Chris Huhne – Ignorant to the core.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

I read a very interesting article on the BBC News Website the other day which highlighted the number of police officers currently serving in England and Wales with criminal convictions. Chris Huhne, spokesman for the Liberal Democrats and even more worryingly, Shadow Home Secretary is reported to have said that ‘The public entrust the police with the use of legal force precisely because they are self-disciplined and restrained, which is why anyone convicted of a violent offence should be dismissed.’ I would be very keen to sit down with Huhne and have him tell me to my face that he thinks it is justified that I lost my job after having my face smashed in by the local thug who repeatedly punched me until my tooth crumbled in my mouth as I tried to arrest him in the course of my police duties. The force I used to defend myself rendered him uninjured. My conviction resulted in my dismissal yet this report suggests that this need not have been automatic as a senior officer within West Yorkshire Police had intimated when he dismissed me. Out of 52 forces asked, 41 gave the Liberal Democrats a breakdown of its figures relating to police convictions. Of this 41 forces, there are 1063 officers serving with convictions. West Yorkshire Police did not disclose any information in the survey.

I would appeal Mr Huhne to read about my case, and then make comment about my dismissal. It is all too easy for the likes of him to make critical judgements of officers who face the most difficult circumstances on a daily basis.

I have been criminalised because I defended myself from a drunken maniac and the conviction has had wide-reaching affects on my life to this day.  Suggesting that any officer with a conviction is a ‘bad apple’ makes him, if you’ll pardon the pun, ignorant to the core. His comments have incensed my family and I after I was out dealing with the most violent people society has to offer trying to protect the likes of him.  I would appeal to him to apply more thought (within his clearly very limited experience in this area) about individual cases before making the ridiculous assertions that he has done. I can only hope that all my readers, who have been unwaivering in their support, read this and never vote his party in, as the thought of someone like him becoming Home Secretary is truly frightening.


Comments

  1. I don’t think you will have anything to worry about in terms of the Lib Dems taking office, but on the wider point the convictions mentioned include things such as motoring offences and extremely minor transgressions.
    As a percentage, there are more Mp’s and members of the Lords that currently have convictions.
    Huhne is stupid and ignorant and I covered this in my blog. He picks and chooses what offences he finds abhorrent and is a typical nose in the trough self serving Westminster pig.

    Posted by Lester Bullseye | March 27, 2009 12:22 pm
  2. The figures mentioned only cover those officers who’s force allowed them to receive a criminal conviction. I was a member of a force who had an officer (still serving)who committed the offence of perverting the course of justice whilst on duty……his punishment was to be put back into uniform. Often certain forces are too worried about image rather than do the right thing.
    The answer sadly is to join the Masons and get away with whatever you can! All forces should lose the right they claim to have to be a “closed book.”

    Posted by anon | April 4, 2009 9:02 pm
  3. I read a Fair Cop with great interest. Sounds like Michael went through Hell; not surprisingly. My own life has some parallels (though thankfully the outcome was nowhere near as severe). I used to work as a Probation Officer for 28 years. One evening last April my ex partner was much the worse for wear having consumed valium and alcohol. During the course of this she threatened to glass me and pushed a wine glass into my face. I did not retaliate but after an hour of this abuse I threw a remote control I had been holding at the TV and got up to leave the room and go to bed. Unfortunately the remote caught her on the forehead. She phoned the Police. I spent a long and lonely night in Police cells. After 4 months the CPS decided to charge me with Assault (mainly as a result of the Victim Statement she had provided). I also appeared in Wakefield MC. I entered a Guily plea to Reckless but NG to any intent. The plea was accepted as CPS agreed that no intent had been demonstrated. I received a Conditional Discharge. Despite a Senior Manager initially telling me that the matter had nothing to do with my employer and had been dealt with “out of all proportion by HR” it was that same Manager who formally dismissed me from my job after 28 years loyal service. They even wrote to a prospective employer informing them I was a danger to women!! Even though a C/D is not technically a Conviction I have been treated as a criminal by the Probation Service who chose to ignore an independent Risk Assessment prepared by W Yorks Probation. My life has effectively been ruined by them. All I would say is this sort of thing could happen to anyone. Well done for surviving your ordeal Michael. All the very best for the future. The Police service don’t deserve you.

