Boris Johnson Slaps Down Michael Gove

Boris Johnson slapped down Michael Gove after he lashed out at selfish vaccine refusers.

The Prime Minister insisted he wouldn’t use the jibe and getting jabs should instead be seen as a positive thing to do.

Pointing to plans to require evidence of vaccination for entry to nightclubs and events, Boris Johnson said people would be helping themselves as well as society.

The criticism came after Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove stepped up his rhetoric despite a gathering Tory revolt over the possibility of demanding proof of jabs, with a vote on the cards for September.

Sir Keir Starmer seems to have softened his opposition to the measures by implying he could get on board if a negative test could be used as proof as well as vaccination documentation.

On a visit to the Lighthouse testing laboratory in Glasgow, Michael Gove warned those who declined to be jabbed were putting other people’s lives in danger, and he said that if you can be vaccinated and you refuse, that’s a selfish act.

He said that they were putting people’s well-being and lives at risk and that everyone should get vaccinated, and when asked if unwillingness to be jabbed should limit participation at some mass events, the minister said that would depend on which part of the United Kingdom they were in, and what the nature of the event was.

And he maintained that if a person knowingly declines to get vaccinated and there are certain venues and some events that require a specific level of safety – in terms in which a person would be able to get into those venues and those events that will be forbidden to them.

Tory MP Steve Baker said the issue of vaccine passports could create a disastrous rift in the party, but Michael Gove rejected the idea, and he said that they were going to do what’s right for public health and that he believed that COVID certification in some limited venues and for certain limited events was a way of making people safer and giving people more freedom.

But asked in an interview with LBC radio if vaccine refusers were selfish, Boris Johnson said that he didn’t believe so and that he would put it the other way round and say that if a person does get jabbed then they’re doing something massively positive for themselves and their family.

So, it seems that Michael Gove and Boris Johnson are arguing again – what a state this government is in – we need a proper Conservative Party, not one that’s being lead by a neddy.

You do have to question the agenda. Do politicians care about wellness?

Big pharma doesn’t want people that are well because they make their money from people being sick – all you have to do is follow the money, and lots of people are getting extremely rich by all this madness. Perhaps not all based on dishonesty, but they have to do something to push through a passport, curb travel and there’s climate change, and they’re charging you to control a natural cyclic phenomena – ice age, global warming, and now climate change.

It was petrol, then it was diesel, and now it’s electric and heat pumps to save the planet.

Firstly, to generate electricity, you need a fuel source, such as coal, gas, hydropower or wind.

At present, a fuel source is needed to charge and manufacture electric vehicles. That fuel source is a fossil fuel – do these people think we’re totally stupid?

One minute the vaccine works against the variant, then it doesn’t, then it does – these people change more directions than a kite.

Food Workers Are Deleting COVID App

An Iceland chief has warned that supermarket workers are deleting the NHS COVID app en masse after being left off the government’s exemption list.

The frozen food giant’s managing director Richard Walker said workers were attempting to evade being pinged to self-isolate by removing it from their phones.

He said that he didn’t condone the move but added that, to be fair, who could blame them?

It comes after the exemption list of those who don’t have to isolate if they’re pinged by the app was extended.

Bin men, vets and prison officers were amongst the workers who qualified for the daily testing scheme, but supermarket workers were left off the list.

Meanwhile, ministers were under pressure to reveal how many of the 2,000 testing sites they’ve promised for critical workers.

Richard Walker told the Today programme that last week he was talking about a 50 per cent week on week increase, it was quite a disturbing extrapolation if you looked at where it was heading.

He said it’s started to steady and that the last few days the pinging has started to drop.

He said that their workers are law-abiding taxpayers but with all their sick pay used up with peak holiday season, it felt like they were probably starting to remove the app, which they weren’t previously doing, and he said to be honest who can blame them?

He said that he wasn’t condoning it, but that he could understand why they were doing it, and that it wasn’t law, it was the government’s guidelines, and it had to be realistic and that their staff were working so hard and had been nothing short of heroic during the pandemic.

He said that the stores were facing the perfect storm due to the pingdemic, peak holiday season for workers and a deficit of HGV drivers.

Richard Walker maintained that supermarket workers were still not exempt, so it only fixed half the supply chain problem, and that therefore, it was a pointless solution, and he said that there was lots of stock to go around, and that they’ve still got deliveries available but that their staff are having to work hard to keep the show on the road, and that in many ways they were now facing the perfect storm.

