Hard Realities…

Diane Bamber needs to heed them:

The so-called ‘shield run’ involves officers covering a distance of 500 metres in less than two minutes, 45 seconds while wearing full riot gear and carrying a shield.

But when Inspector Diane Bamber, 51, failed to meet the time limit, she claimed she had been left humiliated.

You’re a woman, and at the time of the test, nearing 50. Of course you couldn’t do it! The only person responsible for ‘humiliating’ you is you. But of course, in 2011, it’s always someone else’s fault.

She brought a sex and age discrimination case against her force, Greater Manchester Police…

Stop laughing at the back! She won. And so is in line for comp-en-say-shun, of course.

And it’s even worse than that:

The landmark case has opened the door for thousands of other women officers to claim payouts and has triggered a review of specialist police training across the country.


But maybe I’m wrong? Maybe this is indeed an awful case of discrimination?

Insp Bamber, a serving officer for more than 30 years who still works for Greater Manchester Police, attended an Initial Public Order Commanders’ Course in Lancashire in November 2008.

She complained to the tribunal that prior to the course starting she had been led to believe that she would not have to take part in the shield run. But on the day of the test, Insp Bamber was informed that all officers who wanted to be considered for events where trouble was a possibility would have to pass it.

She agreed to run but she did not finish in the allotted time.

And that would have been that, except the Police Farce is terrified of this sort of action, so….guess what? No, go on, you’ll never guess!

When Insp Bamber applied to retake the shield run, it is alleged that one of her colleagues remarked: ‘She’s got no f****** chance.’

In fact she did pass at the second attempt several months later – after Greater Manchester Police made it easier by raising the time limit to three minutes.


And even that wasn’t enough. She ‘cheated’ at that to give herself even more time:

The tribunal heard that on the second occasion, Insp Bamber gave herself the equivalent of an extra 20 seconds by starting at the front of the group. Previously, she had started at the back but the clock starts when the first person sets off.

I don’t think my blood pressure will take any more…

In her ruling, Judge Hilary Slater said Insp Bamber’s claims of indirect sex and age discrimination were ‘well-founded’.

Noting that the officer had ‘suffered humiliation at being sent away from the course’, Judge Slater added: ‘The tribunal concludes that the claimant was put at the disadvantage suffered by women and persons of her age group in that she failed the test and was not able to complete the training.’

*top of head blows off*

Ahhh, to hell with it. I’m going to nip down to the Forestry Commission and apply to be a lumberjack. I mean, I can’t use a saw and carry heavy tree limbs, and I hate splinters, but hey, can anyone STOP ME now? Don’t think so…

9 comments for “Hard Realities…

  1. June 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Were I a rioter, (I am not) could I request a bunch of 50-year old women on crowd control? Easier than those big 20-something blokes who play rugby for sure.

    • June 15, 2011 at 5:23 am

      Given the useless ‘softly softly’ way they now approach rioters anyway, it wouldn’t make any noticeable difference…

  2. June 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Plus, at 46, can I just say, I reckon I could do 500 metres in two minutes forty five, pushing my car! How can you not do this?

  3. David
    June 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    This country’s fcuking finished. Fcuking marxists! 👿

  4. Lord T
    June 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Wait till she meets up with some skinhead nutter at a riot. I’ll be laughing my socks off.

    Sadly, it won’t happen. She will never be put in the front line because if she is hurt then she will sue for something else.

    Where do I get an application for for Plods helicopter piloting team. I can’t fly but if they try and make me I’ll be humilated. I’ll retire then.

    Surely it must be hmiliating enough being publicly outed as unable to meet the requirements of the job but still wants the extra cash.

    • June 15, 2011 at 5:24 am

      Clearly, a huge payout is worth any embarrassment, plus the loathing of the officers under your command…

  5. Henry Crun
    June 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Once upon a time I was able to run 2.4km in under 12 minutes in full combat gear (steel helmet, combat boots, webbing and FN rifle). I’m almost the same age as Diane Bamber, still relatively fit but I suspect, as determined as I would be, I’d struggle to do 500m in full riot clobber in that time.

    Inspector Bamber needs to suck it up and realise that a lifetime of meetings plus tea and jammy dodgers isn’t the right recipe for physical fitness.

  6. June 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

    In her ruling, Judge Hilary Slater said Insp Bamber’s claims of indirect sex and age discrimination were ‘well-founded’.

    To me, this is the key line.

    • Lord T
      June 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Well it is key.

      However I think it is sex discrimination when I cannot join the Girl Guides and sex and age discrimination when I cannot join the Brownies.

      Next she will be suing because she can’t go to the mens loo and join in on all the gossip. That also will be ‘well founded’.

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