Stephenson Resigns: Now time to democratise the police…

Until this point, the police have remained relatively unscathed by #Hackgate, the concentration on Murdoch’s ailing empire has aided this as does the media’s natural fascination with itself. However, there are serious questions to be answered by senior figures in the Metropolitan Police and indeed its already dubious integrity has probably been damaged beyond repair. Tonight, the Metropolitan Police Commissionaire; Sir Paul Stephenson has resigned.

Earlier, it seems the Met are actively conniving in limiting the testimony Rebekah Brooks can give to the DCMS Select Committee hearing on Tuesday she was supposed to testify before, in fact, its likely she will not be able to testify at all. Speculation is also rife that James Murdoch will be arrested Tuesday which will conveniently have the same effect. People will say the police investigation is more important but in this instance it clearly is not. As is the case with News International we need to look at structural solutions to problems of institutions which have been found wanting. In such a situation the Metropolitan Police cannot and should not be trusted to conduct a fair and impartial investigation. It is therefore a situation where the testimony before the Select Committee should take precedence.

All these events show that the police need to be subject to democratic accountability and independent, similarly accountable, scrutiny. I have said before I don’t support elected Police Commissionaire’s because I feel they concentrate too much power in the hands of an individual. Instead, what we need to see is the extension of the powers of Police Authorities and a move to direct elections to these authorities (as opposed to elected representatives sitting on them). Only through this will we be able to make the police accountable to the communities they serve in the way they should be, not the sycophants and servants of corrupt institutions like News International.

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10 responses to “Stephenson Resigns: Now time to democratise the police…”

  1. gillig says :

    Brooks/Murdochs want to answer as many questions as possible before a trial, to get the trial declared predudiced by unfair publicity, case dismissed.

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  2. darrellgoodliffe says :

    @Gillig,

    You may have a point there….ably assisted as they are by their best buddies in the Met…

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  3. gillig says :

    I would suggest that the Met are moving fast for this reason. It is in their interests to see a successful prosecution.
    Whatever the outcome the Met will go on. Cover ups are not in heir long term interests.

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  4. darrellgoodliffe says :

    Oh come on! They are all up to their necks!

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  5. gillig says :

    That’s not the way the Bill is structured. The corruption will be in pyramids of rank, leading to a high ranking individual. It’s not rotten throughout; it’s just got too much rot at the moment.
    All the press aren’t corrupt and I bet you could even find an honest politician under the right stone.

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  6. John p reid says :

    the Met are actively conniving in limiting the testimony Rebekah Brooks can give to the DCMS Select Committee hearing on Tuesday she was supposed to testify before, in fact, its likely she will not be able to testify at all.
    wheres our proof for this darrell?

    Surely the MPA is democracy for the Met, Note Stephensons resigned over taking a £12,000 free break in ahealth spa after an operation, not to do with the hacking scandal.

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  7. gillig says :

    So let’s get this right. We now have corrupt politicians questioning corrupt newspaper executives about corrupt policemen. That should get somewhere

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  8. darrellgoodliffe says :

    Gillig,

    No not every single individual is but the institution is corrupt and undemocratic; hence the call for democracy.

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  9. gillig says :

    Bomb Belgium!

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  10. darrellgoodliffe says :

    @Gillig,

    No.

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