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Degrees of inclusion

13 Nov

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I just wanted to congratulate the College of Policing, no, seriously.  In one glorious stroke you have denegrated every Police Officer without a degree.  As if the media and gvt attacks upon their credibility were not enough to chip away at their self esteem and well being!  You appear to have said that their personal experience, commitment and dedication is worth not a jot!  Good morale boost that.  From the outside it looks like a ploy to give your own existence meaning and sustainability.  At what price?

How are you ever going to get inclusion right if you can’t even include the bulk of your own workforce?  Is a degree the only way to prove that on one day at a particular time critical thinking skills were apparent: ok, that was under exam conditions, with weeks to prepare and not during a life and death scenario those who do that and have done that haven’t got the paper to prove it so it doesn’t count right?  That can’t be measured. 

I am not usually so critical (well not often) how are you going to rebuild the officers you have just knocked down?  How are you going to ensure that those already there are going to have their experience and competence recognised, particularly in the future when a *qualified* officer and an established one are applying for promotion a few years down the track?  That’s supposing that the established officers stay around that long to find out!  Hmmm, mass leaving would certainly save money on redundancy pay when compulsory severance comes in wouldn’t it?

Jules

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Million Mask March

4 Nov

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I am a simple person, I try not to be judgemental. I do hold strong opinions and stand up for what I believe is just.  Sometimes that means supporting the right to express views that chafe against everything I hold dear.  Many times I have literally stood in the way of oppression.
I support the Anonymous  #MillionMaskMarch,  I believe that we need to all join together, nationally and globally to oppose tyranny and injustice.
The ideal way to show the strength of feeling against the government we have today is where no criminal damage is caused, no fighting occurs and everyone attending walks shoulder to shoulder with their neighbour, silently, slowly, purposefully: A wall of humanity moving as one united in their desire for a better way, a better world.
This is what I would love to see.  This type of action is hard to achieve.  This kind of demonstration is harder to discredit.

Namasté Jules

Honour

31 Oct

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If you had a relationship with a person who consistently told you lies, which you totally accepted as truth because you trusted them, what would you do?  Until you knew that they were lying, you’d probably defend them to others and continue to invest your own time and energy into keeping the relationship alive and healthy.  Until you are equipped to see the things they say and do as falsehoods you cannot really be blamed for your actions.  You were acting with honour.
What about when you are given proof that their words had no real meaning, they were merely a tool being used to manipulate you into compliance or even worse to actively gain your support to keep that person in a position of authority, not just over you but over others too?  Would you do everything in your power to expose that person’s falsehoods and take their authority away from them?  It’s not easy to do, but it’s the honourable thing to do.  It may result in suffering on a personal level.  Is it still the honourable thing to do?

What about if the person lying to you is part of a strong group?  Is it even more important to expose and challenge them?  The range of people their lies affect is vast.  Does that make it ok to be silent?  Questioning those around us, whether on a personal relational level or on a less personal level is not wrong.  It equips us with the information we need to regulate our behaviours in line with our conscience.  The way we question needs to be mindful and not just to deliberately cause harm for no reason.  Questioning doesn’t have to be a threatening stance, we can moderate our questions to fit the context of the situation we are in.  This is healthy behaviour.

Our government lies to us, as a unified body, as individual departments and as individuals who are elected as MPs.   Not just in one party,  no one party or individual only ever speaks the truth, we need to question everything and everyone with whom we have given the trust to represent us.  We need to press for changes to allow liars to be removed from office.  We need to be able to discuss policies and make informed choices.  This is impossible if we know that we are being constantly lied to and nothing gets done about it.  How can we bring about the changes needed to rout out deliberate deception?  How can we retain our personal integrity and honour if we do not?

Namasté Jules

The Right Honorable

12 Aug

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With all the political goings on, the actions of our gvt, the shenanigans of the Labour leadership quest and historical cases of varying kinds  I have been musing upon the title Right Honorable and what it signifies to a simple soul like myself.  I have discovered that I don’t think it can be a completely blameless person, as to be blameless one would have to be inert, of course pedants might be able to asign a blame of sorts to inaction (note to self: inaction may be one of the most perverse qualities I’d attribute to an MP).
I have discovered that it signifies to me a person who is able to accept when they are found to be or have committed an error, willing to accept responsibility for that error and then to try and address the issues caused by this error to the best of their ability whilst making sincere apologies. If it was not possible to address the issues, they would step down from their position as an act of contrition.  Historically this was a hallmark or accepted standard to aspire to for most folk whether from the gentle classes or of more lowly origins, it was generally called integrity, or good character.  Have we become so accepting of the spin and excuses of individuals that we no longer expect this standard to be enacted?   What does it say about the houses of parliament that this behaviour is almost extinct, it seems.  What does it say about us as a society when we accept the inaction of an individual without consequences that would be applied in other walks of life?

