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A new Banana Republic?

Imagine a country where the police can’t be trusted to enforce the law, politicians can’t be trusted to represent the best interests of society, and the press can’t be trusted to impartially and fully inform the public.

This isn’t the description of a third world Banana Republic, but unfortunately the worrying trend in the UK. The heroic efforts of a handful of journalists and MPs to uncover the truth behind the recent phone hacking scandal should not be allowed to rest there. The accusations of police bribery and corruption are paramount in this story as it reveals not just police failings or bad decision making, but potential complicity with the unpleasant activities of the media.

Unsavoury conduct in the police is likely to reveal that they were often the press’ source of personal details (such as names and contact details of victims and suspects) thus facilitating phone hacking in the first place (see notes from the Metropolitan Police Authority meeting in 2009 in link below).

The extent of bribery, corruption and coercion by some in the media could also explain why earlier police investigations seemingly found no major issues, and may even reveal how senior executives in the media organisations must have been aware of, or even sanctioned unscrupulous behaviour, through authorising payments.

I wonder if the amount of corruption identified so far is only small because of a lack of looking under enough rocks by truly independent investigators.

Potentially corrupt police officers cannot investigate allegations of their own corruption!

Perhaps we all need to support London Mayoral candidate and MPA member Jenny Jones in her request that we get a formal declaration from all officers involved in the MET Investigations (Operations Weeting & Elveden) that they have never and are not receiving any inappropriate payments or are under any undue pressure or influence from outside sources:

Jones quizzing MET commisioner

Without a trusted police force, it is frightening to think what is now possible. A non-elected corporation which has files on the private lives of politicians, the police, celebritries and members of the public. Information is acquired illegally either by phone hacking (which is akin to tapping is it not?) or by bribing the police. This intel is then used to apply undue influence on anyone who dares to stand up against the firm.

The media’s duty is to acquire (through legal and legitimate means) information to inform the public of illegal behaviour. Instead they have engaged in illegal conduct to acquire information on various peoples’ perfectly legal (if salacious) behaviours.

The police’s duty is to uncover and pursue illegal conduct. Instead they have monumentally failed to pursue this illegal conduct, and what is more, all but covered it up.

We have a history in this country of distrusting politicians, the press and powerful businessmen, but to begin to severely distrust the police is a very worrying consequence of this whole episode.

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  1. July 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    WHO ARE THESE MPs DEDICATED TO TRUTH AND JUSTICE? (2nd para.)

    I have contacted Wider Westminster over the last year, reporting the Conservative ‘false instrument’ used by 9-minimum MPs to gain votes. Few answer and then only to say they can’t engage.

  2. July 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Barrie

    The two I was referring to are Tom Watson and Chris Bryant:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tony-blair-accused-of-trying-to-silence-rupert-murdoch-critic-2311631.html

    Seems that the NI empire was able to intimidate and coerce anyone they couldn’t directly bribe:

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/politics/article-23968124-some-mps-suspected-a-year-ago-but-nobody-wouldve-believed-it.do

  3. July 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

    It does appear somewhat that the police investigators allowed themselves to be compromised by indiscretions in their personal lives:

    “Shortly after Scotland Yard began its initial criminal inquiry of phone hacking by The News of the World in 2006, five senior police investigators discovered that their own cellphone messages had been targeted by the tabloid and had most likely been listened to. [This]… raises the question of whether senior investigators feared that if they aggressively investigated, The News of the World would punish them with splashy articles about their private lives.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/world/europe/12yard.html?_r=2&hp

  4. July 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

    It seems that the BBC blogs didn’t like my reference to a “protection racket”, despite Hugh Grant raising this last week, and the somewhat pertinent definition from Wikipedia:

    “Traditionally, the word racket is used to describe a business (or syndicate) that is based on the example of the protection racket and indicates a belief that it is engaged in the sale of a solution to a problem that the institution itself creates or perpetuates, with the specific intent to engender continual patronage. “

  5. July 27, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Kleptocracy is a bitch!

    Thatcher sold her office, using her son as bagman. All downhill from there!

    As an ex Taxes Investigator, I suggest you …….. shhhhh… follow the money? Banking nhas been used for laundering bribe money and drugs and gun running, influence peddling and coups in other countries. Why not in UK?

    COUP ALERT!

    A war criminal led the labour party because a good man, Smith, died.

  6. July 27, 2011 at 6:41 am

    A learned Judge said it was an appalling vista, but then they were just fookin paddies ….. it is different when the pollie games affect those who think they are the country, isn’t it?

    Police have been corrupt in UK for decades, hence PACE etc. First they came for …. ? Time to clean house else the next war will!

  7. July 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Patrick

    Follow the money indeed! It seems it all leads off-shore! Just getting my teeth into Nicholas Shaxson’s “Treasure Islands”.

    Seems that it’s all rotten to the core. Thankfully Jenny Jones plans to quiz the MET quite thoroughly today:

    http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/22-07-2011-mpa-meeting-pinging.html

    P.S. A little off-topic, but you might be interested in this article about the siege of Iran:

    http://www.thefinancialmarketnews.com/don%E2%80%99t-get-it-twisted-we-are-already-at-war-with-iran

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