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About Me

My name is Twining.  I am a Sergeant in a place called Shireshire.

QUOTES THAT MAKE MY DAY

“Anybody who believes that they can influence Chinese actions over Tibet is in a dreamworld. I don’t see anything better in reimposing a medieval Theocracy.” (Roland).

“Not quite Paxman or Ross but….” (Yoyo).

 ”I dont suffer from PMT, I suffer from HR.” ( A friend).

“All Senior Officer’s are carriers of Dingo Fever?” (Me).

“Where I live it is so bad that even the cat’s where hoodies.” (Me).

21 comments

  1. Hi Twining!

    I stumbled across this site whilst researching this fetid positive discrimination practice that is so fervently endorsed by the Police force! I’d be really interested in hearing your views on it. I think it is deplorable and the fundamentals of it are both racist and sexist, where each is applicable. I believe in good old fashioned hard work and career advancement being achieved on merit only.

    I also have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about the non existence of a National White Police Association-again this is racist and discriminatory. I emailed the National Black Police Association and no reply although that wasn’t exactly a shock!

    Look forward to your response!


  2. Dear Kitty Kat,

    I will, however, try and give you my thoughts. There is a difference between positive discrimination and positive action. Does the police service positively discriminate in favour of those Black colleagues that are deemed to say “yes sir,” whilst not understanding racism’s? Yes. These Black colleagues are never going to stand up and be counted because they benefit and are then used to suppress some of us loud-mouthed Black folk.

    The experience of Black and Visible minority ethnic police and support staff inside the police is rather dire. Some cannot cope because they have been brought in through failed positive action and after bringing them in, they are ultimately kicked out after failed promises. This form of recruitment is a racist practise in my opinion. As for the White Police Association. I don’t know what to say accept in my opinion White Officers appear not to be consistently racially bullied or harassed. A NWPA is not necessary because it is mainly some White and some Black people in power that discriminate.

    Let’s face it the majority of power rests with some people at the top. And what is their ethnicity? I await your response on this matter. I am afraid you may not like what I have to say.

    Twining.


  3. I disagree with your view on the non-necessity of a NWPA. I really feel that it is now indigenous white officers who are victimised the most. In fact I feel that it is white folk in general who are treated as the ethnic minorites once were. I acknowledge the benefits that diversity offers to this country and similarly to the Police but I think the entire situation has now been turned on its head and I frequently find myself, as a white, hard working and decent young lady treated as a second class citizen which really does infuriate me! I think it is an absolutely dire situation when paedophiles receive far more lenient sentences than anyone tarred with the ‘racism’ brush. Drunk drivers, muggers and nonces are considered to be ‘worse’ criminals than a person who’s proud of their race and nation. I don’t condone the violent approach utilised by some, but I do feel it’s an absolute liberty that I am unable to express my love for my race and my heritage for fear of arrest and imprisonment. Take the Notting Hill Carnival, a celebration of a race’s culture. It is embraced, endorsed and even subsidised by the community. Imagine the horror of a carnival to celebrate the white race, there’d be uproar. This is the hypocritical situation I see day after day and what upsets me the most. I have no problem whatsoever with the celebrations of other cultures, but it seems absurd we can’t celebrate the indigenous race so fervently.

    Anyway, I am ranting now LOL so I shall refrain! I’d be interested to hear your views as a black person foremost, and as a black police officer secondly! I thank you for your response and look forward to the next one!

    Cheers!


  4. Drunk drivers, muggers and nonces are considered to be ‘worse’ criminals than a person who’s proud of their race and nation.

    Should read …considered to be LESSER criminals.

    Oops!!


  5. Dear Kitty Kat,

    I am a Black hard working individual and constantly we are racialised.

    Liberal policies have brought about no change but a backlash.

    I am not sure that the criminals you mention get lesser treatment.

    There is no such thing as race.

    Yes, we should celebrate British culture. What is it that you cannot celebrate?

    A tired….

    Twining.


  6. Racism cuts Both ways!!!!


  7. Name calling, bullying, harrassment cut everyone. It’s convenient labelling it racism, but actually it’s behaviour which has no place in a modern, progressive society.

    Perhaps it’s a simplified version of what’s going on, but I am sick to death of people trying to complicate, labellise and excuse behaviour which is so abhorrent and amoral.