To my mind the passivity of the public in swallowing this has contributed slowly over the years into organisations and our own personal lives.  It feels as if it is far more common for a person to try and hide their errors, shift blame for them to someone else or even make excuses as to why this behaviour was deemed necessary.   I’m no angel by any means yet I would like to see more integrity around  especially in those who by definition of the title Right Honorable are the leaders whom we *trust* (cough cough, that was difficult to write!) to make decisions for our communities and our nation.  Change is needed on all levels, I’d better start with myself!

Namasté Jules

Water Cannon in London

18 Feb

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Yesterday I went to the Public Engagement Event on the possibility of the Metropolitan Police purchasing Water Cannon.  The event was very well attended by a variety of people of all different ages, cultures and societal groupings.  Nine people were given the opportunity to ask questions.  You can see the event here:

http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/mayor/webcasts

I am not going to report on what was said there, apart from the fact no voice spoke in favour of water cannon apart from Mark Rowley the Senior Met Officer who presented the meeting and Stephen Greenhalgh the Deputy Mayor. This may have been due to the overwhelming *against* views that were very vocal and passionate.

I have always understood that the Police were policing by consent. It appeared from what was being said, and how it was being said that the decision TO purchase the Water Cannon had already been made and that the meeting was just part of a box ticking exercise. I hope that that is not the case, it was certainly the strongest perception that came across to me.

I would really like to know where the idea originated. Was it a political one via government, worried about the effects their austerity measures are having on the populace or was it from the Met? This makes a difference to me. If it is from the gvt then it actually gives me a glimmer of hope in the sense it shows that they realise the garden is not as rosy as they would like us to believe. If it came from the Met it grieves me more.

By saying that Water Cannon are needed the Met are saying to the people of London that all their attempts to engage with communities over the years has been wasted; they have lost control and have neither the numbers or the will to police protests without the assumption that mass civil unrest will follow on.

We were told that the Met want them as backup, a kind of insurance policy that they can deploy if needed. We were told that they recognised that the presence of Water Cannon on the streets could be inflammatory so they would be out of sight. I may be naive but I think three large trucks are going to be pretty hard to disguise, even if they put flowers in the nozzles and pretend they are planters.

I am disgusted by the thought that I may be at a lawful protest and have to walk past a water cannon truck somewhere. It would symbolise to me that those who are there are expected to behave in the worst way possible. By it’s presence I would feel my democratic rights were being threatened. It is a tool to create fear. It is a tool that is used in other countries to suppress legitimate protest. How could anyone think this is a good image to give to the rest of the world or our own citizens? If they were off in the backstreets social media and mobile phone communications would pass this information on quickly. What would this do in the psyche of the protestors? Would it make them feel they had stood up and shown what they believe in or would it inflame them to react? Would the police seek injunctions to jam signals so communications would not be able to be passed on?

What is this sounding like to you? It sounds like intimidation and suppression to me.

I truly am not trying to trivialise the safety of officers or other members of the public. They are deserving of protection. I am saying how gut wrenchingly close to feeling like a dictatorship this move would make me feel. I am old, I have protested about issues I believed in since I was a teen. If I was a young person with little hope what would I have to gain by behaving in a compliant way? What would I have to loose by behaving as dissaffected as I felt?

What ever your view, rushing the purchase through by the summer tells me the Met is scared.
I suspect that it will come to pass this summer.
Tragic… it will cause tragedy.
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Why I support the fire fighter’s strike

13 Dec

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I support the fire fighter’s in their strike against the government’s decision to increase their working age, change the terms of the pension that they signed up for, and to make harsh cuts to their service. Just as I do for the police service.

Most of us are woefully ignorant of the wide remit of the challenging work that you do. I know it’s not simply fire fighting or rescue work. It’s prevention also.

I remember as a small child the house next door burning from an electrical fault. I remember the smell of burnt flesh. It seered into my consciousness in a way that I can’t ever describe.  You put yourselves out there for a barely adequate living wage. Trying to protect us mostly from ourselves.

As populations grow despite the tremendous preventative work you do. Incidents will occur. Accidents on roads etc.  I want to know that you are there. Within 5 mins of me or my family and friends.  I want to know that your service to us is fairly paid and adequately rewarded.  I want to know that you are fully equipped. 

Surely that is not too much to expect?

Keep fighting for us please. Stay unified and strong. If you can weaken the paralytic grip the gvt has on emergency services then it becomes more possible for the rest of the public sector to succeed also.

The frail excuse of austerity is not the whole truth.  Most people are seeing it’s lies now as the reaction to the MPs wage increase shows.

Even if it were true there are some services that are essential.  The infrastructure of the country needs a stable core.  Fire, police are part of that core as are ambulances,  hospitals and schools.

You ALL provide the framework that our society is undepinned by. Thank you for that.

Jules

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