Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Last minute reprieve

The Police Minister called Lobbydog last night to point out that the MET's human trafficking team had been saved – for now at least.

The Post's parliamentary correspondent wrote a column about how officers were miffed that the team, which has fought crime very successfully, was going to be closed.

In it he looked at how Vernon Coaker, also Gedling MP, was going to have a tough time whatever he decided to do.

In the end the Government has found half of the funding to keep it going for one more year, the MET will pay the other half.

It's a stay of execution. But the problem will return for the team and Coaker next year.

P.s. Lobbydog took the opportunity to ask Coaker for a pre-Christmas interview about the use of statistics to which he agreed – watch this space.

5 comments:

Bent Society said...

Coaker and his ilk should stop celebrating themselves. They love to boast that they are some kind of "shiny knights" fighting trafficking....and then they and the police drive past trafficked prostitutes standing on street corners all over Nottingham. The shameless transparent Tartuffians!

Coaker is quite plainly an ineffective, self serving hypocrite without a single idea of his own in his head and no interest in reducing crime. He wants to fight it so he looks good - but not to reduce it.

If he truly wanted to reduce human trafficking he would tackle the market for prostitution - not the supply chain. And he would burn those quackery anti prostitution posters he comissioned and go and read some text books and talk to real professional experts (not amateurs in advertising) about what works in media campaigns (and what actually backfires) in the psychology of attitude change.

Quackery in medicine is unacceptable, so to should it be in all areas of public policy.

End the quackery in crime reduction!

Andy said...

Do you want to ask him why the police appear to be targeting left wing photojournalists, especially considering the recent 'clarification' of stop and search powers under terrorism legislation?

http://marcvallee.wordpress.com/

Lobbydog said...

I'll do that, feel free to make any other suggestions.

Bent Society said...

I wonder could you please ask Vernon Coacker why the Home Office actually went looking for its own official crime statistics mistakes that make it look bad (because thats a first as far as I know) and looked to record more violent crime rather than less? Could it be dear sir because their own research indicates that violent crime is set to fall while theft rates rise? Because that ALWAYS happens in a recession - and so recording more violent crime now will enable them to show an even greater reduction (percentage fall) that they will try to claim credit for - when it would have happened anyway (the bigger the amount recorded the bigger the fall).

Why do this you might ask? The answer is simply because next year they will be tortured in the press and in "The House" by acquisitive crime rises and will want to demonstrate that they (rather than the economy) are to be thanked for making Britain a safer place with regard to knifings and shootings etc.

What a bunch of disingenuous self-glory-seeking toads Coaker and his wormy ilk are!.

Here is a blog on the very issue - complete with links to all the literature and even Hansard questions and answers on the very subject.

http://bentsocietyblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/has-new-labour-spin-corrupted-home.html

“End the quackery in crime reduction.”

Robin


I wonder could you possible ask Vernon Coacker why the Home Office actually went looking for its own mistakes and looked to record more violent crime rather than less? Could it be because their own research indicates that violent crime is set to fall while theft rates rise. Because that ALWAYS happens in a recession - and so recording more violent crime now willenable them to show an even greater reduction that they will try to claim credit for - when it would have happened anyway (the bigger the amount recorded the bigger the fall). Why do this? Answer = becuase next year they will be tortured by acquisitve crime rises and will want to demonstrat tthat they (rather than the economy) are to be thanked for making Brietian a safer place.

What a bunch of dingenous toads. Here is a blog on the very issue - complete with links to all the literature and even Hansard questions and answers on the very

subject.http://bentsocietyblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/has-new-labour-spin-corrupted-home.html

Robin

Andy said...

maybe this

http://www.bjp-online.com/public/showPage.html?page=831582

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