Sunday, 6 August 2006

Brian Paddick

On 7 July 2005, shortly after the London bombings occurred, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Brian Paddick, said:

"We are content that the security level was appropriate".
Which, you have to admit, was a pretty stupid thing to say. The day after four Islamic chaps slaughtered 52 people and injured hundreds more, Paddick said something even more stupid. He said:

"Islam and terrorism don't go together".
This is what was protecting us from the bad guys.

Paddick, Britain's top gay cop, sparked controversy in 2002 when, as Brixton's police supremo, he told officers not to arrest or charge people found in possession of cannabis. He is on record as saying:

"My view is that there are a whole range of people who buy drugs - not just cannabis but even cocaine and Ecstasy... It has no adverse effect on the rest of the people that they are with, whether this is the people they socialise with or the rest of the community. In terms of prioritisation, they are low down on my priority list."

"Cannabis does not appear to damage the community like alcohol, crack and heroine... I have never know anyone to commit crime in order to fund a cannabis habit".
Which, if you know about these things, is not just a politically correct thing to say, it's incredibly dishonest as well. Especially when the words are spoken by a copper who has to deal with the results of cannabis usage all the time.

As regards his sexuality, la Paddick says:

"I've been open and honest".
Which, according to a November 2002 letter sent to him by the Metropolitan Police Authority, isn't strictly accurate. Paddick had denied the claims made by former lover, James Renolleau, that he had smoked at least 100 spliffs with policeman P. He did, however, admit that Renolleau had used cannabis in their London flat. His lover was on police bail at this time, having previously been arrested for fraud.

The MPA's letter criticised Paddick for having 'demonstrated lack of judgement.' It also admonished him for failing to inform his superiors that he was cohabiting with a fraudster who was out on bail. All of which doesn't exactly inspire confidence in his 'openness and honesty,' now does it?

Paddick also thinks 'anarchy' is 'appealing.' It used to say so on his web site.

That's anarchy. You know, lawlessness, might is right, take what you want. Society's a drag sort of stuff. Here are a few other pearls of Paddickian wisdom:

"I am an ordinary gay man and I do things that ordinary gay men do."
"I've been open and honest about my sexuality".
Well, I hate to harp on the honesty thing, Paddick, old perv, but you weren't all that open and honest when you pledged yourself to your former wife, were you? I mean, getting wed just to cover up your homosexuality wasn't a very nice trick to play on a trusting, young bride, now was it?

And before that you got engaged to TWO other girls! It's not what most of us would call 'open and honest.'

He has also said:

"There is a wonderful mix of people here... You can be yourself in Lambeth and it's not a problem. You can be what you want to be... I've been open and honest about... the number of robberies occurring the area, about the fact they're more by young black guys as opposed to young white guys."
"I demonstrate I understand the local community by not employing tactics like dog-sniffing down at the underground station... I won't use Section 60, which gives the police the power to be stopped and searched."
Here's one last Paddickian pearl of wisdom for the unilluminated to consider:

"Lambeth people tend to be more forward thinking. There is a lot younger population than in other parts of the country."
So, young, black people, who do seem to commit the majority of the crime in the most 'anarchic' and violent neck of the woods in Britain, are, according to the pink and fluffy policeman, 'more forward thinking' than the rest of us.

That's us, the white, British law-abiding types, who, in comparison to the youthful, black Brixtonite, come across as rather backward thinking. In the PC world of Paddick, that is.

What do you think of that, you dinosaurs? I think that, not only does Brian bat for the other side, if you asked him whose side he wanted to be on when it really, really mattered, he wouldn't be the least bit interested in batting for an England as it used to be before he came along.

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