  8. Hello my friend, and greetings I have read your blog, and various comments from other users, especially those of kitty kat. I do believe that as their has been a influx of various nationalities into the UK I can understand her frustration.

    BUT….. If she has read and continued to read and research her own history the british ethnic is still alive and kicking.

    But as a proud black woman who was born and brought UP in this country i wonder how she would have felt walking in my ancestors shoes. Being taken from the mother land, being stripped of our culture, beliefs and mindsets.

    Having to work five times as hard as our next white brothers and sisters just to stay in the main stream. To have your own history wiped out.


  9. Hi Twining and fellow contributors. This series of comments has prompted me to write a post on my blog about this very subject. As a British-born black woman I have difficulty fully understanding why we feel we need to have these kinds of conversations – race and ethnicity are a big issue, aren’t they? My question is – Why? I don’t have all the answers to the problems, but I do hope to give us all some food for thought in this particular debate. Let me have your views:

    http://www.blackwomanthinks.blogspot.com

    Great job, Twining!


  10. If these non ethnic officers are racist why follow suit and set up a group that excludes them because of the colour of their skin,do you not think they may feel excluded and perhaps isolated because they can’t join your club? Hypocrisy is obviously a race thing.


  11. I can only talk for me. I am not a hypocrit. Racists have hystorically eluded Black people. I am only responding to that racism, that is all. Mine is a response. Hello Zee.


  12. Hello Twining, you really confuse me, up above at 5. you state there is no such thing as race but in the dictionary it says: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/race and Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_group.

    So if you say there is no such thing as race then how can such a thing as racism possible exist?

    Another point, as a white Englishman I have always understood ‘black’ people to have originated from Africa and no where else and people from Asia are know as Asians, India – Indians, Persia – Persians etc. When did all people from extremely hot countries with a tan and fair skinned people who sun worship become classed all together as blacks, it is terribly misleading. A bit like doing away with animal species and calling everything with four legs a dog.


  13. Ah well Lorenzo, who devised the word racism? Who practices racism? Those in some sort of power? In the ideal word race differentiation would not happen but this is not an ideal world, therefore it does happen.


  14. Subject: Help requested

    Hi

    I work for a small national kids charity: web site: http://www.fairplayforchildren.org

    We’ve been active in child protection over some years, and we are increasingly concerned at people such as the ‘spiked’ set up who run down CRB and the new Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act.

    Their line is that so much checking is over-reaction, nanny state etc. Our view is that such checks help protect kids by helping to weed out those that are known.

    We cite the case of David Lawrence, known to the Avon and Somerset force, who was a junior soccer ref and coach and known to them over many years for a string of complaints etc. Eventually in the late 90s he was finally prosecuted, 12 specimen charges, 3 withdrawn, convicted on nine, came out of jail November 2002 and by March 2003 in another junior league which was not accessing CRB checks at that time. (We came across him as we took part in a Home Office pilot which undertook police checks for voluntary groups – VOCS – so we were asked by the first league to run check on him in 1997 along with 49 other ref/coaches and he came up as ‘soft intel’ so the league removed him from access a full 18 months before he was finally arrested after years of police concern, which they had until VOCS been unable to share.)

    My query is this. Serial paedophiles like Lawrence operate over many years – in fact he was put away again for further offences which came to light, from the Isle of Man in 1975, so he was active over 22 years at least. Lawrence was charged with 12, sentenced for 9. But what I am asking is, does anyone have any idea how many kids such people may involve and abuse. I would hazard an educated guess that Lawrence abused FAR more than have ever come to light. Those who saw the C4 doc ‘Chosen’ recently may see how and why this happens, a very brave set of people to tell it now.

    I will guarantee that no names or towns/forces will be revealed, and if anyone wants to send a ‘blind’ email which I cannot trace, fine. I don’t want names of offenders but “X was convicted for 7 but we are sure he involved at least … number of kids over xxx years”

    The end result – an article to be released to counter these idiots.

    ANY help, including passing this mail on, very welcome.

    Thanks

    Jan Cosgrove [mr]
    National Secretary


  15. Hello,

    I work for PoliceOne.com and Robert Dippell our online director suggested I contact you. We are reaching out to a select group of relevant associations and blogs to offer our RSS feeds as additional content for your readers. Our feeds update on a daily basis and are a simple way to provide fresh content to your readers.

