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Friday, November 11, 2005

Blair Used Police For Politics - suggestion

Blair 'Used Police For Politics'
Sky News
From: yahoonews

The Prime Minister could face a Commons inquiry into claims of Government "politicisation" of police chiefs over new anti-terror laws. Tories are unhappy that chief constables lobbied and wrote to their MPs, urging them to support powers to hold terror suspects for up to 90 days without charge. Despite endorsement from the police, the proposal was rejected by MPs in Tony Blair's first Commons defeat on Wednesday.

Senior members of the Conservative Party have tabled a Parliamentary motion condemning ministers for "embroiling" the police in politics.
They are suggesting there may have been a link between the police support for the Government and worries over job cuts in forces across the country.
Peter Lilley, one of those behind the motion, said: "Every chief constable knows their job is up for re-selection in the next year or so. That puts great pressure on them."
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis added his voice to those expressing concern, saying: "I think the position of the chief constables looks a little political."
The Home Affairs Select Committee is to investigate chief constables' arguments for extending detention without trial.

My Comments:

Far be it from me to agree with the Tories, especially someone like Peter Lilley, but they do have a point here.

And the fact that not only MPs, but people on the street realise this should have stayed Blair’s hand over this. But, of course, it didn’t, as the man thinks he is infallible.
The police are supposed to be servants of the state, not state legislators, but it was the latter position that Blair’s statements such as “this is what the police told me they wanted” put them in.

On today’s’ News, police chief constables are coming out of the woodwork to deny that they had ever asked for a 90-day detention period. It could be that this is a hurried bit of back-tracking; after all, the police do seem to be doing a lot of that lately. But it could be true, at least, when you consider that Blair never said exactly which chief constables he had spoken to on this matter. Maybe he spoke to the odd one or two in obscure regions of the country and then used their words as representing chief constables on-masse. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
Either way, an enquiry into the alleged "politicisation" of police chiefs” would be very interesting. That is, of course, if it ever makes it past the suggestion phrase.

Again, I won’t hold my breath.

posted by summersun70 at 3:53 AM

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