Friday, February 16, 2007

John Reid Doesn't Quite Get It


I'm watching John Reid make a speech on the South London shooting. Unfortunately he doesn't quite get it. He's banging on about there being a 'huge reduction in cimre over the last ten years'. No one believes it because their everyday experience tells them he is not telling the truth. And what is the point of saying this during a speech on the South London shootings when even his own figures show that gun crime has doubled.

Reid is speaking in front of a backdrop with the Home Office logo plastered all over it with the slogan BUILDING NEW PRISONS underneath. Catchy, eh? Indeed they are building new prisons. Two. Ready in 2011. Well done Dr Reid.

But back to that slogan. I think we can do better. A slogan challenge for you. Complete this sentence...

THE HOME OFFICE - ................................
Graphic hat-tip Theo Spark

56 comments:

Ed said...

Tell the families and friends of those boys in South London shootings that crime has fallen!

No amount of statistics will make people feel safer. And if the Home Office has been so astute at building prisons then how come there aren't any places left?

Guido 3.0 said...

THE HOME OFFICE - Should investigate Policy Exchange?

Anonymous said...

THE HOME OFFICE - BULLSHITTING NEW PROBLEMS

Anonymous said...

"Still Not Fit For Purpose"
"Nobody's At Home"
"Don't Call Us, We'll Call You"

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

THE HOME OFFICE - WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE

Theo Spark said...

Building an Unsafe, Unjust and Intolerant Society

Matthew Dear said...

THE HOME OFFICE - BECAUSE CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

Anonymous said...

The Gnome Office

Anonymous said...

The Home Office - Intolerable, illiberal & incompetent

MAC

Kafka said...

I just checked their web-site & found this monumental pile of BS:-

Our objectives and values

Our objectives are to protect the public, and build a safe, just and tolerant society.

Our objectives

To protect the public, we focus on six key objectives:

1.protecting the UK from terrorist attack
2.cutting crime, especially violent and drug-related crime
3.ensuring people feel safer in their homes and daily lives, particularly through more visible, responsive and accountable local policing
4.rebalancing the criminal justice system in favour of the law-abiding majority and the victim

5.managing offenders to protect the public and reduce re-offending
6.securing our borders, preventing abuse of our immigration laws and managing migration to benefit the UK

By my reckoning, they fail on all of these. Can't we impeach the Government for a basic failure of duty? Of defense of the realm?

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dr random said...

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

Guthrum said...

The bigger the lie the more people will believe you- Goebbels (or perhaps Goering after the Reichstag fire)

Anonymous said...

Ther is an awful lot of nonsense being broadcast about what has been happening in South london. The reality is that it is nothing new, and both the Tories and Labour have failed miserably in the past. There's too much pandering going on. The police are ineffective, made so by government policy, and seem bent on being social engineers and not law enforcers. Multi-culturalism and emphasis on diversity based quaotas are not the way forward. It isn't just South london, it is everywhere - I've just been reading about the women in Plymouth who seemed to be arranging toddler baiting events. There's a big underclass out there and they need help and discipline. Really they need some personal pride and real hope for the future, jobs etc. I bet we'll still be reading about this sort of thing in 10 years time.

simon said...

The Home Office- Sponsored by SPECTRE, SMERSH, The Triads, The Yardies, Illegal Immigrant Smugglers Inc, British Yobs and Hoodies Assoc, Sponging Solicitors (Britain Division),and Tony Blia...erm...Blair!

James Ryan said...

THE HOME OFFICE - Keeps You In Your Home At Night

thatcher said...

something sounds fishy here!

Anonymous said...
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SimonW said...

The Home Office
Promoting working from home

Tom Paine said...
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jailhouselawyer said...

The Home Office flat pack is available from IKEA priced at £89.99.

Liberal Republican said...
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John Leighton said...
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no longer anonymous said...

He is going by the British Crime Survey. What he fails to mention is that a study by his own department a few years ago showed crime to be significantly higher than the BCS and the official police figures.

Lawrence said...
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2br02b said...

THE HOME OFFICE : WHERE SELDOM IS HEARD AN ENCOURAGING WORD

Brumbino said...

I have just visted the American website sloganizer.net and popped in "The Home Office".

The result?

The Home Office - Your personal entertainer

Anonymous said...

The response of Government Ministers and their Departments to the growing problems besetting society is becoming increasingly Orwellian, Kafkaesque even.

We really must rid ourselves of these creatures before it becomes too late.

Matters will only become even worse if Brown gets in.

Ed said...

Off topic: we need to change our constitution so that we can have "recalls" like in some States in America. How about 1.5 million signatures to trigger a referendum?

Anonymous said...

Home Office – Hollow Oratory
Home Office – Hopeless Oldbellend
Home Office – Hypocritical Obscenity
Home Office – Hideous Odour
Home Office – Hanging On
Home Office – Hapless One
Home Office – Handsome Oversight
Home Office – Hardly Overbold
Home Office – Harbours Outlaws
Home Office – Ham Ostrich
Home Office – Habitual Obfuscation
Home Office – Hateful Orwellian
Home Office – Hang Out
Home Office – Harsh Oppression

Anonymous said...

james ryan - 'round of applause'..