    We have over 15 RSS feeds which cover a wide range of topics. We are also open to creating a custom feed for your site focused specifically on the interests of your users (i.e. Police Related News, Articles, and Tips). You can view our current list of feeds at http://www.policeone.com/police/news/.

    If you are interested we can provide you some additional information about our RSS feeds and adding one to your site. We are also looking to exchange links with relevant and quality sites such as yours and we could add you to our list of resources on PoliceOne.com.

    Best,

    Darcy Carroll


  16. Hello there,

    As a busy business blogger myself, I know how much of your time & effort yours must take. I enjoy reading your articles.

    If you get chance, I wonder if you would mind having a look at my latest blog, that has been launched in support of the lads n lasses in the job?

    The link is http://thinbluelineuk.blogspot.com

    I left the job as a DC with 10 years service back in 1989, to set up in business. I now jointly run a business called Nice 1 Ltd in the West Midlands, that promotes a national insurance product through 2000 brokers, motor manufacturers and dealers across the UK. (No promoting intended here!) Anyway, the policy provides a replacement vehicle for theft victims, so as you can imagine, it’s proving popular. If you follow the website link http://www.theftprotect.co.uk it will take you to all our main site, (we run 6 in all!), so you can see what we’re about.

    The process of raising consumer awareness these last few years got me intensely involved with the analysis of car crime statistics. That led me to the Home Office, Police Force sites, the Association Of British Insurers, National Statistics Office & the Dept for Transport.

    Whilst collating all the information over a three year period, I have been reading police blogs with great interest. I really sympathise with the guys serving now, the job seems to have become a thousand times more bureaucratic and bogged down since ’89 with all the Home Office figure fudging etc… none of which can make the “job” any easier.

    The exposure of Richard Horton incensed me I have to say. It’s a measure of the political influence that exists in this country, that the frontline bobby cannot have an informed opinion about how the job is made harder by lack of resources, misreporting of crime and extreme levels of bureaucracy.

    It set me thinking. Guys like you do a sterling job putting what information you can “out there” for public consumption. If it’s in the public interest, and in the spirit of public access to information, (crime and policing certainly are), then there is a strong argument that it is against the public interest for the truth to be concealed and massaged by senior officers whether by political pressure or career motivation.

    The big issue is the anonymity factor. I have read a lot of posts on police blogs expressing fear of threatened career prospects. My view is, if the force is transparent and has nothing to hide, it wouldn’t be too fussed if bobbies spoke out about important issues. Clearly, senior level cover ups have deepened since my day and a right old tangled web of public deceit has been woven. The problem is as we see it, falsely portraying crime figures and sending out the message that “All is rosy” only serves to support the government desire to slash force funding and resources, making it even tougher for the front line troops. Less money, less resource, massive bureaucracy adds up to a less efficient force with disillusioned officers with low morale.

    We have examined the case law closely and have found that there are simple ways to get the message out there that are within the law and eliminating the risk to the contributor. Our site and links explain in more detail, and our contact numbers are there for anyone to ring us (anonymously and NEVER recorded. Anyone can ask for me (Steve) and I’ll happily discuss it.

    As you will see from the site, what we are looking to achieve is to provide a channel for bobbies to communicate genuine issue (not slanderous, defamatory, insulting or abusive content). We will be very careful about items that might bring an individual force into disrepute as we are looking for policies that seem to run current on a multi force basis. We know that will be ok with the majority, as the main bones of contention seem to be the bureaucratic burden, lack of resources and the official line on statistics (which is where our analysis comes in).

    We want to canvass as much support for the site as possible among the front line guys (and also the former, retired, civvies in fact anyone who can provide informed content).

    We will collate all the material and produce it without reference to names (because we won’t have obtained them!). We have access to media contacts that can get the information in front of a wide audience, which will ultimately lead to pressure being brought to bear in the right quarters.

    We agree with bobbies comments we have seen so often, that the public will only get the police service they deserve, once there is a clean sheet to start with. No matter how stark the real position is, the grass roots policing conditions and the results they could achieve, will only improve once the decks have been cleared.

