Met Police Arrest Woman To Keep Her Quiet

Brookes – the red hair at the centre of the trivial phone hacking scandal threatening to rid us of the Dirty Digger – has been nicked by appointment ahead of her appearance in front of the select committee.  She will now plead the 5th on Tuesday, sparing the blushes of the rotten core of duck eggs in charge of the Met.  Rather than being part of an enquiry that should already be conducted by an outside force, this ‘arrest’ looks more an opportunity to divert attention from smug Paul’s expensive collonic irrigation and an example of the common police practice of making sure everyone tells the same lies in evidence.

In the background to this we are being told that smug Paul and the bunch of dubious hospitality accepters he has gathered around himself are good cops and almost the only thing between us and Britain being taken over by the Taliban.  Much academic analysis has been done on the bull that comes out when cops are in trouble and the media misses it all.

We’re being had.  First of all, bimbos come in both sexes, but I’d name Brookes, Stephenson, Yates and the coverage as bimbo.  I fear for our safety with people like this in charge.  But then think of Keith Vaz and the bunch around him in committee.  Some odd jerk-bimbo reporter on Sky News is now claiming Broioke’s untimely arrest is cock-up rather than conspiracy.  The whole thing is conspiracy – a conspiracy of how we end up with a bunch of cock-ups running our politics and media.

These aren’t outstanding people, other than as rogues.  Brown was supposed to be incredibly apt at economics – but he’s the jerk who sold off our gold reserves just as China and India had started secretly buying up the stuff.  Brookes turned down the Parliamentary expenses leak. Vaz had to pay money back and is now doing the holier than thou.  Cameron and Brown were so bad Clegg looked better than them.  None of the cops was able to get the necessary work done on the phone hacking or bring about a ‘Ghost Squad’ investigation to nail the bent cops involved and bottom the Morgan murder and protect us from Rees and serious perversions of the course of justice.  What are any of these turkeys doing in office?

My working hypothesis is that ‘office’ is the problem.  It doesn’t attract the best and has means to ruin anyone holding it.  My MP is a grade one tosser and in the small sample I’ve been able to contact of people who needed help from their MP, nearly 80% concur.  In literature, almost all senior cops are presented as management turds like Mullet (Frost), but there is always a Dirty Harry getting the job done.  The truth is much worse than this – no Frost, no Dirty Harry but plenty of ‘detectives’ cuffing, TICing, getting nods and colluding with CPS on disclosure.  Trying to do things right, rather than just what is right in the bent culture, police, press, banks or politics is rarely much of a policy for even those ‘satisfied’ with low career grade.  We laud managers as ‘risk takers’ – yet tell the difference between a risk-taker and a moron.

The big risk would be getting rid of all the PR, HR and damage limitation bastards – but no manager does this.  Even the PM has now been found to have hired a scuzz – and he isn’t the first.  The problem is that spin is a wide institution – detectives and the CPS are spinning cases, and the poor sod having her life destroyed by anti-social crime is subject to spin from the cop writing her life off in ‘evil poor’ spin just as the bosses claim to have excellent partnership relations and has to watch Louise Casey pretending to care (or some other well paid drone).

A common academic model of police culture is more or less of cops who band together to hate the public (MOPs) and supervision by Mullets and end up in a strategy of keeping their heads low (doing as little as possible) or identifying a few jobs that are safe they can present to Mullet to gain her grace and favour.  All the cops in the Fiona Pilkington affair fit one or other side of this model.  They should all have been sacked – none of them had been able to stand up and get anything done.  These scum are ‘Gadget’s finest’, though of course she presents them as ‘heroes’.  This is the spin and a shame as the ‘evil poor’ and what they get away with needs outing for what it is – the kind of stuff that drove Fiona Pilkington to kill herself and her child and the ‘heroes’ not only failed to prevent but made worse.  The IPCC report never gets near the culture or the extent of the victimisation and totally fails to link the case to many more around the country.

Where is the independent enquiry into cops taking money from News International and scuzz journalism generally?  You’d think they’d want to blazen this across the force to warn people off and find some scapegoats – is it so serious the Met are more interested in hiding it all.  We need our cops serving the Pilkington families of our country, not feeding sleaze to crap newspapers or swanning about in Gold commands that get innocent Brazilians shot 9 times after a decent cop had hold of them, or being wined, dined and irrigated by sleazy money – not my first choice for action against terrorism or an ‘Untouchables’ image (though the Ness we know is a lie).

