November 20th, 2011

…like a woman scorned

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

The police cannot investigate everything.

There are not enough police officers nor hours in the day to investigate all the crimes reported to us and that doesn’t even touch all the things which aren’t crimes which we are forced to deal with because they are flavour of the day.

There is nothing so vocal as a journalist who doesn’t get her way.

Nabila Ramdani is a freelance journo who today writes in the Observer about her  victimisation by the police who won’t investigate her ‘crime’.

Her complaint is that two tweeters called her a whore on her Twitter feed. She complains that the full force of the law was not brought into effect when she reported the crime comparing the recent cases where footballers have been racially abused and the police have investigated and even made arrests.

Of course, Ms Ramdani has a privileged position in that she can use her position as a journo in a national newspaper to make her complaint public.

Her complaint is symptomatic of society in general and the demand that it is always someone else’s fault and someone else’s responsibility to sort out, usually the police. I can’t count the number of people who have a run in with someone else which amounts to no more than rudeness but expect the police to interview them and ‘take action’ against the rude person. When they are dissatisfied with the professionalism of, say, a security guard at Tesco, the first port of call seems to be the police, rather than Tesco. If they cut someone up on a roundabout and get told that they are a wanker, it is the job of the police to apprehend the other driver.

Whatever happened to ‘sticks and stones’?

So next time you report a burglary and have to wait 2 days, have your Porsche stolen and just get a crime number over the phone or have you wallet pick-pocketed and expect to see an officer, we’re probably dealing with someone who was called a whore on Twitter.

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12 comments

  1. MPS(n)P says:

    I’ve read her rather turgid article and – while agreeing the two blokes who called her a whore are obviously t**t – I’m struggling to find any racial element. Did I miss something?

    She strikes me as the type of person who:

    a)Considers any form of dissent or abuse levelled at a member of a minority group automatically racist

    b)On any other day would kick up a massive fuss if her friend’s son/husband/daughter/dog was arrested and charged for twitter abuse, citing the waste of police time/excessive paperwork/they might not have sent the message.

    November 21st, 2011 at 00:53

  2. Nigel Yates says:

    Strange piece, and even stranger comment (from MPSnP) You both sound very bitter and world weary. The whole point of the extremely interesting and well written article by Ms Ramdani (have you seen the overwhelmingly positive reaction across social networking sites??) is that police investigate hateful twitters against footballers and celebrities, but ignore ordinary members of the public. That’s fair comment. No-one should have to put up with hate crimes. You, MPSP strike me as the kind of person who is:
    a/ intolerant of people, and esp woman who object to being called whores,
    b/ so ‘busy’ that you have time to express your frustration on blogs like this.

    November 21st, 2011 at 01:16

  3. Brontosaurus says:

    Nigel Yates – what a wanker! Investigate that and you will find it is true.

    November 21st, 2011 at 01:32

  4. 200 says:

    Nigel,

    whether it is extremely interesting is down to the beholder, if you’re extremely interested in it that’s great. As to whether it is well written, that is completely irrelevant. I’m sure I might be able to write a well written piece on the inside of my cat’s arse, doesn’t make it any more valid than a piece written by someone without the pretentiousnesses of a typical journo.

    As to the comparison with the footballers, the ‘do something for me because you did it for someone else’ is not always a strong approach or reason to acquiesce to a demand.

    I don’t think it is acceptable to call someone a whore, or a twat, or an idiot, or an old bag, without any rhyme or reason, the difference is I don’t think it is the job of the police to correct such rudeness.

    I quite agree that there is an anomaly between people who have access to the law and people who don’t based on fame and fortune, but don’t think that a professional journalist with access to a national media outlet is an ‘ordinary’ person.

    I may be very bitter and world weary, it’s the result of 32 years of dealing with shite, of having to spend time dealing with people and incidents which have no business of being anywhere near enforcement of the law whilst having to let down countless numbers of people who really do deserve a proper service from their police for reasons far more important than being called a whore on twitter.

    November 21st, 2011 at 02:04

  5. MPS(n)P says:

    @Nigel

    Bitter and world-weary? I imagine that’s the result of 15 years of public service in ‘the Queen’s cloth’ of various colours. I’m not so much world-weary as ‘misleading-Guardian-comment-section-articles-on-the-police-weary’.

    You’ll note my very first line describes the men abusing her as ‘twats’.

    You’ll then notice that I question why she is squealing ‘racism’ and ‘hate crimeeeeeeee!’ when she provides no evidence of any racism – except that she is not a white cockney geezer called Dave.

    As for being ‘busy’ – well, I’m on my first annual leave since March (I’ve tried to book it EVERY MONTH since then but have been refused) so I’d like to think I was entitled to have a quick squint at the internetz every now and then.

    Bully for you if you enjoyed the article – shame on you if you couldn’t spot her hyperbole and bias.

    November 21st, 2011 at 03:32

  6. jaded says:

    I have just read her whiny piece. I wonder if she will need counselling?
    The last time I dealt with “sticks and stones” over a bit of bad driving at a roundabout where both drivers were alleging the other one had called him names I said to both “you either both get nicked or you both grow up.I am going to sit in my car until you decide”.They both drove away.The Special I was with looked shocked and said “can you do that?”.I said ” I just did”.

    November 21st, 2011 at 08:42

  7. Ben says:

    I agree with 200. The police cannot investigate everything they have to prioritise. If she doesn’t agree with their decision that is what a private prosecution or civil action is for.

    The police shouldn’t be going anywhere near anything this trivial unless there is a risk it would spill over into a breach of the peace.

    @jaded: Nice work! That’s the sort of policing the public really want. (I should know I am one!)

    November 21st, 2011 at 12:58

  8. Plodnomore says:

    Without reading the article – I usually fall asleep when trying to read the Observer – I can only suggest that the offence appears to be libel which is a civil offence. On the other hand, the lady in question could always put ‘under consideration’ filter on her tweet page/account/whatever they call them so that the trolls can not get their rocks off by seeing their puerile comments in print. On the other hand, could they be right? Of course not!

    November 21st, 2011 at 16:47

  9. Paul says:

    Yet persecuting someone for a joke (Robin Hood Airport) seems to make all the resources needed become available.

    Whilst I agree with the thrust of the post, you cannot have it both ways.

    November 21st, 2011 at 19:22

  10. 200 says:

    Paul,

    that assumes that you want it both ways – many people don’t.

    November 21st, 2011 at 20:55

  11. Whinger says:

    Totally agree with 200 here!

    But if she complained to bosses bet it would be investigated to the hilt!

    November 21st, 2011 at 21:04

  12. Benedict White says:

    If you want to see what she is actually complaining about it’s on my blog, and it’s me that she is complaining about. The link in my name is to my blog.

    November 24th, 2011 at 16:08

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