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Posted by davidburbage on June 29, 2012

but no banana.

Good luck to Anthony Stansfeld, who secured the Conservative nomination tonight!

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In the running for Police and Crime Commissioner in the Thames Valley

Posted by davidburbage on May 24, 2012

22nd May 2012
Cllr David Burbage announces his intention to stand for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in the Thames Valley

The new Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place on November 15th 2012 and Cllr David Burbage, Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council (RBWM) is today announcing that he has put his name forward as a potential Conservative candidate for the role.
Cllr Burbage said “I am pleased to confirm that I have put my name forward for consideration for the post of Thames Valley Police Crime and Commissioner. This is a role I have both the experience and enthusiasm to deliver, and hope that I can succeed in securing a nomination from the Party to offer my services to Thames Valley residents in November”.
He continued “I’ve been a supporter of better democratic oversight of policing for some time, and although doing a worthy job, current police authority arrangements are invisible and unaccountable to the general public.”
As well as being RBWM Leader since 2007, Cllr Burbage served on the Thames Valley Police Authority in 2009/10, and is currently the Chairman of the South East Strategic Leaders, comprising County Council and Unitary Authority Leaders across the south east and nearby. He also currently chairs the Berkshire Leaders’ Group, a coordinating committee of Berkshire Unitary Authorities.
Cllr Burbage concluded “I’m also honoured to have been asked by colleagues at Conservative Central HQ to speak on behalf of potential candidates at the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) Conference in Manchester this week. I expect to be on a cross party Question Time style panel on Wednesday, where I can compare senior police officers’ understanding of the role under the new legislation and the ever-changing policing landscape. I would like to stress that I’ve not been selected at this stage, and still need to convince colleagues I am the right man for the job!”

See more at www.burbage4tvpcc.com …

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Stephen Greenhalgh makes final budget speech

Posted by davidburbage on March 1, 2012

Whilst I’m on riots and taxation, this part of the Greenhalgh farewell was particularly interesting :

Last summer we were surrounded by a ring of riots in Ealing, Brent, Notting Hill and Clapham.
Yet H&F clocked up only 10 offences whereas Ealing suffered 300 crimes.
And for that I pay tribute to the Borough Commander and the local police for keeping our streets safe Anti-social behaviour on our council estates is being challenged.
We have taken active steps to evict the worst tenants and roll out CCTV on our estates.

In his last budget speech he says “we are no longer alone” and mentions Windsor and Maidenhead amongst others.

And I’d far rather be a politician announcing a 3.75% cut to Council Tax, than a politician announcing a 3.49% increase….. we will see whose is the wiser course of action in the weeks and years to come.

Two years ago we cut Council Tax by 4%. A commenter posted “this is all very well but let’s see if they can keep it up for four years”.  Well, H&F have done so five times out of six, and we’re on three in a row. So it is possible, and what is more, services actually get better as the business focusses on efficiency to residents – not just job protection for any under-utilised officials. We’re finding the same.

The overall resident satisfaction score for council services was average for London and 203rd in the country. H&F’s value for money rating was shockingly bad: 363rd out of 387 local authorities. It was this Conservative administration that took control of the council’s finances and got a grip after 20 years of Labour mismanagement and waste. After only two years of Conservative control, H&F’s score for overall council satisfaction score rose to 9th and 10th for value for money in the country.

Cllr Greenhalgh certainly led the way and has transformed the taxation debate in Hammersmith and Fulham, and to an increasing extent, across the country.

Good for Stephen. I hope we’ll hear more from him.

[photo credit : Con Home, linked above]

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Royal Borough Lose

Posted by davidburbage on November 20, 2009

The LGA (supposedly in favour of “Local” Government) today threw out our application under the Sustainable Communities Act to run the local fire service, for the nonsensical reason of viability – there are fire authorities that are FAR smaller that do everything that fire authorities have to do, there are fire authorities of similar sizes that do everything that fire authorities have to do – but the LGA appear to believe in BIG Government, which is the antithesis of the Sustainable Communities Act, rather than smaller more local government. One of the comments was that Fire Services were moving towards a “bigger than county” arrangement becuase of the “difficulty of recruiting retained firefighters”. I couldn’t follow that non-sequiteur, nor why that was a barrier to a viable and clear proposal to achieve the opposite.

I believe the LGA have really done themselves a disservice as an organisation.

They didn’t appear to me to have a clear understanding as to why they should be selecting proposals, or on what basis.

Meanwhile, back at the (big) ranch, the public are having their say on the election of police commissioners.

Unsurprisingly, ordinary people think it’s a good idea, and the incumbents (police) think it’s a bad idea.

Just like our proposals for the Royal Borough’s fire service ……

Here are the two most popular comments on the BBC Have Your Say


Added: Friday, 20 November, 2009, 16:40 GMT 16:40 UK

Any move that would make the police more accountable to the public is a good move.

