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Dem last won the day on September 2 2015

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  1. Maybe I was being too subtle? My original comment was in relation to our PM accusing something of Corbyn that we had experienced from her although, to be fair, when 'the rules' didn't suit she just rewrote them!
  2. The sheer brass neck; "I suspect there are many members on the Opposition benches who might be familiar with an unscrupulous boss; a boss who doesn't listen to his workers; a boss who requires some of his workers to double their workload; and maybe even a boss who exploits the rules to further his own career." Unbelievable.
  3. Someone of her belligerent mindset will appeal just now. I think she will be next PM. Now, how can I emigrate and where shall I go?
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    It's not really hard to understand, is it? We deal with things that could quite easily overwhelm an individual. However, as part of a team we cope and perform. So what do they do? They undermine and reduce our ability to work as a team. It would be laughable were it not our mental health and the public at risk.
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    COMPULSORY SEVERANCE: The mother lode

    Wow. Cuts of between 25% - 40% on the way but no CS? Just how do they propose to reduce expenditure with no forced cuts to what they say is the most expensive cost - the wage bill? Well done them but I wonder what else waits in the wings?
  6. It it has to be said. It is an interesting position that this Company have adopted. When doing public order, did I ever feel threatened by the role that door staff did? No, not in the slightest. When it all kicked off I was glad of their presence. So why do I feel disquiet at this Company?
  7. Crikey. Just had a read of their web site. Frightening. Apparently, they will make a citizens arrest (fair enough) for those that they suspect 'may commit' an offence. Citizens arrest and may commit? Can I hear anyone else think 'assault' and 'unlawful detention'?
  8. What the hell? The irony is the use of the words 'spare time' and 'gained experience...emergency services'. With this lot dressed as they are, your average Daily Wail reader will be reduced to fits of rage thinking we (Police) are all moonlighting, little realising that we are specifically prohibited. I do wonder how they don't fall foul of the offence of impersonating a Police officer? The kit worn and role described are identical!
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    Pension Challenge

    So, what is the truth? Fully agree with you on your last point.
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    Pension Challenge

    So, let me get this right. Police officers are signing up not to challenge the Pension changes and have them reversed (as the advice is that this is unwinnable) but to change those who are slightly worse off to become fully worse off? Or, in other words, will fight to save HMG even more money (as this would be the result of the removal of transition arrangements) with no betterment for themselves? Do I understand this right? Someone please tell me I am wrong.
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    Pension Challenge

    Mark, I was a late starter. Do you suggest exclude me from the changes or forget about me from being tapered?1970, there is only one fair system. That is for you, I and all Police to receive what they were promised at the time they joined. Any changes should only have been applied to new starters, or offered as a 'voluntary change' as Labour did in 2006. Will HMG go back to that? Of course not, we let them get away with it. Please don't think that I, sitting as I am 9 years from being 55, am looking forward to a life of Reilly. At 55 I wil not get any where near a full pension and will miss out on the majority of the 'double bubble'. That some of my colleagues are envious of my tapered position is worrying indeed and shows just how insidious the change wrought by HMG has been.
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    COMPULSORY SEVERANCE: The mother lode

    They want to save a lot of money. Now. Natural wastage would possibly get them there over time, but HMG tend to think in 5 year chunks. CS would allow for reorganisations that show a saving now. Remember, if we are redeployed there is no saving. Most of the low hanging fruit was picked following the last round. So, savings wanted now, redeployment not an option, most of the easy savings already exhausted. What other option is there other than CS?
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    COMPULSORY SEVERANCE: The mother lode

    Why us? A combination of things, I feel. The 'perfect storm' if you like. Economically, politically and socially the time is right to take us down a peg or two. Are we seen by HMG as being a profession? I think not, hence pleb comments (or a suspicion that this is how we are viewed) and all the 'professionalisation' that is about to follow. You are so on the nail with your reference to 'keeping people safe' comment. This (and the opportunity to work as part of a team) were 90% of the reason why I joined up. The other 10% being the pension. I have seen so much change during my 10+ years as a copper and more change is to follow. You do have to wonder, what is the endgame?
  14. I came across this by accident... 'A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague. Marcus Tullius Cicero' ...and I really do start to wonder.
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    COMPULSORY SEVERANCE: The mother lode

    My fear? Being booted out before 55 as I am now on top whack, relatively low on service (so get less in severance pay) and working in a DC role that could be civilianised. What keeps me awake at night tho, is that I seem to remember that if I don't stay till 55 I can't get pension till I am 67. Does anyone know if this is correct?