I had heard a vicious rumour that the number of warranted officers was destined to be reduced to 80,000.
I still don’t know if there is any truth to the rumour but a few things have happened since then that tend to support the rumour mill.
Firstly, Gidiot delivered his Autumn Statement in which he tried to convince us that although the National Deficit had actually increased, all was well and he continually referred to being ‘on course’.
In short order the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) proclaimed the Autumn Statement was unsustainable without ‘colossal cuts’ in the years to come.
This was followed by me receiving two Tweets from Jeffrey Harris, Deputy PCC of Surrey, in which he estimates that 49.000 jobs across the Service are in jeopardy over the next five years.
The first was;
And the second;
Mr Harris’ blog contains the following paragraph;
“The current Government have already made it clear that Education, Military and Health spending will be protected. ( Along with other protected Departments-leaving just a few including those charged with maintaining a sense of safety for us all to carry the burden).”
So, no mention of Police budgets being protected, and, indeed, we weren’t expecting them to be, to be honest.
Nil protection on the budgets, FIVE more years of Austerity (at least). So what do you think? Do you think those wicked rumours might be true?
BBC News reported;
“Forecasters predict public spending will fall to levels not seen since the 1930s, suggesting the loss of one million public sector jobs by 2020.”
Maybe, just maybe, this is the real reason why Boris unilaterally ordered a couple of Water Cannon? Because he knew what was coming and there wouldn’t be enough troops to quell the riots? Who knows?
Answers on a postcard please. Will the last one out please turn off the lights.