well-paid have been getting vastly better off as the rest of us have had our wages cut in real terms. Police and public sector pay and conditions fared better than the private sector. The police and public sector did not stand up and be counted when this started and, indeed, police enforced much of the deterioration in the Miner’s Strike and other attempts to prevent the collapse of manufacturing. We should note that the anti-union propaganda and similar are never aimed at those groups in our society using ‘guild’ techniques to maintain their earnings like lawyers (including judges), accountants, bankers and the rich. The idea that we have a “meritocracy” is farcical – tossers like Blair used to go around quoting books with the term in the title that were highly critical of the notion as though they were arguments for it.
Cops are not generally well qualified, trained or skilled and the work could be done by any reasonably fit people. In the past police wages were severely cut in times like this and the blue line still did what it was told. There is no special case now and to make one is only likely to further inflame those who are really suffering poverty thanks to the rich and their toady-politicians. None of this is to say .I don’t think cops should be paid less than lawyers, judges and bankers – I value police more than these parasites.
The reason there is no money is that the rich have had it – through investing abroad to take advantage of near slave conditions of employment and tax evasion (it is evasion because they use threats to leave with all their money to prevent fair rates). The only investment in anything real (almost) has been through the public sector or highly subsidised by our taxes – the rich have formed a vast Ponzi scheme to get unrealistic rates of return and have stolen vast sums we needed to invest in meaningful jobs.
Most have not understood the extent and nature of the criminality of the rich – which is as bad as any of the evil poor’s doings – worse when land grabs involve forced evictions and killings. If the reality sinks in, our police are going to be a thin line between a vengeful poor and their masters. This is likely to be done by decimated ranks that will be protecting the bankster-terrorists and their smug political lackeys. They are likely to find themselves between ‘white racists’, ‘disaffected immigrants’ and other factions – and with no political solutions offered because we have no real politics.
We are so dumb as a populace we haven’t spotted that the rich have been keeping more and more of the world’s wealth as debt and deficits rise – this is almost like your neighbour always having potatoes just after your crop has been raided and not making the connection.
There’s some chance this government may re-think on police numbers and pay. As Gadget points out the amounts involved are nothing in comparison with banking thefts. No doubt this would be a red rag to the rest of the public sector bull – but the Tories might risk it under some crime and disorder propaganda. Policing as we’ve known it in the UK would disappear, and cops turn to a semi-military militia.
I won’t be here, having decided to up sticks long ago. The IPCC make a statement later tonight. I expect bullshit – hard to imagine what they could say now they couldn’t have managed yesterday when whatever they didn’t do played some role in making people angry and setting off the angry.