January 16th, 2009

Standards of a double nature

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Oh dear, the conservatives, who are likely to be the next government, aren’t making themselves fans among some police officers this week, well, one conservative in particular. Step forward one David Ruffley who happens to be the shadow police spokesman.

He is annoyed that some police officers have business interests or second jobs. And has demanded a ban on officers earning income from anyone but the government. He must be annoyed that the police can actually earn more than the government decree.

Some of the jobs highlighted in the news reports this week include letting property, building, driving, lecturing & sports coaching. Rather than working every hour of their rest days & time off, what this means in an awful lot of cases is earning a few quid extra. I had a mate who used to build computers for friends. He probably did no more than twenty to thirty a year, hardly a serious risk to PC World or Dell. Another one delivered the occasional car for a mate in the motor trade. They probably make less than a couple of thousand a year, and, by the way, have to register their business interest with the chief constable, who must satisfy himself that such an interest is not in conflict with the role of a constable.

Now Mr Ruffley, on the other hand, is paid a pretty reasonable wage & outrageous allowances to be a full-time MP, one of the most important roles you might think of, possibly. Yet he manages to earn £25,000-£30,000 a year as an adviser to Partnership Group Holdings Limited, giving strategic business advice.

He also gets £25,000-£30,000 a year as an adviser to Dentons Pension Management Ltd, giving general strategic business advice. Clearly, two extra jobs over & above his MP’s role is not enough because he also gets £15,000-£20,000 a year as an adviser on economic affairs to Lotus Asset Management.

Now where did I put that black kettle?

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10 comments

  1. officer dibble says:

    Point well made!

    January 17th, 2009 at 03:11

  2. Plodnomore says:

    It only goes to show that we really do have the best load of Politicians that money can buy!

    January 17th, 2009 at 12:59

  3. R/T says:

    The thing is that he doesn’t see any irony at all in his comments! Mindblowing

    January 17th, 2009 at 17:22

  4. bill says:

    Mr. Ruffley knows best, and it’s for your own good after all.

    Wonder how he stands on the subject of Special constables, hmmm.

    January 17th, 2009 at 17:33

  5. marc says:

    I tried emailing him at info@tellDavidRuffley.com but, surprise, surprise, it wasn’t delivered!
    Perhaps someone else will have better luck.
    He is MP for Bury St Edmunds so if you live there, go to
    theyworkforyou.com and try emailing him then. Good luck.

    January 17th, 2009 at 17:43

  6. Blueknight says:

    I was paired up with a Special one evening. In the course of the conversation, she said she worked at the local college teaching computing.
    She was presentable, intelligent and had all the right ‘Police’ qualities. So I asked the obvious question , ‘Have you thought about joining the job full time’? ‘Yes’, she replied, ‘I would love to join up, the only problem is that I could not afford to do it.’
    Now ask the question, why do Police Officers want a second job?

    January 17th, 2009 at 18:51

  7. Tony F says:

    Well, I think that sums up all politicians. None of them live in the world the rest of us inhabit.

    January 17th, 2009 at 19:46

  8. MarkUK says:

    I’ve sent an email to the Hon (don’t laugh) Mr Ruffley. We’ll see if it gets delivered. I’m not expecting a reply. (If he doesn’t realise that it’s a wind-up, he’s thick as well as a hypoctite.)

    The text was:

    Dear Mr Ruffley,

    I am very interested in your widely reported comments about police officers not being permitted to have other paid employment. Not only do we need our police officers to be bright eyed and bushy tailed when on duty (and not having spent most of the previous evening as a doorman or suchlike) but there could also be a conflict of interest. Imagine a police officer having to raid a pub where he’d been serving beer the previous night.

    I believe your thinking should be extended to other public servants. We already have some safeguards for local councillors; they are not allowed to work for the council on which they sit. It would be seen as unethical for a teacher to tutor privately a pupil who is in their class at school.

    Perhaps you would also agree that those elected to our premier law-making body, Members of Parliament, should not have similar paid employment outside the House? I am sure you do not have any such interests yourself, as this would open you to a charge of hypocrisy, and I am sure you would not wish to be branded a hypocrite.

    Keep up the honest work,

    January 17th, 2009 at 22:21

  9. 200 says:

    MarkUK,

    that’s excellent, do let us know if you get a reply!

    January 17th, 2009 at 22:27

  10. Tony F says:

    MarkUK, Excellent! I bet you don’t get a proper reply.

    January 18th, 2009 at 20:25

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