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 Ã‚Â£25,000-Ã‚Â£30,000 a year as an adviser to Partnership Group Holdings Limited, giving strategic business advice.
He also gets Ã‚Â£25,000-Ã‚Â£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 Ã‚Â£15,000-Ã‚Â£20,000 a year as an adviser on economic affairs to Lotus Asset Management.
Now where did I put that black kettle?