    I read a great article recently, likening the running of the police service to the MP’s scandal only with much greater consequences for the general public.

    The time is long overdue when political pressure and influence over day to day policing must be re-evaluated. All that it has brought is misdirected funding on expensive committees and planning, leaving nothing left in the pot for the real job of policing the streets.

    A police mate of mine, who wishes to remain nameless, said “If UK Police PLC was a business, it would have gone bump donkeys years ago”.

    Many police bloggers talk about real accountability within forces. To even get part way there with these efforts would be a major achievement.

    I can understand if not everyone will feel comfortable participating. Sometimes we face tough decisions about careers, livelihoods, mortgages and the like. Anything that might affect that has to be given very serious consideration.

    That is why we favour the anonymous route. YES, some commentators may suggest that issues and arguments are weakened by anonymity. However, there is an equally strong argument that crucial information to effect change that is greatly in the public interest, would otherwise never be seen in the public domain without anonymity.

    How many police informants would come forward without the protection of CHIS or something like it?

    Provided we are not referring to issues of national security, sticking to statistical reporting processes, their flaws and anomalies and issues affecting resources, the cause remains a balanced and justifiable.

    We will be extremely careful NOT to publish specific detail about officers, forces, or geographic areas that are vulnerable. We are mindful that the criminal fraternity may also read some of our publications and would not wish to expose a vulnerable area to an even greater criminal threat.

    So, in conclusion, whilst we are a commercial business operating successfully, we have immense sympathy and support for the front line officers, regardless of rank.

    Our motives are not-for-profit. Like yourselves, we simply want to raise public awareness and perhaps stimulate action from the right quarters to try and effect some positive change. This will be to all of our benefit, more especially, the tax paying citizens of which we are all included.

    Please visit the site(s) have a look at what we’re doing. We’re completely open with our activity and open to conversation and information anonymously or otherwise. The choice is down to the individual.

    Hope to see as many of you guys on our boards and posts in the near future. (Again, anonymously if you wish). If you want to mention our blog(s) on your pages, please feel free. The more contributors we can get behind this the better!

    Best wishes to you all, and if no one has said it recently, on behalf of the British public that DO support you fully, thank you for all your wonderful efforts.

    Kind Regards

    Steve

    Head of Crime Analysis
    Nice 1 Limited

    Telephone : 0844 414 2286
    E mail : enquiries@nice-1.co.uk
    Web : http://www.theftprotect.co.uk

    BLOGS

    Consumers : http://theftprotect.blogspot.com
    Crime Analytics: http://carcrimeuk.blogspot.com
    Police : http://thinbluelineuk.blogspot.com
    Brokers : http://brokerinfocus.blogspot.com
    Motor Trade : http://motorandfinance.blogspot.com

    Twitter : http://twitter.com/niceoneuk
    Linkedin : http://www.linkedin.com/in/theftprotect


  17. I highly enjoyed reading your post, keep up making such interesting articles.


  18. I disagree with your view on the non-necessity of a NWPA. I really feel that it is now indigenous white officers who are victimised the most. In fact I feel that it is white folk in general who are treated as the ethnic minorites once were. I acknowledge the benefits that diversity offers to this country and similarly to the Police but I think the entire situation has now been turned on its head and I frequently find myself, as a white, hard working and decent young lady treated as a second class citizen which really does infuriate me! I think it is an absolutely dire situation when paedophiles receive far more lenient sentences than anyone tarred with the ‘racism’ brush. Drunk drivers, muggers and nonces are considered to be ‘worse’ criminals than a person who’s proud of their race and nation. I don’t condone the violent approach utilised by some, but I do feel it’s an absolute liberty that I am unable to express my love for my race and my heritage for fear of arrest and imprisonment. Take the Notting Hill Carnival, a celebration of a race’s culture. It is embraced, endorsed and even subsidised by the community. Imagine the horror of a carnival to celebrate the white race, there’d be uproar. This is the hypocritical situation I see day after day and what upsets me the most. I have no problem whatsoever with the celebrations of other cultures, but it seems absurd we can’t celebrate the indigenous race so fervently.
    +1


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  20. What has happened to Twining?


  21. Even red mist was very funny, his acting was good and his last line of the film “Wait,until they get a load of me” was a great touch.



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