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Nadine Dorries
How low can you go?
Posted Friday, 12 October 2007 at 12:42



Not much further if you are Bedfordshire Police Force because this week it was rated as the worst performing police force in the UK. The worst, the last, end of the line,  bottom of the pile, the end – period.


Bedfordshire council tax happens to be amongst the highest in the country, so therefore if you were a Bedfordshire resident you could be forgiven for thinking that you would be entitled to some of the best policing, not so apparently.


I spoke to the Deputy Chief Constable of another force yesterday who was rated considerably higher. He told me that his force has one of the highest rates of inward migration and three major very urban centres.  He then reeled off  all the ‘unique’ problems his force has to deal with despite the fact that his force scored well!


However, that’s irrelevant, every force has its own set of unique problems, the fact is that we are the worst, the last, bottom, nowhere else to drop force in the country.


The Chief Constable absolutely has to resign and I have written to the Secretary of State to ask her to agree with this position.


The reason why I feel so strongly that the Chief Constable has to go is this: if you have resided over a deterioration in the delivery of police services to the point that the force scored poor in protecting the vulnerable and neighbourhood policing. you obviously cannot have what it takes, in terms of drive, vision and ability, to pull that force up by its boot straps; and get it back to the position it should be, which frankly, given that we are one of the highest council tax payers in the country, should be bouncing around somewhere near the top.


Chief constables should be directly elected by the public. At present they are exempt from public scrutiny and accountability. If I did my job badly the public will vote me out; the Chief Constable should be subjected to the same level of scrutiny. Nothing focuses the mind more than an election looming and someone else wanting your job snapping at your heels.


When Bedfordshire Police mess up in Mid Beds, I deal with the consequences. It’s my surgery which people attend to complain. I listen to the stories and it’s me who tries to put things right.


No one ever sits in front of the Chief Constable. She doesn’t have members of the public with serious grievances sat in front of her. She doesn’t have to hand out Kleenex and hugs and embark on three months of paperwork, that’s my job.


If it goes anywhere it goes to the Police Complaints Commission or the Secretary of State – now who is missing there? Oh yes of course, the person in charge of the Force which the complaint is about in the first place.


She didn’t console or work on behalf of the 80yr old farmer who was wrongly arrested by 12 armed officers, thrown into a police van and detained in a police cell for hours. I don’t even think she spoke to him.


 Or the innocent gentleman who was scared half out of his wits as the police, wrongly,  kicked his front door  in. No, that all comes to me and I just can’t help thinking that maybe, just maybe, if she had to deal with these people herself, and look them in the eye, she may feel a little more human about what she does and attempt to deliver a better service.


I have met many police officers in Bedfordshire and they all seem to me to be very committed, hard working and fair minded individuals. I don’t blame them for one minute. I blame the woman at the top and she has to do the decent thing and go.


A Chief Constable whose priorities are ensuring that she has a high enough female representation in the force, and that ethnic minorities are not disadvantaged in stop and search, has distorted priorities.


The big embarrassment in this for me is that Jacqui Smith is now the Secretary of State. I had to go and see Jacqui when she was Secretary of State for Education,  when raising the issue of the local LEA and how it dealt with special needs in Bedfordshire. That visit resulted in every special needs assessment in the county having to be re-done.


Here we go again.


On a lighter note, I was woken this morning by a text message telling me that, er, a part of my anatomy was featured on page 33 of the Sun. My first thought was thank goodness my father is not alive as I flew down to the post office for a copy of the paper.


It was all quite innocent really. It does amuse me that some female MPs complain about such things. It made me laugh more than anything .


