Britain’s cuddly coppers

January 21st, 2011

You couldn’t make it up.

In the last few weeks community policing has acquired a whole new meaning, which would have left Dixon of Dock Green speechless.  First, undercover officers infiltrating the street protesters, urging them to create more havoc, and then jumping into the sleeping bags of one or two of the females, when the day’s work was over.

And, today we have all woken up to hear that the private problem, which caused Alan Johnson to resign as shadow chancellor of the exchequer last night, was caused by the police officer, assigned to protect him, leaping between the sheets with Mrs Johnson, while Alan was preparing for his next assault on the conservative led government.

Allegedly, of course.

That was this morning.

But on the World at One  we heard the latest episode of another coppers’ tale. Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World, finally resigned over the phone tapping done of their behalf while he was editor. He still has not budged from his position that he knew nothing about what was going in his own newsroom. But he was so upset by the sight of the Duchess of Cornwall, being touched in her limo by a protester, that he decided he could no longer concentrate on his job as spinner in chief for David Cameron. So he has fallen on his sword.

The Met Police has still not managed to find any evidence to put before the courts of his involvement. The News of the World journalists who have talked to other newspaper men, including The Guardian and the New York Times, are not prepared to talk to the police or the courts.

I wonder why.

Answers on a postcard please.

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