The original purpose of the police was to prevent crime. The very presence of the imposing uniformed figures was often enough to make likely miscreants think twice. Officers in peaceful locations could spend entire careers without arresting anyone. A ticking-off here, a clipped ear there, was all it took to keep the peace.
The modern argument is that if there is no crime in an area, there is no need for a police presence. The counter-argument that the reason there is no crime is because of the police presence cuts no ice with the barely-used minds of the bean-counters. If that officer is not arresting someone every day, he cannot be doing his job.
In Labour’s target culture, not only did each officer need to make a certain number of arrests to keep his or her job, but the force as a whole had to make a certain number of arrests for each type of crime. Theresa May claims to have scrapped these targets but those Labour-appointed chief constables still use them anyway.
The purpose of the police is now to make a certain number of arrests within a set time frame. So rather than deterring crime, the police are now dependent on its existence. They cannot prevent crime. If there is no crime they cannot meet their targets.
The application of targets also means that if a force has met its target for arresting burglars for that month, they will be instructed to concentrate on another crime, one which is behind target. So if a criminal can find out when the burglary target has been met, he can then go out burgling, knowing the police won’t have time to chase him.
Incidentally, burglars can now break into homes fully confident that the homeowner does not have a gun. I’ve never owned a gun, but the burglars didn’t know that before the gun ban. Now they do.
When you set a target that states anyone making an appointment with a doctor must be seen within a certain time, it means that anyone wanting to see a doctor has to phone for an appointment that morning. Too late, the day’s appointments are filled, try again tomorrow morning. No, you can’t be put on a waiting list. Waiting lists spoil the targets.
Set a target for social services so they have to place a certain number of adoptions every month. It proves they are doing their job, but the job they are now doing isn’t the one they did before the targets. The child’s interests no longer come first. The targets come first. They’ll have to child-snatch to meet the targets but if they don’t, they are sacked.
But wait. Don’t the dedicated professionals in these jobs object to turning the whole point of the job on its head? Yes, they do. They object. They are told to shut up. They resign, or they fail to meet the targets and are sacked.
They are replaced by the sort of people who put targets above the control of crime, above the treatment of the sick and above the welfare of children.
So we end up with police officers who will caution a 15-year-old on a charge of criminal damage when he kicks a ball through a window. We have nurses who will let elderly patients starve and dehydrate while lying on soiled beds. We have social workers who will pursue parents with no history of child abuse and steal their child. We have doctors’ receptionists who don’t care what’s wrong with you, only whether there is a slot available to put you into. We have teachers who insist that their classes contain the right collection of ethnic groups but don’t see a reason to teach them anything/
This is not the case for all police, doctors, nurses, teachers. There are still good ones but every day, the target culture wears down the good ones and anyone who would have made a good nurse, teacher or policeman is deterred from applying for the job. Only the target drones flourish in a target culture. They have ways of dealing with whistleblowers too.
In time, the remaining dedicated nurses will quit or be forced out. Those police officers who took the job to serve the public will be replaced with those who took the job to meet the targets. The chief constables will see to that. The teachers who believe that a good education grounded in knowledge is more important than teaching five-year-olds about gay sex will be elbowed aside.
The target-driven system will only employ those who are target-driven too. Try to do the actual job, try to ignore the targets and you won’t get promoted. You’ll more likely get fired.
All we will have left will be targets and people who see the sole purpose of their job as meeting those targets. The public? We will become no more than the means of meeting targets. Every encounter with the police will be an arrest, every child will leave school unable to read or write but filled with socialist doctrine, if you complain to the school then social services will take your child away, and whatever you do, don’t get sick unless you are in perfect health.
People no longer matter. Only the targets matter. Simply stating that the targets aren’t being used any more is no good. Labour’s placemen are making sure they remain. What is the Coagulation doing about it?
They are doing what they always do when faced with something difficult to achieve. Pretending it isn’t happening. They will do nothing about it at all.
It’s not one of their targets, you see.