Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Cameron confident of public apathy?

When Margaret Thatcher set her head to take on the unions she first awarded the police an above-inflation pay settlement and made sure she had the armed forces squared away; she was not a woman to take chances, nor did she want a repeat of Heath's disastrous question "who runs Britain?" to which the answer came "Not you, chum."

CMD is clearly confident of a new public apathy - either that, or has calculated carefully that since there are twenty applications for every new constable post, even trimming police pay will leave him with an intact and loyal, if somewhat green, police force. Enough to man the Shield-Wall, anyway, and tazer a few students. 

How times change. 


WitteringsfromWitney said...

R: Methinks he needs to worry about more than a few students. If you on twitter then follow VColumn - It seems something is afoot!

Anonymous said...

The police have been heavily indoctrinated about diversity to the exclusion of much else. Oh and box ticking as well.
So what would they be good for.

formertory said...

Police reward packages need looking at. Pension contributions are deferred pay; a part of your salary you don't see until retirement (which is why you don't pay tax on it until then).

If a copper retires after 30 years, age 50, on cash £75,000 and income £25,000 index linked for life, then to buy the same pension as an annuity in the private sector he'd need accumulated pension funds of at least £1 million. With only 30 years to accumulate that sum, it's equivalent to about £15,000 a year in pension contributions, largely paid for by the taxpayer (the employee contribution doesn't even begin to scratch the surface).

So a £25,000-a-year median-wage copper is in reality a £40,000-a-year copper, plus all the allowances that Winsor's report just identified as needing scrapped. I grant you it's a job with its unpleasant side but don't please anyone tell me the poor darlings are under-rewarded.

Anonymous said...

You have to pay police generously, to reduce the amount of corruption.

The pay needs to be such that getting sacked for taking a bribe would be a really big financial loss.

To see the other extreme, look at Zimbabwe, where the police get their incomes from demanding money at roadblocks.

Don Cox