July 14th, 2011

A Bang or a Whimper?

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I don’t know about you but I never heard about the police day of action in London this week.

On Wednesday, 2,000 officers gathered for a rally to protest about the government cuts in police funding. I’d have thought it was a prime opportunity for some massive publicity but appears to have attracted a mere 10% of the numbers that protested a couple of years ago when the Home Secretary refused to backdate an agreed pay rise.

Calls were made for the government to reverse its decision on the 20% target cuts for policing, after all, the government does seem to have a regular habit of announcing changes and then deciding against it when they realised their plans weren’t really investigated much more than a few notes on the back of a fag packet on the terrace bar at Westminster. (health review, 50% prison discount, sale of the forests, etc).

It’s a shame the event wasn’t more widely advertised. I know lots of people from my force went last time, I’ve not heard of anyone going this week.

What a shame.

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  1. Bezzer says:

    According to my email this was an deliberate number of people and organised lobbying of individual MP’s. Not a “Rally” against the cuts. That might be coming again soon!

    July 14th, 2011 at 21:30

  2. baz says:

    Your police union in the UK would appear to be hopeless.

    July 15th, 2011 at 03:17

  3. Hibbo says:

    It’s called “Great British Apathy” Baz.

    July 15th, 2011 at 12:11

  4. Stillablackrat says:

    I hadn’t heard about this until it was mentioned (post incident) on Gadget’s blog.

    Maybe Bezzer is correct, and 2000 cops were all they wanted. If not, the Fed should have been shouting from the rooftops for bods to attend. I’d have gone.

    July 15th, 2011 at 15:26

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