Archive for October 14th, 2007

October 14th, 2007

Pennies from Heaven

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Compensation payments seem to be making a regular appearance at 200weeks so here’s another to add to the collection.

Detective sergeant Gurpal Virdi sued the Met after he was accused of sending race hate emails to colleagues prior to 1998 when he was arrested and subsequently sacked. An employment tribunal found in his favour and he was awarded £240,000 in August 2000 and reinstated by the Met. £90,000 of that was for ‘loss of career’ & ‘injury to feelings’.

In 2005 he was turned down for promotion to inspector. The Met said his application wasn’t up to the required standard, Virdi said he was being victimised & discriminated against because of his previous ‘win’ over the force. He sued again and recently won his case of victimisation although the tribunal rejectied his claim for racial discrimination. He is due to get tens of thousands of pounds in further compensation.

DS Virdi was again turned down for promotion earlier this year and is suing the Met for a third time. Of course, we will never know whether he deserves promotion or not, he may be being victimised or he may be unsuitable for promotion – not everyone deserves it, in my experience, that doesn’t necessarily matter as they do promote some complete bloody plonkers.

So we have someone who is doing the same job he was before, has suffered no injury and been denied promotion, just like hundreds or maybe thousands of other people who haven’t been promoted? Lucky he never had his legs blown off and got brain damage a shis compo would been about half of what he’s had so far, with more to come.

Either the Met is incredibly stupid, or someone knows when they are onto a good thing. The trouble is, with the previously history of the job in general & the Met in particular, how the bloody hell are we able to tell?


Guardian Online story 


October 14th, 2007

Personal Blogging Record

Posted in Blogging by 200

I’ve just realised I’ve made one post every day for a month. Phew!

I have to say it’s an awful lot of work. I’m spending my day wondering what the bloody hell I’m going to talk about. I’ve read more papers in the last few weeks than I have all year up ’til then. But I have to say I’ve enjoyed it.

Part of the reason I wanted to give it a go was to see if I could garner some extra involement from my readers in the form of comments. Most of my entries have comments you could count on the fingers of a half-eaten Kit-kat (or less) so the jury’s still out on that. I also wanted to see if it increased the amount of people visting.

Unfortunately, the stats plug-in I’ve been using for the last 18 months seems to slow the site down. I turned it off a couple of days ago and it appears that maybe the site is now loading more normally. I added a new stats plugin which is supposed to use far less load on the site so it will take me some time to see if readership is up.

Can I just take the opportunity to thank those of you who continue to read my blog (even if most of you are silent). If you’re a new reader, let me know and tell me how you found my blog.

I’m not promising to blog every day from now on, but I have a few ideas for the next few days so I’ll see how it goes.

Oh, and to WhichEndBites – yes you’re right it’s now much less than 200 weeks to go, quite a lot less. I don’t know when you get your resettlement courses but the lunches on ours are very good.