Who does Theresa May think she’s trying to fool?
We’ve already heard that Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire police are considering turning over their 999 lines to be run by the private firm G4S – a potentially catastrophic mistake, considering that firm’s history of bungling in the name of profit.
Now – according to Vox Political‘s sources, it seems police services are preparing to hand over power to act as members of the police to G4S and companies like it – “when the time is appropriate”.
Policing for profit.
That is the “quiet revolution” towards which Mrs May has been working for the past five years.
We all know who will lose – ordinary people like you and This Writer, who rely on the police to keep law and order, rather than to look after whoever can pay the most.
Who stands to profit?
The home secretary has warned the police and immigration services that there “is no escaping” the fact that the next round of Home Office spending cuts will mean “fewer people, fewer buildings and less room for error”.
But Theresa May also made clear in a speech in London that the need to find deep Treasury reductions would not slow the pace of “fundamental, urgent and radical reform” across her department, including continuing “the quiet revolution” in policing she has overseen over the past five years.
The Home Office is an unprotected department in the chancellor’s spending review due to be announced in two weeks. Chief constables have warned that further cuts of a minimum of 25% will involve “fundamental” change in the nature of British policing and higher reductions will threaten the future viability of some forces.
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