Government guidance said that close contacts of people who tested positive for COVID were firmly advised to self isolate for ten days, that was unless they could take part in daily COVID tests to prove that they were not affected.

Surely people can see that this app is the only thing that holds us to ransom, and as more people remove the app, the cases appear to go down, and we should all wake up and use some common sense.

People have to work for a living to put a roof over their heads and support their children, unlike the government who have it all handed to them on a silver salver.

But you do know that the app isn’t compulsory, don’t you? And it seems that the app is creating more problems than it’s solving, and there’s nothing wrong with deleting the app because being told to isolate is only advisory now anyhow – it’s nothing more than an app of information.

Everyone that has the app should delete the app because this is getting beyond ridiculous and it should be removed before we have major deficits, public uproar, food riots and anarchy.

Of course, it’s not mandatory to wear a condom, but it’s an exceedingly good idea. So, if you want to abide by what the government are telling you, then that’s your decision like it’s the same choice to wear a condom, but they’re not very comfortable and often don’t even work!

Downing Street Dismisses EU’s Proposals To Ease Northern Ireland Protocol

Downing Street has dismissed proposals put forward by the European Union to ease the rollout of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Brussels has announced proposals to simplify parts of the protocol and to remedy some of the issues associated with post-Brexit border checks, but Number 10 said the proposed measures, which concentrate on the flow of medicines and livestock, were the same as ones floated before.

It comes after Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, rejected Boris Johnson’s demands to renegotiate significant parts of the protocol.

In its latest plans, the EU proposed that UK authorities could carry out checks on over the counter medicines going to Northern Ireland, but the United Kingdom would have to make sure that all medicines comply with criteria set by the EU’s regulator, the European Medicines Agency.

According to a newspaper outlet, all of the products would also have to be clearly labelled as being EMA compliant.

The protocol currently means that Northern Ireland must adhere to the EU’s pharmaceutical rules while the rest of the United Kingdom is free to do what it wants.

There’s currently a grace period on checks on medicines crossing the border, continuing until the end of the year.

The United Kingdom wants medicines to be excluded from the scope of the protocol amid concerns that having to adhere to EMA rules could prevent Northern Ireland from being able to obtain new drugs approved in Britain which are yet to be approved by the EU regulator.

The EU has also set out plans to make it easier to move livestock between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom has argued that EU red tape on the issue puts Northern Ireland farmers at a commercial disadvantage.

Downing Street said the medicines proposal was equal to the one set out in June and that it didn’t resolve outstanding problems.

A UK Government spokesperson said that the EU’s plan was a good start but it would be difficult to manage, onerous and wouldn’t deal at all with those medicines, such as new cancer medications, which under current arrangements must be licensed by the European Medicines Agency in Northern Ireland.

And that was why they’ve proposed in their Command Paper that the easiest way forward, to circumvent those difficulties in the future was to remove medicines from the scope of the protocol entirely.

Of course, this is a British question in Northern Ireland. They didn’t ask for this mess! And it looks like they’ve been thrown under the bus, and it still doesn’t look like Boris Johnson has fully cooked his oven-ready deal.

Boris Johnson seems to be using a slow cooker – deliberately, and the only country within the single market with empty shelves in its supermarkets is Northern Ireland, and the only neighbour to the EU with empty shelves in its supermarkets is Britain, there appears to be a huge problem here.

And Boris Johnson waving his hands around reminds me of Tommy Cooper, but nowhere near as entertaining. Next, he’ll be saying, “Just like that!”

The United Kingdom has been taken to the cleaners, and the economy will pay the price while Boris Johnson enjoys the political benefits domestically, as no shortage of fools will support him.

The EU is done with the UK because as far as their concerned they’ve wasted too much time on us already, but the EU isn’t being nice, although it’s being indifferent while keeping up appearances, and the UK has put itself under pressure, just further isolating the United Kingdom.

Four-day Tube Strike Will Go Ahead In August

A tube strike is set to go ahead in August over proposals to scrap the Night Tube train driver’s pay grade after discussions broke down between the union and London Underground.

The changes would mean that instead of having a separate role for Night Tube train operators, all drivers would be expected to work a combination of normal and night shifts.

Strike action was first proposed earlier this month but the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, which represents tube drivers, has now confirmed it will go ahead next month.

The union has asked all drivers not to book into work after midday for 24 hours on four separate days, the August 3rd, 5th, 24th and the 26th.

The union says London Underground aims to axe the grade in a cash led move which will threaten the loss of 200 positions and destroy the work-life stability of 3,000 Tube drivers.

