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Overreacting to the threat of chavs

Lot of overreacting going on today.

This time it is Her Majesty's finest in Liverpool. According to 24dash.com, the Liverpool plod want to use spy planes to monitor the mean streets of Anfield and Bootle: "Spy planes could be used to patrol troubled streets in a new crackdown on anti-social behaviour, it was revealed today. More often used by the military in war-torn Baghdad and Basra, the planes would be used to fly over areas of Liverpool blighted by yob behaviour.
Merseyside Police stress it is only one of a number of ideas being considered by the UK's first "Yob Squad", set up by the force and aimed specifically at tackling anti-social behaviour".

The site notes that the "Anti-Social Behaviour Task Force...has a £1m budget", and it illustrates the story with a photo of a RQ 1 Predator. Bad news for the over excited Liverpool Boys in Blue: the street price for an RQ-1 looks to be about $40m, so I don't think their budget will stretch to very many of them.
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Anonymous verity said... 12:52 pm

I have a less high tech and less costly solution. Policemen patrolling the streets. A madcap idea, I realise, but ... oh, I dunno, I just have this feeling it could work.  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 1:42 pm

have you ever seen a "blunkett bobby" verity? they walk around in gangs of threes looking like lost traffic wardens leaving police officers free to sit in the station and fill out forms.
the fact that Blair put a blind man in charge of this countries security just goes to show what a total pillock he realy is.  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 2:04 pm

verity,it worked in New york on a very cost effective basis.therefore it follows it would not work here.

you are quite clearly insane and should be put in charge of the country.

err,fank you  

Anonymous verity said... 2:14 pm

You're right, Rigger. It worked spectacularly well in NYC, so of course, we shouldn't copy it. We should get fighter jets dive bombing council estates.

(What's more, btw, NYC is one of the cities in the US which does NOT have an elected police chief.)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:16 pm

Yet another ancient joke:

Why do Romanian policemen go around in threes?

One who can read and write, one who can make phone calls, and one to keep an eye on the two dangerous intellectuals....  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 3:42 pm

If you havent read it i highly reccomend PC Copperfilds blog

He aslo has a book out.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 3:42 pm

Our Commander-in-chief, Emily, is heavily into bombing the Third World...so Liverpool's sink estates had better watch out. The 'Respect Agenda' seems to have now given way to the 'Falujah Agenda'. Perhaps the lovely Cherie will end up as the Coalition the new Viceroy of Scouserdom.  

Anonymous verity said... 4:15 pm

I don't believe Emily is our CinC, Istanbul Tory. I believe our C in C is HM.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:40 pm

V - interesting that there's no elected police chief. Presumably that's why mayors make a thing of law and order?  

Blogger istanbultory said... 4:47 pm

I know and you know the constitutional reality. But Emily knows and respects no constitutional limits.He's launched (I think) 6 wars in five years. He's spent far too much time with George W. and does, I suspect, perceive himself as our CinC.  

Anonymous verity said... 6:11 pm

Croydonian - The Chief of Police in NYC is appointed, although I think I am right in saying that most in the US are elected. Certainly, they are in Texas. And believe me, once in, they do the will of the people if they want to stay in their job.

Same with Fire Chiefs. Elected and work hard during their tenure to get re-elected. Same with County Sheriffs and County Commissioners. And school boards. Every single one of them elected and performing according to the wishes of the voters.

The NYC Police Chief isn't elected,but, being American, he will still act like an elected official. For example, if he is dining out and someone comes up to his table to complain about something, or comes up to him on the street to complain, he'll take notes and promise that someone will get back to the person the next day. And they will. Or he'll give them the name and number of the individual in his department the person should call.

American officials are absolutely answerable to the taxpayer.  

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