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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Modern policing

Posted by davidburbage on March 16, 2008

I was lucky to sit next to a serving police officer last night at a dinner I attended. Curious about how the state breaks good things with their targets du jour, their à la carte bureacracy and de rigeur political correctness, I probed for evidence. Yes, all those were true (and painful and harmful and annoying and counter-productive and demoralising) but also there was more.

Apparently the sheer weight of legislation that has been brought in by Acts of Parliament by the current Government, with their innumerable Criminal Justice Acts and regulations to go with them, it means that the police no longer have a chance of knowing the law of the land, because there is too much legislation. Worse, it has meant that the complexity of the legislation has led to mistakes being made such that due process or details of the legal structure don’t get followed (because of complexity and sheer weight of traffic new laws) – it means that the system becomes less effective and begins to fail more frequently. Add to that the targets, the bureaucracy and the political correctness of the modern Labour state apparatus and you let down the people who should be being served (and, who are paying for the service).

[Government not doing what they should, or what people want, reminds me of the popular poll for a new piece of legislation that Stephen Pound MP said  he would introduce through an edition of the Today programme. The winner was “Homeowners should be able to use any means to defend their home from intruders.” Can’t get much simpler than that! His famous riposte, and refusing to keep his promise “The people have spoken – the bastards”. ]

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