S. Potter

Added: Friday, 20 November, 2009, 16:43 GMT 16:43 UK

It works in the United States.
A Police Chief who has one eye on the voters is an asset to the community.


Recommended by 57 people

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Why am I not surprised?

Posted by davidburbage on April 1, 2008

Assuming this is all as it appears to be, deliver us from this state quango bureaucracy madness! Credit : The Policeman’s Blog

I was chatting at the nick the other day with an enraged colleague who I’ll call PC ‘S’.
He’d just received a file back from the CPS which he had sent to them for a charging decision.
It is alleged the following happened that led to the suspect’s arrest:
A member of the public, ‘Bob’, is walking down the street one night when he sees a car drive past and crash into a lamp-post. The car contains one occupant, the male driver ‘Gordon’.
Being a caring citizen, Bob runs over to the car to see if Gordon is OK. As he gets there, Gordon opens the driver’s door and tries to run away.
Suspecting Gordon may have stolen the car, and also being able to smell alcohol on Gordon, Bob grabs hold of him and makes a citizen’s arrest.
Gordon is angered by this attempt at detention and hits Bob, causing injury, but Bob manages to keep hold of him until another member of the public, ‘Geoff’, comes to his aid (Geoff having also witnessed the car crash and what is happening between Bob and Gordon.)
The police are called. Whilst waiting for them to arrive Gordon punches Bob a few more times. When they get there, the officers arrest Gordon for drink driving and assault on Bob.
Gordon provides two evidential samples of breath at the police station, which show him to have been over the limit.
He is also interviewed in regard to the assault on Bob, which he denies.
He also denies being the driver of the car, despite both Bob and Geoff saying he was the only occupant of the vehicle when it collided with the lamp-post. (Further enquiries having shown that the vehicle was not stolen.)
A file is prepared for the CPS and a charging decision is sought.
Everybody at the nick thinks Bob has done the honourable thing. He’s managed to detain a drink-driver and possible car thief before we get there. It’s clear to us that Gordon should be punished for assaulting him.
The CPS – aka The Criminal Protection Service – takes a different view.
PC S explains that the CPS say that the original arrest of Gordon by Bob was unlawful because no indictable offence had been committed. (The car was not stolen and drink driving is a summary offence.) Therefore, Gordon was perfectly within his rights to use reasonable force to escape from this unlawful arrest/false imprisonment.
The legislation concerning Any Person Powers of Arrest are contained within
Section 24A Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984 but a summary of the powers can be found here.
It says, quite clearly (while giving the writer plenty of room for manoeuvre):

Any person
can arrest a person who is in the act of committing an indictable offence or anyone whom he reasonably suspects to be committing such an offence, if it is not reasonably practicable for a constable to make the arrest instead and it is necessary to arrest the person to prevent him making off before a constable can assume responsibility for him.
What kind of message does this send out to Bob who was acting in good faith and is obviously a very public spirited citizen? As far as he is concerned the Police have let him down and why should he help them again?
PC S stressed to Bob, of course, that the decision not to prosecute for the assault was not a police decision, but that of the CPS. S appealed the CPS decision twice, through a Detective Inspector and the CPS management, but had no joy.
Our useless laws and justice system protect the criminals, and not the victims.

‘PC Bobby Dazzler’

EDIT : http://pcbobbydazzler.blogspot.com is the blog of PC Bobby Dazzler

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Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime?

Posted by davidburbage on March 28, 2008

Famous Tony Blair phrase.

The ’causes of crime’ – from the liberal left – are social deprivation, lack of education, opportunity yada yada.

The ’causes of crime’ – from a common sense position – are criminals.

Here is a story to warm the cockles of how British magistrates are becoming not only tough on crime, but tough on the causes of crime.

 One More Chance for Addict with 175 crimes (Daily Telegraph)

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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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Maidenhead streets

Posted by davidburbage on July 5, 2007

Utilities can come along and dig up the streets without warning – for emergencies. I am rather baffled how such an emergency can result in nobody working on the problem yet holding up the traffic for days. BT need to come forward and explain themselves.

 In other news, we have a good amount of ticketing going on following encouraging commitments from the police. I saw four police officers today in the town centre! The local Superintendent Mike Ismay apparently himself issued over 20 tickets on one afternoon last week and had to go back to the station to get some more because he ran out…. Gordon Brown will no doubt be writing to me to thank me for the extra income (we the Council don’t get it, nor do the police).


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Tough police stance

Posted by davidburbage on April 16, 2007

The editorial in the Observer reports that Supt Mike Ismay has promised to take a tough stance against those flouting the law on our streets.

Good. I am sure this will be popular stance amongst residents – and one that we can endorse.

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