Strikes had been announced earlier this month but both parties had entered into negotiations through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), to reach an agreement.

However, the union has said that these talks had been unsuccessful and so have confirmed the strike action will go ahead.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) General Secretary Mick Lynch said that the RMT was annoyed and frustrated at the Tube bosses’ unwillingness to engage in constructive talks through the officer of ACAS that could settle the argument.

He said that London Underground’s plans to rip up an agreement that protects 3,000 Tube driver’s work-life balance has created uproar in the depots amongst drivers and that this was a breach of trust by an out of touch management that abolishes the part-time jobs of workers, largely women, who rely on the flexibility and security they allow while they balance other commitments.

He said that it was an equality issue that the London Mayor should have been taking seriously and raising directly with his London Underground senior management and that the RMT had made serious proposals and a resolution to the dispute that was available through discussion.

And he said that the LU Management needed to come back to the table to circumvent the need for strike action and that the union remains available for serious and constructive discussions.

However, many people are working from home now, and this strike will have minimal impact.

In time, of course, they will have driverless trains and the technology is already in place, and we now have the capability and it appears to work perfectly in other nations, but then this will enable the government to rip up workers rights and decent salaries, and our government needs to realise this if they want the country to be prosperous, which clearly, they don’t.

Pilots can now fly in a storm and allow the autopilot to land the aircraft with a perfect touchdown, so, therefore, realising that we don’t need pilots and when driverless vehicles are mainstream we won’t need delivery drivers, so just what are they going to do with all the surplus labour?

This isn’t the time for another strike, particularly when we need this country up and running, but perhaps, it just means that this country is returning to normal.

However, a strike is sometimes the only way that the working class can fight against the oppression and tyranny of the capitalist elites, and why shouldn’t people that have to work unsociable hours be paid more money? It seems quite fair to me.

Videos Of People Struggling To Walk After Getting Their COVID Vaccine

Scientists say that a muscle weakening condition reported by some patients after having their COVID vaccination is a neurological disorder and can be managed with treatment.

Several videos showing patients experiencing leg spasms after their jab has garnered millions of views online and it’s feared they’ve been seized up by anti-vaxxers.

The most recent clip, which appeared, revealed Georgia Rose Segal, a 34-year-old from London, almost collapsing on her kitchen floor after her second Pfizer jab.

She explained that she’d been diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), which affects how the brain transmits signals to the body.

According to scientists writing in the medical journal KAMA Neurology Viewpoint, while the symptoms of FND are real, they’re not directly caused by the effect of the vaccine.

They said that FND can be triggered by a variety of physical or emotional events, including head trauma, surgery or a jab.

Rather than being directly caused by these events, FND is usually triggered by the emotional response that accompanies them, including anxiety and stress.

People who’ve suffered trauma at previous periods in their life or who’ve underlying conditions are at an increased risk of developing FND.

Dr David Perez, director of the Functional Neurological Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), wrote in JAMA that the spread of these videos could fuel vaccine delay by giving an overly simplistic impression of possible links between the vaccine and major neurological manifestations.

He said that instead, these are symptoms of a real, brain-based disorder that sits at the intersection of neurology and psychiatry.

FND isn’t exclusive to COVID vaccination and isn’t a response to an ingredient in the jab.

It’s been reported in response to other jabs, as well as in patients given saline solution.

Until recently FND was called the conversion disorder because doctors thought patients were converting stress into physical symptoms.

Fear and scepticism about the vaccines, as well as the physical side effects of the jab, such as flu-like symptoms and pain at the injection site, may raise the risk of a person developing the malady.

Georgia Segal announced that she’d been discharged from the hospital and shared a photo of her using a Zimmer frame. The original video of her struggling to walk was uploaded onto Instagram account Imjustbait.

There appear to be several coincidences connected between the vaccines and people becoming ill, but it also seems that the Government don’t want these side effects to be reported, but they must get reported. Not as a fear factor, but so that people are informed so that at least when they do get these side effects, they will know what to look for and respond immediately.

Of course, this wasn’t exclusive to the COVID jab, but it seems odd that she was fine until she had it.

COVID can kill, just like jabs can make people sick and kill, so I think it just has to be put into some kind of perspective, and we also have to think about what this jab might do to our bodies, not right now, but perhaps later on, which is a little scary!

The fact is, if it’s triggered by the vaccine then it’s a side effect.