Mike H said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
Absolutely right! For the level of council tax we pay, they should appear at the top of the league. I haven't seen much of the Chief Constable's arguments in her defence other than to say the current results are based on 'old data'. One other thing that did strike me was the size of the force - the smallest in the country, apparently. I heard it quoted at just 1200 officers. If that's true, I wonder to what extent we are suffering a problem of insufficient critical mass. There were discussions some time ago about merging forces in the interests of efficiency. Quite rightly the public prefer such things to be local, rather than see them controlled from some distant headquarters. However, maybe this is a force that really is too small to be effective?
Sweeper said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
Whilst I agree with your sentiments, I would hesitate in the call for her resignation.No doubt she will be put under immense pressure to improve the situation.Her promotion prospects must be in question at the moment and she now has a bad mark on her record.Forcing her to resign will cost both you and me, as Bedfordshire residents, a great deal of money to pay her off, probably a six figure sum. To achieve only 1 point out of 21, there is something seriously wrong with our force, but with you on her tail she has no choice but to improve. The Chief Constable claims her force is underfunded (using correct formula)to the tune of £4 million. If this is correct then Jaqui Smith has some explaining to do.
Charlie said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
Nadine, it is obviouly time you went down to fortess Kempston and showed this lady how it's supposed to work.Scoring 1 out of 21 ain't good. they give you more than that for spelling your name right.
BlueMonday said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
When my premises were burgled a while back and was contacted by the police, as keyholder, they told me to go and investigate and phone them back if the thieves were still on the premises.They couldn't attend straight away as the only car on night patrol was tied up on a job in the other end of the county.It would scare you to death if you knew really how few officers are out on duty at night for the whole county.
Andy said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
Mike H, the annual excuse is that the figures are distorted due to the new way it compiles and presents the crime figures. My theory is that crime is too lucrative for this government in terms of revenue raising and employment to zero tolerate it. Which means as we are bottom of the pile, Bedfordshire must be the best hotspot in the country for crims to operate.
David said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
Bang on Nadine. When I rang the police to complain about youths outside my house in Flitwick I was told that it came with the turf living on a housing estate.
Charles said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
Good grief, Nadine, one of your sentences has over a HUNDRED words in it ! You need to go on a communication skills course, pronto ! Or send Stephanie on one and get her to write your blog posts !
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
This Chief Constable wouldn't be a member of Common Purpose by any chance? If you don't know what Common Purpose is, visit: Common Purpose (CP) -a hidden menace in our government and schools Although it has 80,000 trainees in 36 cities, 18,000 graduate members and enormous power, Common Purpose is largely unknown to the general public. It recruits and trains "leaders" to be loyal to the directives of Common Purpose and the EU, instead of to their own departments, which they then undermine or subvert, the NHS being an example. Common Purpose is identifying leaders in all levels of our government to assume power when our nation is replaced by the European Union, in what they call “the post democratic society.” They are learning to rule without democracy, and will bring the EU police state home to every one of us. Common Purpose is also the glue that enables fraud to be committed across these government departments to reward pro European local politicians. Corrupt deals are enabled that put property or cash into their pockets by embezzling public assets. It has members in the NHS, BBC, the police, the legal profession, the church, many of Britain’s 8,500 quangos, local councils, schools, social services, the Civil Service, government ministries, Parliament, and it controls many RDA's (Regional Development Agencies). Cressida Dick is the Common Purpose senior police officer who authorised the "Shoot to kill" policy without reference to Parliament, the law or the British Constitution. Jean de Menezes was one of the innocents who died as a result. Her shoot to kill policy still stands today. Common Purpose trained Janet Paraskeva, the Law Society's Chief Executive Officer. Surprising numbers of lawyers are CP members. It is no coincidence that justice is more expensive, more flawed and more corrupt. And no surprise the courts refused to uphold the law, when a challenge was made to the signing of the six EU treaties, which illegally abolish Britain's sovereignty. Common Purpose is backed by John Prescott's Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), and its Chief Executive is Julia Middleton. The Head of the Civil Service Commission is a member It is close to controlling Plymouth City Council, where is has subverted the democratic process. Local people cannot get CP's corrupt activities published, because the editors of local papers are in CP, and refuse to let journalists publish the articles. The power of councillors is being usurped nationally by council executives, as CP substitutes “expert officers” and swamps councillors with paperwork and directives. The ODPM’s councillor monitoring officers can remove councillors who don’t comply, or try to stand up for democracy. CP started in 1985; in the 1990’s, with its members' cross departmental influence, it was involved with what then became the disastrous New Millennium Dome Company and the squandering of £800 million; it appears £300m of this was diverted into the web of quangos set up by CP. There is a fraud case over this, stalled in the courts thanks to CP's influence in the legal profession. Over £100 million of our money has been spent on CP courses alone, and its been hidden from the public, and members names are a guarded secret. It charges substantial figures for its courses. Matrix for example costs £3,950 plus VAT, and courses for the high flying ‘leader’ can be as much as £9,950 plus VAT. This money is ours, paid by government departments financing senior staff to become agents for CP, instead of loyal to their own jobs. Common Purpose (Ltd by guarantee, No. 2832875) is registered as charity No. 1023384. Given it targets the powerful, and charges expensive fees, its charity status stinks and should be revoked. Potential Common Purpose subjects are selected for training. Are they susceptible to being converted; are they in the right job, with the right colleagues and friends? Do they have