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article imageOp-Ed: Britain's police are ‘relatively honest’, says who?

By Alexander Baron     Jun 16, 2013 in Crime
In a new interview, Prime Minister Cameron claims Britain has a "relatively honest" police force, which begs the question, what planet is he living on?
A clip from David Cameron's interview has been published by the website of the Daily Telegraph newspaper. Only an Eton alumnus could make such a ludicrous statement: Britain's police are "relatively honest". Anyone who has seen the business end of our not-so-wonderful boys in blue - those of both sexes, whether or not they wear uniforms - will surely beg to differ.
No doubt Andrew Mitchell has long since concluded that the police are anything but relatively honest.
He is the Government Minister it will be remembered who was the target of a grubby little conspiracy - as most real conspiracies are - that led, after intense pressure by the media, to his resignation in the notorious plebgate saga. Yesterday, there were two further arrests in this scandal; these were reported today by the same newspaper. Relatively honest, Dave?
It remains to be seen if David Cameron has heard of the Challenor affair, but he has surely heard of the Guildford Four, the Birmingham Six and Winston Silcott, the latter whose unsigned confession was fabricated by a roomful of detectives. This case proves that even the guilty are not safe; Silcott was already facing another murder charge, of which he was rightly convicted, so why did they have to frame him - and two other men - thereby allowing the real killers of PC Keith Blakelock to go free?
David Cameron will certainly have heard too of Stefan Kiszko, who was framed not solely by a corrupt police officer but by a prosecuting barrister and at least one forensic scientist as well, which shows how deep the rot goes.
Police questioning of suspects is now recorded, sometimes on video as well as audio. Before such recording was introduced in the 1980s, suspects, especially those who had previous convictions, were often "verballed up" in the backs of police cars, the classic line was "It's a fair cop, guv." The police resisted the introduction of tape recording, and with good reason, when it was introduced, verballing disappeared literally overnight.
Britain's police are relatively honest, sure they are.
At Oxford, David Cameron studied philosophy, politics, and economics. He should know something about politics, but if he knows anything about economics, he isn't letting on. As for philosophy, he might just have heard of a bloke named Diogenes who walked around carrying a lamp in broad daylight. When asked why, he said he was looking for an honest man. If one of history's greatest philosophers couldn't find one in the middle of a market, it beggars belief that David Cameron can find one who carries a warrant card.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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