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Police officer guarding Sarah Everard’s body ‘sent vile message’. We need to realise that this is now the norm

Police: we’re learning that the behaviour of our supposedly upstanding law guardians is actually vile.

It is time the people of Britain accepted that contempt is the best we can expect from police officers, whether we are alive or dead.

Only last year, two policemen caused a scandal when it was revealed that they had taken selfies of themselves with the bodies of two murdered women and shared them on WhatsApp.

The usual platitudes about “learning the lessons” were bandied about amidst the furore but it is clear that no lessons were learned at all, because –

and let’s bear in mind that this is amid a huge scandal over allegations that a policeman kidnapped and murdered Sarah Everard, and policemen brutally attacked women who were trying to hold a peaceful vigil for her –

A Metropolitan Police officer guarding the scene where Sarah Everard’s body was found has allegedly shared an “inappropriate” message about her death with colleagues on WhatsApp.

It is believed the “inappropriate graphic” contained offensive comments about her death.

The graphic does not contain photographic images, no images of Sarah, nor any other material obtained from or related to the investigation into Sarah’s murder, the Met confirmed.

Sarah’s family have been made aware of the incident.

“Made aware”? When will they receive the grovelling apology they deserve?

My bet is that they will never receive any recompense from the Met or the Home Secretary who issues the orders – Priti Patel.

It seems clear that she expects citizens of the UK to buckle down and accept that, since December 2019 at least, police have been allowed to treat the rest of us with contempt.

No lessons were learned from last year’s incident because nobody in power cares. The officers of the Metropolitan Police don’t care. Their commissioner, Cressida Dick, certainly doesn’t care – and we shouldn’t be fooled by her crocodile tears. And Priti Patel doesn’t care about anybody but herself as we all know.

In contrast, Patel has already promised to clamp down on people who – justifiably, some might say – brandished anti-police signs at the Clapham Common vigil on Saturday, that the police attacked so brutally.

This Writer is ashamed to admit that the signs were brought to Patel’s attention by Fay Jones, Tory MP for my constituency, Brecon and Radnorshire.

It seems she claimed the peaceful vigil “turned into a protest with photographs showing ‘ACAB’ signs, which stands for ‘all cops are bastards’”. Was she there, then? If so, why wasn’t she handling affairs in her own constituency, where she was supposed to be?

The public response to this, I think, can be summed up with the following tweet:

Patel’s problem is that she doesn’t understand that respect must be earned. People don’t automatically deserve it, just because they’ve managed to engineer themselves into cushy jobs.

The Met officers against whom the ACAB signs were directed clearly deserved the criticism, in This Writer’s opinion. The behaviour of the police at Clapham Common fell far below the standard expected by the British people.

And in taking the side of those brutal cops, Patel’s behaviour fell well below the expected standard too (although her behaviour has been well below the expected standard since she first became a member of Parliament).

Possibly worst of all is the fact that scandals like the Everard-related WhatsApp message will push the few decent police officers out of their respective forces.

Yes, I’ve known a few. As a newspaper reporter in Bristol and in Mid Wales, I came into frequent contact with the police and some were good people who genuinely wanted to be of service to the community.

Many weren’t, though – and because of this, and the attitude of Dick and Patel, more won’t be in the future.

Source: Met officer ‘sent vile WhatsApp to colleagues about Sarah Everard’s death’ while guarding site where her body was found

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IDS – the most vile product of ‘welfare UK’

The parallel here should be obvious to anyone who's seen the newspapers today.

The parallel here should be obvious to anyone who’s seen the newspapers today.

Dept. of ‘Giving Them A Taste Of Their Own Medicine’: The Daily Mail’s front page today is itself, of course, entirely vile.

It is an attempt to make us believe that every single benefit claimant in the UK is as evil as Mick or Mairead Philpott, who were convicted yesterday of killing six of their own children.

The claim is the kind of utter nonsense we have come to expect from the paper commonly dubbed the ‘Daily Heil’ or (as in the image above) the ‘Daily Fail’ – and it has sparked widespread fury.

We all know that it is ridiculous to claim that everybody on social security benefits is evil.

And we all know that you don’t have to be an evil person to receive social security benefits – look at the current government!

In fact, let’s look at the Secretary of State responsible for social security benefits – he likes to call them “welfare”, possibly because it gives him a feeling of superiority over their recipients. This is interesting in itself, because he used to be one of them.

