Greater Manchester Police Federation chair tells Tory MP Nigel Evans to ‘get over’ himself

Police Band, Manchester Remembrance, November 2010 by Stuart Grout

A police chief from Greater Manchester criticised the Tory MP Nigel Evans on Tuesday for his complaints about how the local police handled hostile crowds at the Conservative conference in the city last week.

Ian Hanson, chair of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, a trade union for the city’s force, responded to remarks from Evans in the Commons describing protestors’ behaviour as “vile abuse tantamount to hate crimes”, and demanding answers from local police.

As reported by the Right Dishonourable, the event saw journalists spat on and one young Tory hit in the forehead with an egg. Some 19 people were arrested throughout the course of the conference.

However Hanson rebutted Evans’ criticism, according to Manchester Evening News:

“Mr Evans has had a glimpse into the real world of what policing looks like in 2015, which is the fact that we do not have the police officers to provide a ‘ring of steel’ around him as we once did.

“Things got a bit uncomfortable and we dealt with it – get over yourself Mr Evans, you are no more important than everybody else in Manchester who gave up their police officers to keep you safe. You should be thanking the communities and police officers of Greater Manchester, not attacking them.”

The police chair went on the note that Greater Manchester Police has lost nearly 2,000 officers since 2010, in a climate of government cuts under the Tory-Liberal coalition.

Police chiefs have called policing the event “incredibly complex”, owing to some 70,000 protestors thought to have turned up during the four-day conference – making it the biggest demo in Mancunian history according to Hanson.

“Mr Evans makes no mention of the long hours worked by the men and women of GMP and the months of planning that went into the policing effort,” he added. “Instead, he focuses in on what affects him.”

Image Credit – Police Band, Manchester Remembrance, November 2010 by Stuart Grout

Podcast (ep. 18): Conservative Conference, EU Referendum and Russia in Syria

David Cameron at Conservative Conference Manchester, October 2015 by the Conservatives

After three weeks apart Jazza and Jimmy are finally reunited, and the sexual tension has never been greater.

We discuss the protests and content at the Tory party conference in Manchester, the egg slinging, the leadership posturing, the weird standing and everything in between.

We then segway seamlessly into the EU referendum campaigns being launched and how scared Jazza is of leaving, before finally, offering some interesting perspectives on Russia choosing to barge it’s way into Syria. Is it such a bad thing?

Image Credit – David Cameron at Conservative Conference Manchester, October 2015 by the Conservatives

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell thinks spitting can be legitimate form of protest

John McDonnell, November 2011 by Transition Heathrow

Anti-austerity protestors who gobbed on journalists at the recent Tory conference were condemned by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn quickly after it had happened.

A spokesman for Corby said: “Jeremy strongly agrees with [Trades Union Congress general secretary] Frances O’Grady, what has happened is inexcusable and journalists must be able to do their jobs.”

Yet footage has emerged that suggests not everyone in Corbyn’s shadow cabinet agrees that spitting can never be used as a form of protest, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell addressing an anti-austerity rally in April 2011 as follows:

“I always give the example of P&O, when I worked for RMT as well. In the P&O dispute we had some real difficulties and all the rest of it. People said: ‘Well, we lost.’ But the strike was difficult and the struggle went on.

There was one woman in all of that said: ‘I don’t care just we have to keep our heads up high and if we go back, we go back.’[Then] she said: ‘But I make the manager’s tea, and I spit in it everyday.’”

McDonnell went on to justify such “direct action” by saying it builds up a “climate of dissent” that could “bring this [coalition] government down”:

“And it’s that form of we’re not taking it any more, and we’re going to give it back, [that] I think builds up a climate of opinion, a climate of dissent. Which I actually think, when combined with industrial action, will produce a tipping point that will force this government out of office, and that’s got to be our objective.”

“This isn’t about mild-mannered debates or anything like that – we’re winning the argument. This isn’t about just tokenistic demonstrations. This is absolute determination that we’ve got to bring this government down.

McDonnell is presumably referring to the dispute between the National Union of Seamen (NUS) and the shipping company P&O in the late 80s, a history of which can be found in this document.

A considerable photo gallery of the strike can also be seen on the photographer Mik Critchlow’s website.

Image Credit – John McDonnell, November 2011 by Transition Heathrow

Boris Johnson in 2001: ‘Bin Laden should die, but we must try him first’

Boris Johnson, November 2011 by BackBoris2012 Campaign

Grandstanding at the Tory conference on Wednesday, David Cameron took the opportunity to attack Jeremy Corbyn for his description of the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden as a “tragedy”.

As the Right Dishonourable has now pointed out twice, the video in which the Labour leader is quoted from makes it clear that  for Corbo the escalation of violence and the snuffing out of the rule of law is the real “tragedy”:

“On this there was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him [bin Laden], to put him on trial, to go through that process. This was an assassination attempt and is yet another tragedy upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center attack was a tragedy, the war in Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”

In return for this Cameron lambasted Corbyn for his “security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology”.

For a conservative it is strange to attack support for the rule of law as part of a “Britain-hating ideology”, especially since, as all good Tories know, it is partly Britain’s reputation for strong law that makes us such an attractive place to invest.

But stranger still is the implicit attack by Cameron on London mayor and Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson, even if his preferred successor is chancellor Gideon “George” Osborne.

Way back in December 2001, as the fumes from the destruction of the Twin Towers were still strong in the nostrils of New Yorkers, Johnson took to his column in the Torygraph to reject the notion that British squaddies should perform a summary execution if they came across bin Laden:

“Bin Laden should be put on trial; not in Britain, but in the place where he organised the biggest and most terrible of his massacres, New York.

“He should be put on trial, because a trial would be the profoundest and most eloquent statement of the difference between our values and his. He wanted to kill as many innocent people as he could. We want justice. It was a trial that concluded the tragic cycle of the Oresteia, and asserted the triumph of reason over madness and revenge.”

At the end of his piece Johnson does skirt over Britain’s commitment not to hand over crooks to the Yanks if there is a danger of them being executed (as was true in New York at the time), which does rather spoil things.

But even so, once this article is brought to Call Me Dave’s attention he will no doubt waste no time in denouncing Johnson for his “security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology”.

We await the prime minister’s response.

Image Credit – Boris Johnson, November 2011 by BackBoris2012 Campaign