Anonymous said...

ed - or maybe if we get 3 million signatures we could have a 'total recall' - step forward Arnie!!

Anonymous said...

Strength through Joy (although I suppose that technically ought to be Tessas DMCS)

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javelin said...

BBC - forgets to mention when the Prisons will be built !

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6367013.stm

Anonymous said...

Mr Dale, I notice you have glossed over Mr Cameron's response to recent events, which is to force men to stay with their families. How will that work then, if the mothers think they are violent wastes of space ??

A Ball and Chain ??

This was a 'lead story' on the Today programme, and if they have got hold of the wrong end of the stick, they need to correct it soon, before they set a whole load of hares running..

Anonymous said...

let put it all into historical context.

A review at the time by William Conrad Kessler, on July 15, 1933, and published in The American Economic Review show how Adolf Hitler intended to move forward and finance his new policies.

He wrote: These laws are expressions of the policy of the new national socialistic government in Germany, of the fascistic attempt to combine the benefits of private initiative under liberalism with the protection of the common welfare by the state through socialism and economic planning. But at the same time it should be emphasized that the products of the legislation of previous German governments have not been cast aside with one blow.

Anonymous said...

Hoodies shooting each other...yawn.

Cheaper than keeping them in jail.

Funny how little (dead)Johnnies personna is elevated from minor infractor to (dead)sainthood.

A thug is a thug by what ever name.

Anonymous said...

THE HOME OFFICE - BRAVELY HIDING BEHIND STATISTICS

marquee mark said...

THE HOME OFFICE - we know where you live....

Richard Dale said...

Making You Safe From Being Offended

machiavelli said...

The Home Office: "You don't need to have a sense of humour to work here, but it helps!"

Anonymous said...

THE HOME OFFICE - The Ministry of Truth

hg said...

THE HOME OFFICE - Gleichschaltung

Will said...

THE HOME OFFICE - Reid it and weep

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

Hey, marquee mark [1.57 PM]. You pinched my slogan [10.17 AM] Play the game, old man.

Anonymous said...

The Home Office - Great for when you want to catch up on your emails, write that business plan without interruption, or even do a bit of 'tele-shirking' and catch up on the blogs !..'

Roger Thornhill said...

THE HOME OFFICE - FAFFING ABOUT WITH IMAGE WHILE REALITY BITES YOU ON THE ASS.

THE HOME OFFICE - ENSURING OTHERS ARE ASSISTED WHILE YOU ARE LEFT FOR DEAD.

THE HOME OFFICE - PANDERING TO THE AGGRESSIVE, NEGLEGTING THE SILENT.

THE HOME OFFICE - WORKING TOWARDS A SELF-LOATHING SOCIETY

THE HOME OFFICE - FIDDLING WHILE HOME BURNS

THE HOME OFFICE - BUILDING THE FOUNDATIONS OF A REGION RUN FROM BRUSSELS

THE HOME OFFICE - OUR WORDS RUN FORTH WHERE ACTIONS FEAR TO TREAD.

Anonymous said...

To the best of my knowledge there hasn't been a planning application made for the Belmarsh II prison. Nothing like red tape to delay the opening even further.

hopalong casualty said...

Off topic.

Here's one for the Department of Work and Pensions' Pathways to Work scheme for the disabled.

"Arbeit Macht Frei".

Observer said...

Isn't the new prison wing at Belmarsh the one Kenneth Clark budgeted before the Tories lost in 1997 and Gordon Brown cancelled in 1998 ?

Kingston Jamaica has the highest murder rate on earth at 62 per 100.000 or 1667 murders last year, 77% with guns and 15% with knives.

Did it ever occur to Dimwits at the Home Office that importing Kingston, Jamaica to Peckham and Streatham might be tempting fate ?

At least we get like America in terms of crappy education and ghetto crime but not in terms of policing or self-defence.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid that David Cameron doesn't quite get it either.

He says the parents need to take responsibility. Yes we all know that, but saying it doesn't solve anything does it.

He wouldn't dare mention drugs could have anything to do it so soon after revelations about his past.

He is worse than useless on this issue. He could have a long list of solutions to failed Labour policies that have led to children turning into gangsters, but instead he has nothing.

Lady Finchley said...

Anonymous 1:49

You are disgusting - these 'thugs' were somebody's sons, brothers and grandchildren. Children gone terribly, terribly wrong. Have some compassion.

What's your excuse?

2br02b said...

THE HOME OFFICE - MOTTO: "NACHT UND NEBEL"

Toque said...

THE HOME OFFICE - FOR WHEN YOUR COUNTRY NO LONGER FEELS LIKE HOME

lilith said...

Damned even, lest someone tells me off for my shit spelling