Issue 2 – Twining Chronicles – 29 December 2007

December 28, 2007

This week featured here are articles revealing why the Police Federation is in a win win situation over police pay, and there is also a little piece on “nowhere man.” There will always be a “nowhere man” somewhere. But first we start off with some sad news for us.

PC CHRIS ROBERTS from Wembley – 27th December 2007 is another day that the police service will not forget. On this day a police officer collapsed after being allegedly assaulted at a domestic incident. On this day also politicians make further comments about the role of policing. This has angered many.

The whole ethos of British policing by consent is being demolished, and having read fellow bloggers like UNPC, police officer’s question, is the police service led by those that don’t understand? Ms Spence? Commander Dick? Sir Ian? Golly that’s a big club. These are failed Liberals.

Whether it is Spanish police officer that is murdered by terrorists, or whether it is a colleague that dies after collapsing, police officer’s all bleed blue.

And this is the most fundamental aspect of policing that society does not understand. There are further other aspects now that are in the limelight; PC Smith was 47, and he collapsed because of heart disease.

Will police managers ever realise that changing shift patterns day in day out might contribute to poor health. 

On this day we also heard of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, (1953-2007) – As a service, this reminds us again that terrorism is not going to go away. Bhutto’s loss will be a sad one for the region and for the World. Let us remember that Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, Indira Gandhi was murdered in the same way, as was Rajeev Gandhi.

And now it’s Bhutto’s turn. The world has to look inwards if it is to deal with terrorism. What a beautiful person Ms Bhutto was.


These two issues, terrorism and the manner in which police officer’s are treated are at the heart of policing and just more examples of why the service really is different. 

Are the Police Federation Indian – The Police Federation of England and Wales  are harbouring an interesting philosophy of non violent resistance in holding the moral ground over the Government’s handling of the pay dispute. 

Indeed Jan Berry was seen last week leaving a special showing of the Oscar winning film, Gandhi. Just like Bapu, Jan Berry will be leading the gathering from the front; just like Bapu plenty of people, (police officer’s), will join her. Just like Bapu she is oppressed. Is Jan Berry therefore Indian?

The Home Secretary would do well to realise now that any person that has taken the Gandhian approach to resolving oppression, has always held the high ground and no oppressor has actually won.

It is imperative that police officer’s remain professional at the march. Police officer’s don’t need banners; there is one voice and one voice only. Imagine what message one voice would send? This is now a terrible embarrassment for the Government.

Twining would ask the Home Secretary to re-consider defeat gracefully and perhaps don a sari, but a sari and spliff, she wouldn’t wear these? perhaps she will just do a spliff. 

The Home Secretary has Gordon Brown; but the Police Federation, well the Federation has the philosophy of a wise Indian man, Gandhi, and this is the critical historical difference. The Police Federation has already won.

Nowhere man – It was a cold night in downtown Shireshire. Minus 1 is what the thermometer read, and a man sat in a bar in the middle of town was nowhere man. He wore his sombrero hat and was happy smoking a cigar as he drank a pint of orange juice.

A group of young men walked in and stood at the bar. One of them glanced over and chuntered to his mate. They exchanged glances with nowehere man, and then began to laugh with their mates. All if them looked round and laughed at nowhere man. But why? Was it the sombrero?

The night continued with noise and raucous lager lout behaviour from the men. An hour or so later, whilst the men were enjoying themselves, nowhere man heard a noise outside. It freaked him out a little, so he went to investigate.

Outside the door to the bar was an old lady. She lived two doors away. She was on the floor, and it looked like she had slipped in the cold.

Nowehere man took her hand and took her home making sure she was safe and well. He then returned to the bar to finish his drink. The men were laughing; but they hadn’t realised what had happened outside. And hey, if they were so into their own world, how would they? 

They laughed at nowhere man again. Nowhere man finished his drink, put his sombrero hat on, smiled at the youth and walked out. Just who had won that exchange? As “nowhere man” left the lads had heard what had happened and walked over to say sorry. They asked him whether he wanted to join their gang. He said, “No thanks, shouldn’t you be asking whether you want to be in my gang?” The ball was in their court.

Popularity makes your voice a majority voice.It makes it easier for you to do things and change things. It doesn’t make you right. If you are distracted in your popularity, no matter who is around you, you will never see what others see or their plight. Maybe we can learn from this or maybe we won’t. 

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