Published: 25 October, 2012
RUMOURS are now circulating that the 999 response teams based at West Hampstead police station will be moved to Kentish Town early in the new year and that the West Hampstead station itself is to close.
Since 1998 I have pointed out that the implementation of borough-based policing has hit 999 response times in Camden.
Unfortunately, the police no longer publish the same data as they did 12 years ago, so comparisons are now very difficult.
However the onus of proof rests with the police to demonstrate that response times will not be affected by such changes (and we all know how difficult it is to drive to Hampstead and West Hampstead from Kentish Town).
To date both they, and Camden’s Labour leadership, which effectively endorsed a centralised Camden police service by identifying Kentish Town as the location for an enlarged police base, are silent on this matter.
As for the police station itself, given that (last I heard) the police horses will stay at West Hampstead, why can’t the police station simply be jointly run with the stables?
I realise that the mounted police are run out of a different part of the Met than the Camden police, but we’re surely all one big happy family aren’t we?
And we are all paying the levy on our council tax bills after all...
Cllr Andrew Mennear
Leader, Conservative Group, Camden Council
IT was refreshing to see Gordon McIntosh’s letter (Scene is set to have military policing our streets, October 11).
It takes some courage to write such a letter and risk being called an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist, as sometime happens, by people who don’t know what’s going on.
One way to not know what is going on is to read the opinions of Rupert Murdoch. Another is to trust the dubious normality of the BBC on which its famous “impartiality” is based.
However on planet Earth there is an insoluble economic crisis, with its outcomes, some of which are: Widespread labour militancy in China;
The United Kingdom is also in endless crisis.
Here representative government is representing little save the interests of the small elite and local government dances every jig the Westminster fiddlers play.
Civil rights are disregarded in the streets and challenged in the courts under various pretexts.
And, like the rest of the world, austerity is the only policy.
Repression will rise as living standards fall.
And repression, which can never be confused with lawful and legitimate police action against crime, can take many forms.
Mr McIntosh may well be right in the scenario he presents (army in the streets). In that context there is one sobering thought. The constitution of the EU puts the leadership of the EU armed forces in the hands of a foreign policy.
So as unemployment increases and welfare decreases the media will give us a more slanted view to see by.
And in that patronising guidance, disguised as honest enquiry, one can foresee groups of “experts” on Radio 4 posing the question: “What will happen?” “What will they do when their welfare runs out?”
Yet that will not be the question.
It’s not even being asked about the right people.
The question to be asked is for the 99 per cent to ask the 1 per cent. “What will they do when the bullets run out?”
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