I’m sure the vaccines work a bit, but sadly, some people are getting side effects from this vaccine because our bodies are not all the same.

If you believe you need the vaccine and are comfortable with the likelihood of side effects, then have it. If you’re not, then don’t have it – it’s your decision, but it shouldn’t be forced on you.

The government make out that if you get COVID you will be very ill and could die, and yes, that’s correct for a small percentage, but for most, they need a test to even know they have it.

What we need is some balanced reporting and scientific evidence that’s not been altered by a politician or their stooges because they’re always telling us some porky pie, and it’s manipulation on a grand scale, with some people being too terrified to even leave their homes.

Models Strip Naked In Broad Daylight

If you happened to stroll by Union Square in New York City on Sunday, you might have been greeted by an incredible sight – people posing naked, their bodies covered in decorative designs and stars painted in bright colours.

That’s how a group of 26 artists and 45 models celebrated the eighth annual NYC Bodypainting Day, using the human body as their canvas to promote messages like body positivity.

Andy Golub, the event’s main organiser said that the idea of the event was really to promote free expression and acceptance of all people, their ideas as artists and also their bodies.

A decade ago, the models and artists probably would have been arrested for what they did, and after Golub and his two models were arrested by cops in Times Square ten years ago, both models sued the City, saying nudity was allowed as part of art.

One of those models got a $15,000 settlement while Andy Golub had his charges dismissed, on the condition he only painted after nightfall.

In 2013, New York Civil Liberties Union helped Andy Golub eliminate such constraints with the NYPD forced to acknowledge that full nudity was legal in public for art.

It was also a way to mark New York City rising from the deadly coronavirus pandemic after more than a year of restrictions that forced the city that never sleeps to an almost complete standstill.

Rocket Osborne, a New York City-based architect said that it was important to show that New York City was getting better and that this was a time of resilience.

Models stood under canopies set up in the bustling square as artists painted on them. Others posed on stages set up for the event to showcase the finished artwork as passersby paused to snap a photo or a video.

A small crowd of a couple of hundred people gathered to watch the event in the summer heat that, fortunately for the organisers, was not as intense as to melt the paint.

Queens resident and sculptor Gregory Valentine said that he thought it was beautiful, the fact that people can get out there and be what they’re supposed to be.

Some people might not agree though and might say, are they, models or exhibitionists? At least it will be fun to wash off later, but honestly, there are some people out there that are so repressed and are offended by this display, it makes me wonder how they reproduce.

Of course, there are so many exhibitionists out there in the world in the name of art especially. Look at Vincent van Gogh, although he didn’t cut off his ear for attention, he got loads of it, unwittingly of course. But who even worries what other people do, there are more problems in the world than to be worrying about models cavorting around covered in paint.

And why are the women’s nipples blurred out? They’re only the things your mother milked you with! Of course, men find them fascinating, as I’m sure women do as well.

It was a fine example of bodily art, boobs, buttocks and genitalia, but with the painted art added, it made it look a little like a satanic ritual.

And why is it that women’s nipples are very rude and must be blotted out, yet men’s nipples are wholesome and can be published? That seems pretty sexist to me.

Of course, the purpose of the event is to promote free expression and acceptance of all people, their ideas as artists and also their bodies.

Victory For Thousands Of Women In State Pension Scandal

An ombudsman has ruled that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was too slow to tell thousands of women that they would be affected by the rising pension age.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) said the department failed to respond fast enough once it knew a significant proportion of women were oblivious of the changes.

The 1995 Pensions Act equalised the state pension age for men and women, and the ombudsman said it had received a significant number of complaints about the way this was communicated by the DWP.

It said that numerous women said that they were not aware of the changes, and encountered significant monetary loss and emotional suffering.

The PHSO said that from 2005 onwards, there were failings in the action taken by the DWP to communicate the state pension age.

The ombudsman said its investigation would go on to examine the impact those failings had and make recommendations to put things right for any associated injustice.

This year, thousands of women have been due a windfall after administration errors dating back 30 years saw their state pensions substantially underpaid.

Amanda Amroliwala, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman CEO, said that after a thorough investigation, they discovered that the DWP failed to respond fast enough once they knew that a significant proportion of women were not aware of changes to their state pension age and that these women should have been written to at least 28 months earlier than they were.

And that they would now examine the impact of those failings, and what action should be taken to address them.

Angela Madden, who chairs the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign, told the BBC that the findings strengthened what they, sadly, knew all along. That the DWP failed to adequately inform 3.8 million 1950s born women that their state pension age would be increasing.