power, influence and the control of money? If the candidate has some, or all of these key attributes, then the local Common Purpose Advisory Board decides if they can do the course. Common Purpose -training our future EU rulers -continued Trained leaders are encouraged to act as a network, enable other members' plans, and have meetings under the so called Chatham House rules. This effectively means their statements are not attributable to them, nor can attendees reveal information heard at a Common Purpose meeting. Council Officers are having secret meetings with, for example, property developer Common Purpose friends. No agendas and no minutes. Common Purpose Graduates from the public quango sectors such as the Regional Development Agencies attend, and have the power to award large sums of public money to projects. It is the worst national example of cronyism, closed contract bids, fraud and corruption. And unseen to the general public. Common Purpose undermines traditionally effective and efficient government departments with an overwhelming influx of new language, political correctness and management initiatives. The talk is of empowering communities, vision, worklessness, mainstreaming (sucking EU money into a project to sustain it), community empowerment, working partnership, regeneration and celebrating diversity etc etc. Documents appear about change, and reorganisation. As CP “leaders” become more senior they employ countless managers and bureaucrats. In time confusion rules, and things don’t seem to work properly. Management decisions are made that seem stupidly destructive. The organisation’s performance becomes sluggish. Undermining the NHS is Common Purpose’s biggest success so far, with bureaucrats outnumbering hospital staff three to one. David Cameron, who is pro Europe, uses the language and techniques of Common Purpose against the Conservative Party. He has appointed Ken Clarke, the most committed of the pro Europeans, in charge of his “Democracy Taskforce” -rather like putting the cat in charge of the safety of mice. Common Purpose specifically targets children from the age of 13, and more recently younger, for special leadership and citizenship training. Yes, it is active in schools, and again the average parent has no idea. People have contacted us to speak of their experiences with Common Purpose. A common theme is its all sweetness and light, until you fail to follow the direction set by the CP leadership. Then interesting things happen. Ladies in particular have been bullied at work, some have lost their jobs, some have become paranoid and depressed at the pressure from people ganging up on them. A typical story is a husband describing the decline in his wife from the time she becomes a Common Purpose graduate. Loss of sparkle, enthusiasm, anxious and ‘changed’, and she initiated a divorce. Other Common Purpose people lie when they are challenged as to their involvement. Common Purpose candidates are given a two day residential course in which they are ‘trained’ in a closed residential environment, such as a small hotel. They are encouraged to reveal personal information about themselves, such as their likes, dislikes, ambitions and dreams. Discussions are then controlled by the course leaders. Some participants have likened this to Delphi technique or the application of group psychology such as Cognitive Dissonance or brainwashing. If you suspect Common Purpose is active in your organisation, or see a pattern of incredibly bad decisions, money being wasted, notice bullying, fraud, or threats, note the names of those involved (we've tracked down over a thousand) and please contact us. And publish the truth about Common Purpose as widely as you can. Brian Gerrish 07841 464187, David Noakes 07974 437097; for action.
A loyal fan said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
Communication is something Nadine does superbly Charles. I take it you are a new reader. If all MPs communicated as well as Nadine, MPs would be held in higher esteem than they are at the moment. I would rather have an MP who says it as it is , than all the others put together who sit on the fence.
s said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
Blimey Nadine, what is all that common purpose stuff about?
Jimboy said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 October 2007
What money is spent on policing in Bedfordshire per head of population in comparison to other forces in the UK? Is there a correlation between this and performance?If there is an unfair distribution of funding then perhaps it should be other people who should resign.
Jane said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 October 2007
How low can you go? On an entirely different topic but equally deserving your title, and one close to your heart, I have just read an article in The Mail regarding abortion. The process used after 12 weeks is even more terrible than you have previously described Nadine. The foetal parts have to be disected in order to remove them. The Channel 4 program Dispatches has this as its topic next week. It is a pity that Westminster is so far behind the times that, as you made your case for a lowering of the time limit, that video evidence of such an operation could not be screened for every MP to watch.There are many blood and gore situations in life that those in authority choose to hide from the general public, but if we were exposed to them attitudes would surely change.
Nadine said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 October 2007
Charles, I do apologise. I dictated my blog yesterday via Bluetooth in-between a hectic day of meetings and surgeries. My poor staff probably found it very difficult to make sense of what I was dictating on the hoof!
John said:
Responded: Monday, 15 October 2007
According to today's (Mon) Telegraph Bedford Hospital Trust (and Luton and Dunstable) scores worse than the infamous Kent Hospital Trust when it comes to hospital bugs. It makes you wonder if Bedford(shire) has anything to be proud of in terms of public services, apart from you and Alistair Burt.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 15 October 2007
You very kindly acted on my behalf as regards the lack of available policing following two walk-in robberies in the village earlier this year. The response I received from the Police was there were no incidents reported at the times stated, I doubled checked with my source, who advised if this was the case where did he get the crime no. to claim on his insurance? Still we now have a village bobby which we share with Shillington and he has a bike. Evenin' All
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 21 October 2007
This is the same area where SS will take children into care in order to meet the meet numbers required for drug trials in children. It will be out soon in the public domain. If only they opened up secret family courts- then we could all see truth. Common Purpose is very real and you will recognise these kamakazee trained robots because they are a law onto themselves and do not take orders from Judges etc. How many people are still in a coma in UK?? Most- sadly.
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