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January 4th, 2008

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Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Sorry to go on about the police pay dispute, but hey, it’s important to me. 

I got sight of the Home Secretary’s Christmas Message this week. It’s doing the rounds like some kind of illicit email. Now that the chief has declined to publish it, the message has gone underground.

Two thirds of chief constables thought that the Xmas message gave a mixed message when seen in the light of Jacqui Spliff’s refusal to agree to a binding agreement. As a public service, I can reveal the content of her message herewith:


It gives me great pleasure to wish everyone in the police service in England and Wales a Happy Christmas and to thank you all for your hard work and professionalism in facing the challenges and changes of the last year.

Every day, officers show hard work and dedication in carrying out their role and I have been immensely impressed with the way the service has dealt with the significant demands that 2007 presented us, such as the terror attacks in London and Glasgow.

The deaths and injuries that have befallen officers this last year, underline the risks you take to protect the public and uphold the security of our communities. Whilst we have come to expect bravery and commitment from our officers, we never take this for granted or underestimate the impact this may have on your families.

As we look forward to 2008, I know I can rely on you, as a service, to continue to meet the challenges you face and embrace the changes we are making to support you in this.

The next few months will be an exciting period for the Police Service. Next month Sir Ronnie Flanagan will publish the final report from his independent review of policing. In spring next year I will publish a Green Paper on policing. This will bring together all the work already underway, provide our formal response to Sir Ronnie’s recommendation and set out a number of proposals across those areas where we are keen to see further progress.

All of this work is vital if we are to provide a police service that continues to respond to the challenges facing our communities. From low level crime and anti social behaviour at the local level, to serious organised crime and terroroism at the national and international level, you face difficult and complex challenges. As we look forward over the coming years, we need to recognise the importance of continuing the good progress we have made on efficiency and productivity in the light of a tougher financial climate.

Working together, we have made real improvements across a full range of policing business and I know that this represents a significant amount of hard work and commitment on your part. Unlike many people, police officers will continue to be on duty, protecting the public, over the Christmas period. The public does snot forget that sacrifices that you make and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of the public. I look forward to continuing to work with you next year.

With very best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year.

Jacqui Smith

Home Secretary

 A heartfelt & well-meaning message or a patronising collection of bullshit…. you decide.