She said that these women have been waiting for countless years for compensation and they couldn’t wait any longer and that they were calling on the government to agree to fair and adequate compensation rather than allow what has become a vicious cycle of government inaction to continue.

The PHSO provides a complaint handling service for issues about the NHS in England and UK Government agencies.

A DWP spokesperson said that both the High Court and Court of Appeal have supported the actions of the DWP, under successive governments dating back to 1995, and the Supreme Court refused the claimants permission to appeal.

It’s a great job by everyone involved but I bet our repugnant government will still fail to pay these women because they don’t want to pay up and they will probably use every delay tactic to avoid doing so, or they will try to delay until every one of those women has died.

Many women didn’t get a letter from the DWP about the rise in their state pension age, and when they did receive, or if they did get a letter about their pension, which was due to start in July 2020, having waited an additional 5 years and 10 months, and having paid in 48 years of National Insurance, they phoned the DWP and were told there was an error on the system whereby they’d somehow been left off the mailing list. Most of these women were told by word of mouth, but not by the DWP!

This was a contractual change to women’s pension arrangements and each woman should have been sent a statement and letter of notification of changes to the terms and conditions.

The Day Of The Jackal Novelist Frederick Forsyth

The clever plot has gripped readers and film aficionados for half a century.

At the heart of Frederick Forsyth’s masterpiece, The Day Of The Jackal, is a notorious fraud that revealed how anyone could apply for a birth certificate and passport in the name of a dead child.

But on the 50th anniversary of the thriller, Frederick Forsyth has thrown one more incredible twist into the drama by revealing that he stole a dead boy’s name and details to prove to himself the storyline could work in real life.

Just as the fictional Jackal assumes the identity of a dead boy in his attempt to assassinate the President of France, so Frederick Forsyth scoured a graveyard for the names of suitable children.

Having found one, the author then obtained a birth certificate and applied for a passport in the name of a boy called Duggan, later used in his best-seller.

Frederick Forsyth admits that it was totally illegal and that he did precisely what the Jackal did. He said, he found the grave of this little boy, James Oliver Duggan, in a churchyard in the Home Counties.

Frederick Forsyth also gave a bogus witness to support his application. He said he just invented a church minister in North Wales, somewhere where he thought the Passport Office wouldn’t bother to check.

He said that all of it went into the package, along with the fee and the birth certificate for a person who no longer existed because he’d died as a child.

He said that he used a local news agent as a poste restante, asking him if he’d be so kind, for a modest fee, to take in his mail while he was away overseas. Then Forsyth, who wasn’t going anywhere, waited and around two weeks later, there it was. A large package with a passport in it in the name of James Oliver Duggan.

He said he never used it internationally, but he tested the system and it worked.

The writer got the idea from West Africa where he’d been reporting on the Biafran War. He was told about it by a white mercenary who was there on fake documents.

The Jackal Fraud has been a topic of huge debate, notably when it surfaced that members of the Metropolitan Police had used the identities of dead children to infiltrate protest groups.

Of course, there’s no reason that a dead child should be exploited for any reason, but of course, it happens all the time, and numerous writers go to places no sane person would. I guess it’s part of the undertaking of the job. For instance, J R Tolkien served in the army in the First World War, notable in the Battle of the Somme.

And many writers will go and interview Serial Killers. It’s that touch of darkness that makes them exceptional writers, the question is, does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?

Most of us like a bit of escapism from the trials and tribulations of real life, and of course, to write a superb thriller you have to have a slightly darker side to your personality.

Frederick Forsyth infused his written work with intensity and excitement. The quarry and the prey always suspenseful, and the assassin, well-bred but devoid of scruples, meeting a bloody end – it was the novel everyone dreamed about writing.

Tobacco Colossus Philip Morris Will Cease Marketing Cigarettes In Britain Within The Next Ten Years

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International will quit selling cigarettes in Britain within the next ten years, its boss has announced.

The move will bring down the curtain on the iconic Marlboro name after more than a century on British shop racks.

Chief executive Jacek Olczak told a newspaper outlet that the plans were part of Philip Morris International’s initiative to phase out traditional cigarette smoking in the United Kingdom.

Those who want to continue smoking will be encouraged to change to modern alternatives such as e-cigarettes or heated tobacco devices, which are deemed less dangerous.

Jacek Olczak said that they want to enable the company to leave smoking behind and that he believed that in the United Kingdom, ten years from now maximum, that smoking could be effectively solved.

