The Toxic Mix of Council and Police
When the Manchester Evening News (MEN) drops twisted information before the public's eyes it is betraying the public by leading it to follow a path that it would otherwise avoid. The trust that has been built up over generations is crudely seized and put at the disposal of unsympathetic agencies.
One notable example is the headliine from a few weeks ago. It is displayed to the right of this page. It is a glowing testimonial of the GMP successes which is so detailed as to be the work of GMP itself. It is as if GMP spoon fed the whole item to MEN. This is not the truth revealed by investigative journalism, this is information that some section wants us to know and believe, and if it wants us to believe it surely will have good reason to have the public thinking the way it wants.
Now why should the police want to lead public opinion by the nose? Is not its job to arrest crooks and seize drugs? Was this such a surprise that it justified the whole of the newpaper's front page to the exclusion of all else. It ignored the following stories that appeared in other national newspapers on the same day:
Any or all of these stories were available but they were ignored in order to prop up a corrupt poice service which accidentally did its job. Are we to believe that GMP will more readily serve and protect Mancunians because it mixes well with the right public organs? By putting the GMP cheek by jowl with Trafford MBC are we to feel more comfortable or better protected than might not be the case otherwise?
Not all police officers are out of the same mould and the same is true of public servants. Yet, it is certainly true that some pairs of the bad type do gravitate to each other. Witness Cllr Matthew Colledge, as Council Leader chummed up with a GMP officer to dig up some dirt on me. There wasn't any so the officer vented his spleen and unwittingly Colledge wrote it all down and sent it on official note paper. Virtually every word was false. This top man did it all rather than do an honest investigation of a staff member. That is one example of how the wrong type of chaps can poison a situation. Colledge has now disappeared off the radar.
Hazel Kimmitt is another staff member whose public service has not been to the benefit of the community, though the jury is still out on what really happened. She claimed that she was told by GMP that there had been no complaints of vandals driving motor vehicles on the green. We have our suspicions as to who would tell her that, but we can get no further than that. This is because Hazel Kimmitt has never divulged who said it, nor what it was. As PC Blackburn, on oath from the witness box, falsely claimed at my trial that there were no complaints the only voice that could have borne witness remained silent. On that occasion the benefit of the community did not weigh as much as protecting GMP. Such is the way that a toxic mix works. Kimmitt told me that she would only divulge what had happened if the police asked her. There was no chance that GMP would want her to do that, so the police were well protected from exposure as corrupt liars. What chance does an innocent man stand in court when everything is stacked against him?
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