I am grateful to @Shabster66 for bringing this Tweet to my attention:- @Blair_Gibbs: #FF for my talented team @RoryGeo @Edwardmjboyd @kmsosa – together aka ‘Four Horsemen of the #PoliceReform Apocalypse’
Those of you who have got to know me over the past few weeks and months can probably imagine the effect this Tweet had on me whenI saw it. Apoplectic if not Apocalyptic. If that isn’t designed to be confrontational and to wind up the Bobby on the Beat then I don’t know what is. As you may have guessed I Retweeted it with a certain amount of sarcasm and venom, so that you could all see it rather than because I agree with it. And the I got to thinking, this could be today’s blog.
So what do we know about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? How do they fit in with Police Reform?
Some folk would have it that the Four Horsemen are the most powerful entities in the entire universe, more powerful than any monster, Ghost, Demon or Pagan Deity and even more powerful than most Angels. Does that sound like Blair Gibbs and the Policy Exchange? Presumably Mr Gibbs thinks it does.
The 4 Horsemen, according to my good old friend Wikipedia, modernly represent Conquest, War, Famine and Death.
So let’s look at them one by one.
The 1st Horseman, Conquest. Presumably Blair Gibbs and his team already think that the battle is won and he has been victorious in his Conquest of the Old Guard, Police Reform is assured. The name could also be construed as “Victory,” as per the translation found in the Jerusalem Bible (the Greek words are derived from the verb νικάω, to conquer or vanquish). He carries a bow, and wears a victor’s crown.
The 2nd Horseman, is War, or mass slaughter. Well, there’s a wholesale slaughtering of the Police Service on the agenda, so I guess that fit’s in quite well with the Policy Exchange’s vision of the future shape of the Police and his Reform Agenda. The rider of this horse is dressed and red, carrying a large sword, suggesting that blood is about to be shed. Mind you, if Mr Gibbs thinks that the war has been won I think he has seriously underestimated public opinion. More and more people are slowly becoming aware of the potential (and real) consequences of this reform and are beginning to question it.
The 3rd Horseman is Famine. He rides a black horse and carries a set of scales, but I don’t think he’s meant to be a drug dealer. Well, Famine could be quite apt if the promised reforms go through with officers’ take home pay in danger of being cut. In my service there were Police Officers on Benefits and I don’t want to see that again. This Horseman is the only one that is heard to speak, and said “and see that thou hurt not the oil and the wine“, well you wouldn’t want to kill those two off, the government gets too much tax out of oil and wine to want to see it killed off.
And finally, the 4th Horseman is Death. Well we’re about to witness the death of the Police Service as we know it if the reformers and the Think Tanks get their way.. This Horseman is commonly depicted carrying a scythe like the Grim Reaper.
I have a sense of humour, not everyone appreciates it, but it’s there. I didn’t however see the funny side of Blair Gibbs’ Tweet. But now I can see that #PoliceReform will be Apocalyptic and that the 4 Horsemen are obviously gathering, ready to sweep it through, in the full belief, I assume, that they are the 4 most powerful people in the #PoliceReform process. I don’t know, it’s just my interpretation of a rather inflammatory Tweet. Feel free to contribute your own interpretations below.