Asked if that meant Philip Morris would cease selling traditional cigarettes in the United Kingdom inside that time, he responded that they could.

Jacek Olczak said the Marlboro name will disappear from Britain, and that the first option for customers would be that they quit smoking, but that if they don’t, then the second-best thing would be to shift to the better alternatives.

The Government has set out a plan for Britain to go smoke-free by 2030, which incorporates a strategy to lessen the prevalence of cigarette smoking amongst different age groups.

Now let’s ban alcohol, that will help an abundance of problems.

And if Brits can’t get cigarettes here in the United Kingdom, they will get them on the black market.

Of course, smoking tobacco is a choice, like drinking alcohol, doing drugs, speeding in your vehicle or eating fatty fast food, but of course, your freedom of choice has a direct impact on those around you, so your freedom of choice takes away their freedom of choice, but what next that’s no good for you, caffeine?

And there is an argument to this. The government and people condemn smokers, they’ve tried to stamp out smokers who pay exorbitant amounts of tax on a packet of cigarettes, but they don’t really discourage people who drink alcohol, with the abuse of alcohol up and down the country using up valuable resources, for instance, the police, ambulance crews, how much is that costing the taxpayer? We certainly don’t see people lighting up a cigarette getting into fights and having accidents in their cars.

Sadly, smoking releases serotonin-like chemicals like the bodies reward system, so it becomes an enjoyment. The downside is that it does affect the organs and that’s the true cost of smoking. It’s not an illusion, but a biological consequence of why people find it so difficult to quit.

There’s no guarantee that you’re going to live a long life if you stop smoking. There are many other maladies out that that could kill you off and probably will. I would rather live an enjoyable life, not losing my memory and then being put in a home that stinks like pee and being talked to like a child.

Yes, smoking can be offensive to others that don’t smoke, and of course, the smell, but I would rather hang out with a smoker than a drunk because alcohol causes so much harm.

Police Outrage Over Pay Freeze Could See Officers Enforce A Go-Slow

Federation leaders have warned that police anger over a pay freeze could see officers enforce a go-slow on 999 calls or abandon their guns on VIP duty.

The Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents 130,000 rank and file officers, said last week that it had no confidence in the Home Secretary Priti Patel after she declined to finance a yearly pay increase.

Banned from strike action by law, officers are enraged that other public servants such as firefighters and NHS staff have been given increases.

They’re now considering work to rule measures such as an overtime ban, armed officers handing back firearms to return to normal policing or patrols driving inside speed limits to answer emergency calls.

Ken Marsh, chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, told a newspaper outlet that if they want to keep exploiting people, they’re going to come unstuck in the end and that they’ve got to that point now.

He said, why are the fire brigade worthy of a 1.5 per cent pay increase and the police don’t justify anything? The answer was that they could go on strike, they’ve got a union and they’ve got power.

He said that they’ve had a six per cent pay rise in 10 years, and he said that there are hundreds and hundreds of armed officers in London who look after every MP and that they don’t have to do that. They’re not forced to carry a gun, they can say that they want to go back to the borough tomorrow, see you later, and hand in their blue ticket, but that they protect everything.

Ken Marsh continued, who tells an officer they have to drive a car as fast as they can and put their life on the line to get to a call? They don’t have to do that, they can go at 30 mph.

He said, who tells an officer they have to come in an hour before they’re meant to commence work and usually they stay half an hour after? It’s called goodwill and it’s what they do, but that everything’s on the table now.

Officers are organising a day of action on Tuesday in Whitehall, where they will present a petition to Chancellor Rishi Sunak at No 11.

Labour’s Jacqui Smith was the only other Home Secretary to face a Police Federation supported vote of no confidence by police when she refused to backdate a pay award, but then politicians intoxicated on power appear to screw up everything they put their hands on, including the police who protect them and their electorate.

And many of our politicians aren’t there for the politics, they’re there for the pay, pensions, perks, power and unfettered access to taxpayer-funded expenses trough, and then when they’re faced with a national emergency, they fall to pieces because they’ve no idea what to do or how to cope.

To be fair, the police are scarcely a quarter of the staffing levels they used to be, so how can they possibly do the job without the numbers? And however bad things are, they can always get more serious.

The police have been consistently underfunded, cut, reduced and left without inadequate resources to do their jobs properly after a decade of Tory administration, so next time you need help, don’t call them, they probably won’t respond, and if they went any slower, they would be going backwards.

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