• What You Measure is What You Get.

    Einstein : Not everything that can be counted counts. And not everything that counts can be counted.
  • About me.

    I know enough to know that at 04.00am it gets dark out on the streets. It has done this for the last twenty odd years, to my knowledge and will probably continue for the forseeable future. At some stage in this ‘future’ I shall retire and probably won’t give a damn if it still gets dark at 04.00am. Until then I shall be out there, somewhere, lurking in the shadows because someone, somewhere will be doing stuff they shouldn’t and then, well then I will introduce myself. In the meanwhile I shall try to remain sane and remember why I joined in the first place and try to ignore all the people who piss me off by making the job more complicated than it should be.
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    Any opinions contained in posts are mine and mine alone. Many of them will not be those of any Police Force, Police Organisation or Police Service around this country. The opinions are based on many years of working within the field of practical operational Police work and reflect the desire to do things with the minimum of interference by way of duplication for the benefit of others who themselves do not do the same job. I recognise that we all perform a wide range of roles and this is essential to make the system work. If you don’t like what you see remember you are only one click on the mouse away from leaving. I accept no responsibility for the comments left by others.
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  • C.T.C. Constabulary.

    A Strategic Community Diversity Partnership. We are cutting bureaucracy and reducing the recording of target and monitoring related statistics. Our senior leaders will drive small, economical cars from our fleet surplus to save money to invest in better equipment for our frontline response officers. We are investing money to reinstate station canteens for the benefits of those 24/7 response officers. We have a pursuit policy. The message is that if you commit an offence and use a vehicle, we will follow you and stop you if necessary. It is your duty to stop when the lights and sirens are on. We take account of the findings of the Force questionnaire and are reducing the administration and management levels and returning these officers to frontline response duties. We insist on a work-life balance. We have no political masters. We are implimenting selection processes that take account of an individuals skills and proven abilities for the job. Our senior leaders will have one foot in reality and still possess the operational Policing skills they have long forgotton about and seldom used. All ranks are Police Officers first and specialists second. We will impliment career development and performance evaluation monitoring of our leaders by those officers who operate under that leadership. The most important role is that of Constable. All other roles are there to positively support the role and the responsibility of Constable and the duties performed.
  • Whichendbites

    “We trained very hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising. It can be a wonderful method of creating the illusion of progress while creating confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.”......Petronius
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    Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.
  • Reality.

    Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
  • Rank V’s Responsibility

    Don't confuse your idea of how important you are with the responsibility of your role.
  • Meetings.

    If you had to identify, in one word, why we will never achieve our full potential, Meetings would be that word.
  • There is always a bigger picture.

    When there is no answer to your problem, there is always deflection from the need to justify giving an answer.

That letter.

Well I arrived home from work this afternoon to find that amongst all the other junk mail on the mat was a brown envelope from that tried and trusted entity otherwise known as the  HM Revenue & Customs. I thought this might be worth a look before heading for the interior of the recycle box. This is the wonderful offspring of another attempt at an arranged marriage between Government departments to give ‘value for money’.   Efficiency I think was one of the words used amongst others used by people who try to convince everyone that shit really can roll uphill.

Anyway, upon opening said brown envelope it appears that there has been a minor lapse and the details of me, my wife and children may have been released out into the population by some form of strange and unfortunate error.

I am deeply heartened to receive a sincere apology from the acting chairman after he acknowledged  the fact that a copy of  ‘some HMRC data’  has been lost. This data is thought to still be on Government property but the good news is that Police are conducting a search.  I have not yet been called in to assist. I have checked in the kennel and it most definately is not in there.

You can bet your arse that who ever’s fault itis it will not be Government linked.

The usual sloping shoulders behaviour has been shown with ministerial verve and confirmation that they are working ‘as hard as they can’ to help resolve the issue. I understand that they have already laid the blame with some junior jobsworth and suggested that a lower form of pondlife is somehow accidentally responsible. Not once it seems but perhaps as many as 6 times.

Next comes the claim that the Government have spent more than ever on the HMRC, as they claim to have done on just about every problem there has ever been.

There is a suspicious trend emerging here.

We are working harder than ever to ………blah blah blah.

We have spent more money than any other Government…..blah blah blah.

We fully support our………….blah blah blah.

Now just pick a subject to fill in the space…..Armed Forces, Emergency Services, Schools, Animal diseases, perceived pressures caused by the perceived immigration issues, care of the elderly most of who have contributed for their whole life, hospitals, etc etc etc.

My message is simple.

Instead of spending more money than ever on promoting the brand why don’t you spend the money better on making sure that the product is right in the first place ? Why waste money promoting something that has a problem when you should be ensuring that itis right at the first attempt ?

If itis something that is worthwhile to the Country and actually within the Country instead of perhaps Uganda, then that might help

PS.          HMRC, Thanks for the letter anyway.

PPS.       Have look over at the Daily Mash, there is a different take on this.

 Gordon Brown was not amused and has taken steps to discipline his chancellor.

3 Responses

  1. you should check the scamorama website, very entertaining scams which have been ‘played along with’. Really funny.

    I had a letter too. Glad the government are on top of things. Ha ha ha . Not.

  2. I haven’t received mine yet. I am planning to send back a personally addressed greetings card, in a suitably girly envelope, which normally guarantees direct delivery. Within the card I shall pen the following. “If I lost your data, you’d bay for my job and pension to be forfeit, and vilify me in the press. Still, accidents happen – no hard feelings. Careless c****.” Mind you, by all reports, it’d take six months for it to get opened in the post room…..

  3. We’re all getting letters? Not had mine, it’s probably been lost in the post. If a couple of CDs get delivered in error I’ll let someone know.

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