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POLICE SPEND LESS THAN 6 HOURS A WEEK ON THE BEAT

Daily Telegraph sustain the Conservative Party campaign for change in the British police. Your blogger is stil trying to understand the agenda. Researchers have known all this for years, but the Home Office has been happy to have a police sevice for the government and business and not for the public, because that’s what politicians have wanted. You can bet that we arent going to get a locally accountable police service back. Presumably the Tories want a police that deals with the “dangerous classes” and not the respectable ones. We shall see. Thats an article from each of the broadsheets just to be as objective as possible!

EU HOMELAND SECURITY POLICY LACKS DEMOCRATIC OVERSIGHT SAYS WATCHDOG

The companies who make money out of European security contracts are the very ones who design them. Surprise, surprise! This is a long and excellent piece about the bodies involved in security policy making and the issues involved. Well worth a read. I read a piece on the French attitude under Sarkozy. Must find it and link it in. Its in a Belgian online journal.

THE JUDGE WHO LOST HER HEAD OVER PERFUME

A loose translation! Continuing the theme of using as many different ssources as possible, here’s an odd one from el Pais. A magistrate has been suspended for allegedly abusing her position to obtain favourable treatment [again, loose translation]

MI5 KEPT FILE ON FORMER PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON

I think we knew all this, and there is some astonishingly selective use of material here by the BBC. Times and Telegraph give the new book a more objective treatment. A bunch of paranoid obsessives [sorry people with Cold War mentality] in the Secret Service were seeing communists in every bed and ignoring paramilitaries, the book also says.

RBA COMPANY “BRIBED NIGERIANS”

Courtesy of kelly Yip’s daily postings:

Article from the Age, an Australian newspaper. The srticle names UK politicians. A Reserve Bank of Australia company called Securency is named. This will be in Private Eye, perhaps, but there are a lot of injunctions being used in the UK to stop stories coming out.

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