Category Archives: Perspectives


Interim Comments on CPS Decision on PCC Clive Grunshaw

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have today announced their decision not to prosecute Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, after concerns were raised following a TopOfTheCops investigation of expenses claims submitted to various authorities between 2009 and 2012. … Continue reading

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Changing Roles

This site's coverage of the Police and Crime Commissioner reform has been, in a very Cromwellian way, 'warts and all'. TopOfTheCops covers the bad as well as the good, and points out the inconvenient. It should be remembered however that, … Continue reading

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Only a few coppers

Having decided that the time had come for a particular child of mine to stay in his own bed till morning, I have spent the past few nights enforcing this particular policy, and enduring the inevitable protests. At times these … Continue reading

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Independent investigation refers Lancashire PCC to prosecutors

The Independent Police Complaints Commission have today announced the results of their investigation into concerns I raised last year about expenses claims submitted by Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw in his former roles as a member of Lancashire … Continue reading

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A bit of politics

Congratulations are due today to Bob Jones, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, for outsmarting the Home Secretary on the politics of PCCs. Mr Jones, or some clever member of staff, has spotted that, while the Government went to … Continue reading

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The Excluded Middle

The 'Fallacy of the Excluded Middle' is committed whenever we inappropriately reduce a set of options to two alternatives, excluding other options such as those that are somewhere between those alternatives. I was reminded of the fallacy earlier this week … Continue reading

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Policing: The Only Way is Ethics

Today, you can find my comments on allegations that undercover police officers stole the identities of dead children here at MSN UK News #SocialVoices.

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The removal of local justice

Julie Iles ran as Conservative Candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner after years of service as a local magistrate. An unexpected consequence of standing for election as the Police and Crime Commissioner in Surrey has been my resignation as … Continue reading

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Senior judge makes ‘land grab’

Some of you may remember the summertime saga of how the country’s Senior Presiding Judge, Lord Justice Goldring, attempted to ban magistrates from standing as Police and Crime Commissioners or doing anything that might be dodgy for being excessively political, … Continue reading

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And so it begins.

Oh dear, did I blow the whistle on local politicians' expenses? I'm ever so sorry. To be fair, I kind of knew that saying “Hang on, I think you should have a look at this” was the equivalent of painting … Continue reading

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