A paratrooper who was killed in the Falklands is in line to receive a top gallantry medal after his case was highlighted by The Mail on Sunday, sparking a remarkable U-turn by the Prime Minister. Corporal Stewart McLaughlin, 27, who was killed leading British soldiers during the Battle of Mount Longdon in June 1982, was denied a bravery award after commanders lost his handwritten citation. The recommendation was written just hours after Cpl McLaughlin’s death on the mountain overlooking the capital Port Stanley where British Paras took key enemy positions. Within two days of the battle, British soldiers were able to force the Argentinians to surrender. Cpl McLaughlin’s citation described how he had ‘fought like a demon’ and inspired young Paras in his section by charging towards enemy machine-gun fire shouting: ‘Come on lads, I’m bulletproof, follow me!’He was killed in the final throes of the battle and hours later his medal citation was misplaced when officers from the 3rd Battalion,...
A national campaign to involve the public in counter terrorism kicks off today, with events across the country − including the West Midlands.
A range of activity to raise awareness of the threat from violent extremism will focus on five key areas: crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing, and the tools that terrorists need to operate.
Officers will kick off the week by encouraging businesses to consider ways that they can support the campaign and help keep the public safe.
Chief Superintendent Sue Southern, Head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, will tell an audience of business representatives in Birmingham this morning (Monday Nov 24) that the recent increase in the terrorism threat level demonstrates the need for everyone to work together to tackle terrorism.
She said: “Experience from around the world shows us that terrorists will target busy, crowded places to ensure that attacks have a maximum impact.
Today's Mail on Sunday has a go at senior Labour people who are too posh for its liking. Inevitably, their houses are valued in each headline.
Lord 'Charlie' Falconer, a cheery cove whom I have met, appears to have a £5 million house, which is bad enough by 'Mail' standards, but the paper caps this by calling him Lard Falconer. He won't like that.
I wonder what Paul Dacre's house is worth? Or his estate in the Scottish Highlands?
Nope, nothing to do me this one. This catchy little title is the brainchild of Professor Tim Hope, Professor of Criminology at the University of Salford, which is a place near Manchester if I’m not mistaken.
Following on from TMIC’s (sic) report on #CrimeStats Prof Tim has written a little blogette with the above title, and I must say it is absolutely SPOT ON, I’ll highlight the best bits for you, but for the full effect you can read it here. It’s not too long and quite an easy read, give it a go.
Having read Uncle Tom’s latest tome Professor Hope has published a five point plan for governments on how to improve their ratings by destroying the legitimacy of the Police;
1. Give the impression that you know how to reduce crime (but don’t be too specific)
2. Pretend that police recorded crime statistics are a true measure of crime and of victims’ needs (but don’t believe this yourself; use your own surveys)
3. Pretend that the police don’t belong to you any more.
The Ministry of Justice and its various mouthpieces are never slow in letting it be known from all available rooftops that this or that initiative will provide more efficient whatever at reduced cost thus benefitting all of us taxpayers.......Lo! and the water was turned into wine thus reducing the catering bill at Petty France.
Civil servants will say whatever their masters instruct but Justices of the Peace are above politics in their primary function as judicial office holders.For a Bench Chairman to comment in the press on the advantages ofthe amalgamation of two...
Fear is a powerful emotion. Let’s be honest, in the main, we tend to take notice of our fears, and for good, sensible reasons.
Large organisations suffer corporate fear too. They tend to have a serious fear of Whistleblowers, and any groups that are trying to assist Whistleblowers. So what do they do about it? They tend to get their retaliation in first and ‘Control’ their workforce with a Culture of Fear.
I have just been watching an article on my telly box, and it was stated, as though it were fact, that ALMOST NO Whistleblowers went on to keep their jobs. Now that’s a frightening statement for a start.
I’m not going to bore you with yet another blog about James, his story is now very well known. Although I do believe that the Met were uncomfortable with the level of support that James enjoyed and went on the offensive.