Oh, Look, My Job Is Just Too Hard…!

Hull divisional commander Chief Superintendent Rick Proctor said the police had reviewed their response to horse fairs staged by travellers following last year’s events.

Because it was, to put it mildly, inadequate. And why? Well, because it’s just too difficult!

“It is a very difficult situation because of the very nature of the people who tend to gather for these events.

“It can be difficult to pinpoint who they are and where they might be coming from.”

Well, that’s why the taxes demanded from us under duress go to pay for the shiny cars and other equipment you have for these situations.

And who promised you an easy job anyway?

“There is legislation available to set conditions for a preferred route that can be agreed in advance.

“We are currently looking at that option because it will allow us to manage it and keep people safe.

And who’ll pay for this? Oh, wait, don’t tell me. I can guess.

“If we just chose to move them on, the problem just goes somewhere else.

“Trying to ban it or block it would be very difficult to do.”

Again I’m forced to ask – why do we pay you an eye-watering salary, if not to take the tough decisions?

11 comments for “Oh, Look, My Job Is Just Too Hard…!

  1. Viscount Rectum
    April 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Mmm Travellers, sounds like we could take a leaf out their book, we may despise their life style but they stand up for themselves and balls to the police, Councils, depts of taxation,DVLA and laws that dont suit them, its called freedom.

  2. April 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Certainly it is hard to oppress people who have no assets to be seized, deal exclusively in cash, can’t be intimidated by threat of arrest, etc., etc.

    What is the threat of an enhanced criminal records check to a traveller or gypsy?

    Presumably this is why they have been persecuted by every totalitarian government in history for the refusal to conform. Good on them.

    I’ve even got a certain sympathy for them buying up land and converting them into somewhere to live. It just goes to show the ridiculous lengths that the various planning acts have gone to raise the price of development land in this country.

    The old adage about “Bad laws don’t last” doesn’t seem to apply to the UK.

    • Penseivat
      April 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      I would suggest that your personal involvement with travellers is fairly small. Mine isn’t. There are the travellers who invaded a hospital ward after one of their (drunken) relatives crashed a car (which wasn’t his). They demanded doctors and nurses leave all the other patients to treat him; they blocked corridors; they wandered into other wards and nicked, or tried to, anything that wasn’t nailed down; the mess they left behind caused the hospital authorities to place a rubbish bin in the corridor – they nicked that! Then there are the travellers who refused to acknowledge who they were when a Police officer tried to deliver a death message – and while this was happening, others were undoing the nuts on the front wheels of the Police car. There are the travellers who throw bags of human and animal faeces over garden fences rather than dispose of them in provided (but soon nicked) waste bins. It’s not freedom they want, it’s the right to treat everyone else with contempt and disdain as long as they are not inconvenienced. I am sure that there are travellers who leave parks, school grounds, playing fields and cricket pitches in as good as, or even better state, when they leave than it was when they moved on, but I can’t ever recall hearing about it or seeing it. Perhaps Mt Gault has?

      • April 3, 2013 at 5:45 am

        “It’s not freedom they want, it’s the right to treat everyone else with contempt and disdain as long as they are not inconvenienced. “

        Spot on!

  3. Penseivat
    April 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Apart from the possible Police actions – checking vehicles and documents of those arriving by that method and ‘advising’ of offences of obstructing the highway, etc, this is an ideal opportunity for the local authority to show they treat everyone absolutely equal. The insurance indemnity required by everyone else; the health and safety requirement to wear hi-viz jackets and headgear (especially for the Chiiiiiiildreeeeen) and is there still a requirement for name and adress of the owner of the cart to be painted on the left hand yoke? I can just imagine Councillor Jobsworth and all the other workers from the Council Jobsworth department standing in the road. The travellers wager thousands of pounds on these road races and it has been known for members of the public who have inadvertently been knocked down or got in the way, threatened with legal action to recover lost wagers, or worse. Personally, I would think 2 or 3 million ball bearings scattered along the road would liven things up considerably.

    • April 3, 2013 at 5:45 am

      A bit tough on the horses, who have an appalling enough life already. Not that the RSPCA gives a damn.

  4. amfortas
    April 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Maybe the Police can have a ‘take a traveller to work’ day. Or join in their ‘cultural celabrations’ in ‘solidarity’ like they do with Buggers and Sodomites. Oh, and do they recruit from the treveller ‘community’? If not, why not. Are there no traveller Detective Inspectors? No traveller Assistant Chief Constables? Rick Proctor’s ‘diversity’ people should talk to the traveller ‘Diversity’ people.

    • Penseivat
      April 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      The only traveller I knew who tried to join the Police was beaten up by his own family. There weren’t many recruits from that part of the community after that!

      • amfortas
        April 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm

        Clearly there will have to be a quota. Travellers will have to be mandated to join, like women in boardrooms. Er…. know any women who have been beaten up for applying for a directorship?

  5. April 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Well, that’s why the taxes demanded from us under duress go to pay for the shiny cars and other equipment you have for these situations.

    Except in their eyes, of course.

  6. Greg Tingey
    April 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Meanwhile, they will take enormous joy in banning something like Whittlesea Straw Bear, or a British Legion march to a War Memorial, for fake “safety” & crowd control reasons, won’t they?

    [ Note – fake-safety.
    I do hope everyone has noticed the REAL Health & Safety people have finally had enough, and come out publicly against all the fake “safety” non-reasons given by petty jobsworths for banning things…. ]

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