So the “lovely” Cressida Dick has been appointed as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. I am not happy about this. The Metropolitan Police have in my opinion been bereft of decent and proper leadership for a long time and this has filtered down to what in my opinion is a shambolic police force from top to bottom. I have had first hand experience of police ineptitude, poor attitude and as for inappropriate police behaviour and wasting police time within their own ranks, well.. If you want evidence of this, just look at the group of officers that decide to stop off at coffee shops whilst on duty in South West London. I have more available. This appointment does change this in my view.
It is those of us that live and work in London that get the bum deal here. We do not have a protection agency that can do their job properly. In my opinion a large number of police officers do not deserve to wear the badges that they do. This is a bad thing for Londoners. However things get worse. You see this appointment is made by government ministers. I know what this tells me, I wonder what it tells other readers of these pages..
I haven’t even touched on Cressida’s controversy over the incident nearly 12 years ago at Stockwell Tube Station and to be fair this is a part of the problem but it does show weaknesses and a lack of ability in correct leadership in my opinion.
Simply the Police in London do not appear to do their job properly and rely on goodwill and sympathy from certain quarters, whilst really seeming to take pleasure in letting down those taxpayers, who provide the not inconsiderable budget for them to operate and pay their wages.
In my view what this means for London strategically really remains to be seen, but I do think that things do not bode well with this appointment.
Following on from last year, I have decided to do the same again and dish out my own annual awards. At this point I apologise for the fact that this post is more of an essay than a blog. Outstanding Excellence of the year award Derek the cabbie wins this one, to be fair he was in with a shout last year as well. The amount of scrapes and tight situations Derek has got me out of make him the most worthy recipient. Car of the year Range Rover Evoque. I have developed quite a sweet spot for the cars, they can handle well and go quick. A very good piece of kit. A well deserved award. A special mention goes to the Mercedes E-Class a from the point of view of being driven in one at high speed while highly stressed. A second special mention in a row! Airline of the year I never thought this would happen but EasyJet win airline of the year! They do actually deserve it 24 flights with them 20 were early. 2 bang on time and 2 late. These have seriously got their act together. Hotel of the year Hotel Angelo, Prague are the winners, a great designer hotel with competitive rates in a good part of Prague. I spent 2 months living out of this hotel at the start of this year. I also like the way I can roll out of a taxi after the late flight from London and into the check in queue at about 10pm, the barman catches the fact that I have arrived and immediately sets about pouring me a late beer which is ready once I have finished checking in! Very well deserved! A special mention does go to Hotel Seattle in Brighton for the second year in a row. Car hire Hertz win this one, again. I can’t believe it award! This one goes to Tesco. How could they screw it all up?? I cried into my coffee award The collapse and fall of Motor Boats Monthly gets this. Another nail in the coffin for those of us who are passionate about boats. Tech Kit Awards No change from Last year really Biggest Surprise: Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Customer Service, Lenovo. They are beating everyone else hands down at the moment. Software: Owncloud. A great private cloud alternative to the usual freemium services. Biggest disappointment: Apple. Going down the pan fast. Old values seem to be failing fast now. Hack: Cyanogen Mod: How to breathe new life into an old android tablet device! Pub of the year award The Hand and Racket pub in Wimbledon are this years very worthy winners. This is a great pub run by a very good team. Corporate idiots award For the second year in a row. The Child Support Agency. When will you ever learn to talk properly, answer questions properly and honestly and stop talking to a script that makes you looks like a corporate version of the Goonies?! Plonkers of the year Kingston Hospital. Incompetent staff, who tell lies and fabricate the truth and are generally clueless led by an incompetent and inept chief executive, who clearly is out of her depth and should not be in post.. Laugh of the year Manchester United FC. I never wet my self laughing so much in the course of a football season! Lifetime award for utter incompetence and complete spastication I have had to issue another of these this year. The winner is Kingston Police Station. Inept and incompetent. Never seen so much incompetence within the Metropolitan Police or any other police force for that matter. The Metropolitan police have a department for professional standards. They need to sort Kingston out because there are no professionalism and no standards at this police station. A waste of taxpayers money and a shoddy understanding of law complete the mix. They are therefore the most worthy winners of this award.
Some of you may remember me from way back. My name is Swiss and some of you will remember my alleged demise after being captured by the plod at Malaga Airport. They are bastards them Spanish police, but you can’t keep a good knife down. I may have changed colour but because of some clever planning I made it back into the UK under the cover of a sombrero and a bottle of sangria the other night! Has much changed? Nah! Memory stick and SD card are still in their rightful place in the bag and Court is still as ugly as ever! I have warned him though that the sharp blade will stab him somewhere painful if he ever tries to smuggle me inadvertently or not through airport security ever again. It does say a few things though UK Airport security is useless and the Spanish plod are better at airport security than the English plod. More piccys of me back on hallowed English turf will follow soon. Lots of love Swissy
The other day I was waiting outside my local station for someone to arrive and meet me after getting off a train. I was astounded to see a marked police car pull up and park on double yellow lines without the blues and two’s blaring. This I believe is illegal. The occupants, 3 uniformed police officers then proceeded into Starbucks and after purchasing coffee, sat around for 5 minutes before returning to their car. I must be only one that is appalled by this behaviour. I am being asked to pay more money every year in taxes to pay their wages and this is how they waste the time I am paying for. They clearly were not interested in doing any work whilst on shift or if they were it clearly did not show. London is awash with criminals that police officers are employed to catch. Their wages are payed for by myself and others and yet this is the respect they show for their paymasters. You and me. I dont pay my own staff to sit in Starbucks all day long, so why should I pay for them to do so? Polite notice to these officers. I want more value for money. Catch more criminals and stop dossing in Starbucks! Oh and observe double yellow lines like the rest of us do.