Iain Duncan Smith was on the dole for several months during 1981, after leaving the Scots Guards, where he famously enjoyed a career as a bag-carrier for a higher-ranking officer. Did he get out by finding a job? Hard to tell. What we do know is that he married the very wealthy Betsy, daughter of a very wealthy man, the following year. In other words, he got off benefits by marrying into money. That’s not evil in itself, but how many of us have that option?

I don’t propose to rehash the hypocrisies of Iain Duncan Smith in full here, but I will quote three relevant paragraphs from the Edinburgh Eye piece I reblogged earlier today, as follows:

“He has four children, yet argues that families with more than two children ought to be sanctioned: in 2009 he took six months paid leave without notice to care for his wife when she was desperately ill, yet has instigated changes in benefit to ensure that neither sick people nor their carers will be supported. In 1981, jobless and unqualified, he took full advantage of the welfare safety net to claim benefits for months while looking for suitable work, yet in a recession as bad as that of thirty years ago he claims graduates are “snooty” if they don’t agree to work for Poundland for free. While attending further education for two short periods, IDS gained no qualifications, and asserts that shelf-stackers are more valuable than scientists. While benefiting hugely from MP expenses, Iain Duncan Smith tells many untruths about the cost of people claiming disability and welfare benefits.

“Iain Duncan Smith has made many speeches in favour of law and order. Yet when IDS’s workfare sanctions were ruled unlawful by the courts, instead of accepting that millions taken unlawfully would have to be repaid and that people unlawfully made to work for commercial organisations for free had a claim to minimum wage for their hours (or, if determined to fight lawfully for welfare, proceding to the Supreme Court for a further appeal) IDS decided to have emergency legislation passed making his unlawful sanctions retroactively lawful.

“Iain Duncan Smith lives in a large and comfortable home which he does not own and which it’s doubtful he pays market rent for, yet has instigated the bedroom tax. The idea behind the “bedroom tax” is that the housing shortage can be remedied not by building more social housing or by preventing bankers from gambling on house price rises, but by forcing people who live in social housing and have a “spare room”, to move out into private rented accommodation of a more suitable size. This won’t save money at any level (Iain Duncan Smith calls this the ending the spare-room subsidy).”

And there remains the matter of the 73 people per week, on average (and that average was reported nearly a year ago, so it may well have risen massively since then), who are dying as a result of the pressures put on them by the merciless Employment and Support Allowance assessment regime for people who have long-term sicknesses or are disabled.

If the Philpotts are a “vile product of welfare UK”, then is Iain Duncan Smith – who admits he has been on the welfare system, equally vile?

This week, he was in the news because he claimed on the BBC’s Today programme that he could survive on £53 per week if he had to, after market trader David Bennett said the bedroom tax meant he must now live on that amount.

Almost immediately, a petition by Dom Aversano appeared on the change.org website, calling for him to put his money where his mouth is.

His reaction? “This is a complete stunt which distracts attention from the welfare reforms which are much more important and which I have been working hard to get done. I have been unemployed twice in my life so I have already done this. I know what it is like to live on the breadline.” (Quoted from the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian).

In other words, this slimeball is trying to slither out of it! Could this possibly be because he knows the benefit regime he has instigated is much harsher than the system he enjoyed in 1981 (and again in 1989) and he knows he would not fare well as a part of it?

The report of this story in The Guardian seems intentionally hilarious. It states: “The Daily Mail [that rag again] reported Duncan Smith as saying: ‘It was a shock – absolutely awful. I felt pathetic. I remember telling my wife. We looked at each other and she said: “God, what are we going to do for money?”‘”

The report continues, straight-faced: “Duncan Smith’s wife, Betsy, is the daughter of the 5th Baron Cottesloe who served as lord-lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in the 1980s and 1990s. Duncan Smith and his wife, who sent their children to Eton, moved into Lord Cottesloe’s 17th-century Old House in the village of Swanbourne in Buckinghamshire in 2002.”

What were they going to do for money, indeed!

He is a man who has played the system for all he could take and then changed it to make sure nobody else could enjoy the benefits he received. He is a man who talks a good fight but runs away from supporting his words with real action.

If ‘welfare UK’ has any ‘vile product’ at all, then it must be Iain Duncan Smith.

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