November 20th, 2011

…like a woman scorned

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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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