The latest organisation I’ve noticed puffing itself up with dubious research and performance management is the IPCC.  All this happened on their watch and they seem to have been entirely ignorant.  This is an organisation, along with ACPO and PSDs across all forces, that should be abolished – they don’t work.  The resources could go into a publicly accountable body to actually progress complaints on service performance, capable of of investigating performance from a wider perspective than individual complaints.

Most of the people who get caught out in this current mess will think themselves hard done by – believing they were just doing what needs doing in a corrupt culture around them.  Sadly, I think this is about all we will get, and given so many buy the ScrewsNews equivalents, all we deserve.

 

 

False accounting is our problem

The media is carried away with the ScrewsNews scandal.  I’m well past having had enough.  The stories emerging are not very significant.  The banks continue not to do anything like full disclosure on much more important issues.  Prescott is moaning on about morality and responsible journalism as I write and describing Murdoch as a ‘gangster’ under Parliamentary privilege.  Dickiebo has an interesting summary of ‘Honest Keith Vaz’ who is chairing one of the important committees.

The problem, broadly, is that we aren’t interested in real news and want to consume soap opera, whether in tedious television productions or Fox News.  Meanwhile we live in a kleptocracy that the press doesn’t penetrate – and we need it to be able to and for society to show interest.

For all the revelations in this story it’s really only worth a tenth of the focus on it.  We put relatively minor phone hacking, some clown Met policing and a ‘boy’s club’ well ahead of financial scandal that has depressed wages for 30 years and now leaves us holding the baby, and probably is leading us to war.

What all the stories have in common is false accounting.  The answer, and one we have technology for, is greater transparency and to understand this has nothing to do with our demand for salacious soap and private lives.  Much that should be public is not and purposely hidden.  Milly Dowler’s father was subject to ludicrous court disclosure, yet all kinds of ‘Swiss’ banks hide money that should be subject to taxation and this is the tip of the warped iceberg of transactional banking that steals capital based on work and the ground from under tenant farmers’ feet.

The false accounting is manifold – our own lives as ‘free people’ are a lie and the false accounting can only take place on the basis of claims to personal integrity or even, as with Blair, appeals to God.

Met, Press and NoPolitics All Dire – But Public Interest Fades

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/12/us-newscorp-detective-idUSTRE76B1BD20110712    (contributed by Colin)

If News International lied to cops in the ‘investigations’ into hacking crime, where are the arrests and charges of those responsible?  Or is this an investigation the Met can’t resource – or would rather not look into because it might remove a convenient excuse for its own failings and expose more about them?  Just like the last one …

11,000 bits of paper evidence is not a massive amount.  Less than a week with only 2 working on it would be enough to sample it pretty rigorously.  In the Morgan case, 750,000 bits of evidence were collected, but presumably not digitised and sorted into levels of disclosure.  The case collapses because material cannot be disclosed to the defence.  Decent detectives can and do do better than this these days.

I got the impression watching the ‘evidence’ given to some Parliamentary duck-eggs that actually doing detective work is far too difficult, much as a lot of decent coppering.  I can’t say I’d have been happy busting my chops over phone hacking either.  What we need to know is how much time this enquiry really needed in the first place and we have been given nothing to work on.  The duck-eggs needed to get some of the leg-people in and have Ms Akers tell them how she would have done the original work if given to her.

The whole mess looks like it may disintegrate into a series of civil proceedings and pay-offs as in the link above.

The public interest is in a cleaner press empowered to investigate more strongly than before as a ‘fourth estate’, a more sensible legal system and so on.  In fact, it looks as though the whole shebang is now caught up in compensation claims, with plenty of time being given to shred and collude on stories in the Met and elsewhere.  Plus revenge on the Dirty Digger.  Brown now seems to be muddying the waters with a sob story about as genuine as his emotions.

And why does anyone think a judge-led enquiry will help after the farces on Iraq, no inquest on Dr. Kelly or 20 years in clearing two decent pilots flying helicopters known to be wonky?