Unsurprisingly, Shami Chakrabati pops her head up for a quote after having been silent on this until now. As she has been conspiciously silent on Geert Wilder's removal from the UK. I'm beginning to wonder if she's little more than a media popsie after all.
I blogged recently about the Chief Inspector of Constabulary's most recent 'evaluation' of our police forces, which assessed their response capabilities to national strategic threats and of course found them less than adequate, pointing towards a national police command structure as being needed to secure competence in this area. It's a bit like assessing the police's competence to tackle a beach landing by a Russian armoured division, and concluding on the basis of the assessment that what the police really need are tanks, heavy machine guns and ground attack aircraft.
Senior Home Office civil servants, HM Inspector and the senior police officers who make up ACPO and the NPIA are all working towards something that there's no evidence is needed or wanted - a national police force. ACPO's statement to the Mail is quite explicit on this point:
In times of national need ACPO, on behalf of all chief officers, co-ordinates the strategic policing response. ACPO is funded in part by the Government in order to collectively develop advice for them. Project work which ACPO undertakes on behalf of the police service is at the request of the Home Office and goes towards public protection against serious and strategic threats that can only be tackled above force level.At a time when the public mood is seeking greater local direction and responsibility for the police, when Cameron has put elected police chiefs on his party's political agenda, and when there is involved public debate on the future role of the police, this stealth manipulation and shadowy growth of bodies far removed from public accountability must cease forthwith.
Again, I call for an urgently needed Royal Commission on policing. I would urge readers to do the same.