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.

Screws News

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/10/whistleblowers-rupert-murdoch-nhs-nick-cohen

I tend to like people who tell the truth.  Very few can hack its presence though, which may be why we have so much schmaltz in film, television and ‘literature’.  We don’t want to live in interesting times and we show little sign of wanting to change the human condition.  My guess is this condition is that of the pack animal.  Our public argument is constrained to the noises of such.

One of the great organs of schmaltz has just been slain, ostensibly by its owner.  The News of the Screws may be interesting to historians as evidence of the height of our dumb society.  Its editor turned down the story on Parliamentary expenses sleaze because there wasn’t enough ‘sex’ in it.  If only the duck house had been a little bigger and found to have a bed in it!  The ‘Screws News’ will be back, cheaper to produce, and with the same old stories.

What we won’t get is any form of intelligent journalism.  Criticism is more or less killed off in our society through ejukation and the ruling “Politburo”.  This term evokes Sino-Soviet experiment madness, the Gulags and such matters as 45 million deaths in the ‘Great Leap Forward’.  It needs this tinge, though I feel it combines ‘politesse’ and ‘bureaucracy’ rather well.  My take on Politburo is that which constrains what we can say and how we can say it.  Unlike those of the Sino-Soviet experiment, our Politburo is hidden as a “secret society”.  The model I have in mind here is that of the ‘stilted Devils’ of west Africa and its focus on conjuring up power and Juju.

The first issue in free speech is probably the feeling that one wastes one’s breath.  The second that the content of what one wants to say will merely establish the speaker as a target in the pack.  The third that one wants to speak of a ‘different world’ that the rest of the pack does not want to acknowledge, making the speaker an ‘alien’.  The fourth is the weight of having to protect one’s own economy.  The fifth that of bring down power, almost as conjuring the Devil or the angry, spiteful alpha on the argument.  Somewhere in this, one also knows the listeners are more interested in their versions of the ‘Screws News’.  This can be anything from the actual ‘Screws News’, through detective novels, the Royal Family and on to counting Angels on pin-heads.

As I write, BBC News is running pap coverage of our Royal Family in Canada.  Kate is cute and this coverage ‘BBC Screws News’.  Murdoch’s own news is actually discussing something closer to the criticism of Newscorp.  Touched on here is that Murdoch is still responsible for media diversity by killing off the print unions.  This, of course, begs the big questions on how the ‘Politburo’ rakes away our ‘cash’ as surely as any union, only in spades.  This doesn’t make union bargaining right, but why the focus on that and not the massive rents we pay to doctors, lawyers, senior managers, banksters, sport tars and other celebrities and all the tollbooths rich interests are erecting on our public services.

The News of the World is over, but fear not – the gossip-wanking will resume normal service in the Sexy Sun on Sunday. The Groaniad will try to match the Telegraph’s ‘drip-drip’ tactics on MPs’ expenses on this story, for this is its version of Screws News.

In the meantime, organised crime has re-established itself in our leadership in ways we dare not speak of.  This is what Cohen would be writing about if he had balls.  Like News Screws, he merely addresses an audience he thinks will ‘pay’.  So did the Foucault he lauds (now he was a Screws News story!) on speaking truth to power.  Strangely in all this news scew, we are being fucked over and it’s all as serious as the circumstances that took Hitler from 4% to 40% of the German vote in a few years.

One cannot address the NuPolitburo directly.  It’s power is not in few hands, but translated into govern-mentality amongst the pack.  These ‘alphas’ can rely on ordinary members to rip apart or shun anyone ‘truth-telling’.  The story Nick Davis has opened on our dirty press and its dirty political links and techniques merely feeds titillation.  Would only the redhead in the middle turn ‘happy hooker’ and we’d all be satisfied!  Especially if one of her clients turns out to be the cop who didn’t investigate because at his high rank one doesn’t involve oneself in ‘detail’.  Yet another chief executive ‘worth his salt’ knowing nothing when caught out without the protection of his own ‘performance management accountants’.

Around the world there is a need to break the NuPolitburo.  We need the direct accounts and can nowhere trust we get them.  China is in as bi a mess as the rest of us and for similar reasons.  No one can get this story into the news in the way that the expense scandal and phone hacking become ‘fashion’.

The current reality is a combination of Emperor’s New Clothes and the Jabberwock.  The Banksters have created a financial blackhole and spread the story for financial instruments only they can manipulate and of the great Devil (Jabberwock) that will consume us if we give up on them.  The financial instruments (CDOs etc.) are the application of science jargon in the same manner as clown rip-offs like ‘quantum jumping’ to personal development (long known as Ponzi schemes) and the Jabberwock plays on our fears of not being able to cope ourselves.  These are secret society routines as surely as any stilted Devils.  The madness involved is the same as in any culture in denial of impending ecocide.  The instrument of torture is to shun the very truth we need and to starve anyone promoting it of more or less everything – for to make the claim is the profanity that we are all morally corrupt and our religion once again just a pack of lies.  The real claim concerns being able to do much better and even have something approaching real democracy.