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Good Nightjack.

It seems that the demise of the Nightjack blog has come to pass and the world of the Police blogosphere will be a sadder place as a result.

Thanks for the excellent writing and the insight into how at least part of your world turns.

Many of your regular readers will miss your literary offerings and I will join them in wishing you well, now that the Nightjack blog has gone into storage or retirement.

There was some good recognition for the Nightjack blog paid from various areas including  the Independent,BBC’s Paul Mason  and Iain Dale after Nightjack won the Orwell Prize, or perhaps I should say swooped in and seized the award.


17 Responses

  1. He will be missed, that is for sure. I hope he left voluntarily rather than under duress and that he is moving to even better things.

  2. Probably under duress I would guess, the rubber heelers will no doubt chasing the poor guy for some stupid internal offence.


  3. Damn shame. I do hope NJ has not had to leave in his socks.

  4. Was surprised and disappointed Nightjack is no longer online. Does anyone know why?

  5. For those who haven’t read it or didn’t know:


    Thank you, you will be missed.

  6. Silence isn’t necessarily golden


  7. Thank you for the link. Disappointing news.

    Are any of Nightjack’s posts available anywhere else?

    I was particularly interested to find a copy of “advice for decent folk”. A must read for everyone who ever thought having truth and honesty is the best policy…

  8. Have you seen the news? He’s been outed and done. Bastards – one and all!

  9. Bugger to read that the blogger got busted. It’s important that we get an ‘unvarnished’ view from inside. You’re important and should be protected. Pat the dog.

  10. I think he touched a nerve or two..

    Still and all, if NJ reads this. Thank You!

  11. NightJack will be missed. As will MCM who’s also pulled his blog, partly for personal reasons but mainly because of what happened to NightJack.

    How many other public sector bloggers will follow suit?

    Yes, it’s always nice to see the press and judiciary striking another blow for free speech, openness, and views contrary to those of the establishment.

  12. Indeed. What a top blogger. I’m off to by the way WEB. Take care.

  13. stonehead. pcso blogs now gone as well. so much for free speach. tossers

  14. ….which has persuaded me to construct a blog….


  15. But will you continue blogging?

  16. At least for the time being, try a Google search with the term:


    Currently brings up 28 postings.

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