Illnesses! I started to feel a little unwell about 10 days ago, my hip was giving me a lot of pain, so I went the quack who sent me to get an X-Ray. The results show slight wear so no action required, but in the mean time I’ve developed shingles, not recommended! Painful isn’t in it. Hey ho all part of life and getting older I guess. When you look back at say 10 or 20 years it all seems to have gone too quickly, looking forward to the same amount of time I’ll be ancient, assuming I get there of course! Where has 2012 gone? A few months ago I was striding around the Excel at the Olympics, that seems like so long ago.
So the elections are over for the Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) for England and Wales (but not London) to represent 41 counties. As expected the turn-out was very low, less than 10% is some areas, with a high so far declared of 15%. The argument is though, that each Commissioner is representing a county with an electorate of millions in some cases, so 10% 0f 6 million is still 600,000 people voting for a candidate, in those terms it beats the election of MPs quite easily. But is it a mandate for the PCCs to trumpet their term in office as a turning point in the administration of law and order in this country? I doubt it, most of the candidates were politically motivated, and aligned so presumably had the backing of the main political parties. Which begs the question: why bring politics into policing? Because politics interferes with every other area of life, that’s why. Why should the police service be any different? The main problem as I see is that each political party has their own take on the policy of policing the police (heavy handed sentence!). The Labour guy will disagree with the Conservative guy and the Lib Dem will sit quietly in the corner mumbling to him/herself. Each politico will have different ideas on law and order, so that in the Conservatives’ case, they would want to rescind the European law on human rights, whereas Labour would not. And so on – or not.
The weather is now getting worse again, and bodes for quite a nasty winter again this year. Last year’s snow was bad enough, then we had the hosepipe ban, the deluge, a wet summer, and now the damp autumn; I suppose it ‘s what we were always used to in the past, but with more media commentary and better technology it’s more noticeable now. Still the weather is always cause for discussion in this country, I wonder if it discussed as much elsewhere? Discuss.
I’ve been watching a programme about Hitler on BBC2 and his effect on the German people in the 1930’s. Fascinating stuff, he apparently didn’t take advice on anything from anybody and used to go to his bedroom in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, and emerge at nearly midday having thought long and hard about decisions which were in the main accepted by his generals. There were a few who dissented, and one of these was Brech, who was instrumental in the attempt on Hitler’s life in 1944. But in the first years of the war he was held in the highest esteem by the German people; after they invaded Belgium and France in mid 1940, his popularity went right down and he was becoming a hate figure in some circles. But the most fascinating part was his hold over the population of Germany in the 30’s and the slavish way they voted for him and followed his speeches with rapture, which you have to admit were very powerful and well received. This was one man’s quest, and he had little or no backing. Was the population of Germany in 1933 (66 million) completely take in by this man? By the end of the war he was of course completely mad, and made the ultimate sacrifice. One wonders if the same kind of man could be as successful in this age? I’ll be watching the final part next Monday to find out more.
See you soon, please as usual any comments most welcome.