police cuts
Image: © Southbanksteve via Wikimedia Commons

The National Audit Office just told off the government for its police cuts

Cos we got 999 problems, and rising crime rates are one

You probably should have checked if the police needed that money for their crime-fighting stuff, National Audit Office tells Tories

What it means: The National Audit Office (NAO) is a non-political organisation whose job is to look at what the government is doing and see if it’s spending its money sensibly. (It also looks out for any dodgy business like lying to the public or stealing taxpayers money). The NAO just released a report about the cuts the Conservative government made to the police budget after it came to power in 2010. It can basically be summarised as ‘mate, wtf?’

The NAO says the government didn’t bother to figure out what getting rid of 44,000 police officers might do to the country’s crime rate (spoiler alert: it went up) and that its spending plans for the police have been ‘ineffective’. Many police officers agree. The boss of the Met Police, Cressida Dick, says her officers are having to work ‘longer and harder’ and face ‘unprecedented challenges’.

The government replied that, actually, it totally had done research on whether the police are facing extra pressures or not. Perhaps they just misplaced that file when the NAO called.

Recent articles

Reader Comments

  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?