    Posted by Andy Fletcher | June 25, 2009 11:21 am
  4. Having read your book over the last two days ( I could not put it down) I am disgusted how you were treated. I am a serving police officer & can only hope & pray what happened to you never happens to me. We deal with scum every day but nobody appreciates the difficult situations we have to deal with on a daily basis. I can only hope things are going well for you & if god forbid I am ever put in your position the person dealing with my case has read your book.
    Regards & my upmost respect
    Martin JUDGE

    Posted by Martin JUDGE | August 16, 2009 10:56 pm
  5. i am a serving police officer and have just finished michaels book which i must say was excellent and i was compelled to finish the book in one sitting. my heart goes out to a man who despite his employer and the legal sytem turning their back on him he held his head up high and turned his life around. if he had not been a police officer he would never have received any type of sentance and in fact the matter would have been nfa’d (no further action) i cant believe it got as far as it did. A police officer in my experiance puts his or her life on the line everyday and the minute their conduct is brought into question rather than support them and seek the truth the system looks for ways to hang them so as not to cause embarrassment to the force whether they are guilty or not seems irrelevant. As the years go by i get more and more annoyed at the way officers are treated and often i question the reason i ever joined. The fact the service chose to turn their back on michael is very much their loss and i wish michael and his family well for the future.

    Posted by anon | August 19, 2009 8:42 am
  6. hi Michael,
    i hope that you do take the time to read these comments. Firstly just to say, what an excellent book it was, i too read it in one afternoon and got shouted at by the missus for reading it far to quickly. Nothing amazes me with this job anymore, I too have questioned the why’s and the wherefore’s of the job. Someone once said a very great quote to me “This job will never thank you for what you have done, it will only seek to do your legs for what you haven’t done” and guess what I think he hit the nail on the head with that one. They have managed to divide and conquer us, none of the good that we do ever gets reported only ever the bad. The federation are about as useful as a chocolate tea-pot and I really dont know anymore what we pay our contributions for. I really love the job, but find that as we are so “cowed” down these days due to circumstances like yours, we have become objects of ridicule to most. Anyway, thats enough moaning, we need someone or something to lead us through these dark times, to say enough is enough, we do a damn good job in these very difficult times and those in power help us dont hinder us as they have done for more years than care to remember.Michael your book was an inspiration, how you survived those harrowing times in prison is gobsmacking. I think i would have kept those trousers tied round my neck. Well done mate, good luck for the future.

    Posted by anon | September 7, 2009 7:29 pm
  7. I read every blog post and reply personally to every email.

    Thanks for this kind message of support.

    Posted by Michael | September 7, 2009 7:46 pm
  8. Hi Michael, as other posts read your book and could not put it down. I am a serving police officer and it made me reflect deeply on the incident that caused you to be subjected to your ordeal. Most of us would be able to give an example of so called assaults while defending ourselves from the growing lawless and feral sector of society. I wonder how many members of the public realise that it is not only the paperwork that denies the public from the frontline policing they deserve but ensuring that you have covered all aspects of your arse in depth to bat off all the ridiculous unjustified complaints that you know will be taken and not “batted off” at the front counter where they should be. I work on a TSG unit and your book has been discussed in depth by my team. The main point of agreement is the disgusting way you were treated by your force, the CPS and the courts and although i cannot think of such an extreme example in my own force i can think of examples of unfair treatment to officers when challenged on various aspects of thier duty. You may be interested to know that certain officers who have found themselves arrested for certain offences are now biting back and challenging these arrests. My own force has just had to pay £8500 to a Sergeant who proved his arrest was unessacary and this has started a ripple effect with further challenges being formulated. These admittedly are with the help of the usually toothless federation. Good luck on the future. How about signing and sending the 100,000 th book sold to the so called Judge that convicted and sentenced you???

    Posted by JB | September 10, 2009 5:22 pm
  9. As a retired Police officer, I read your book with great interest and sadness. A true case of “there but for the grace of God go I” which must be echoed by all serving officers these days. (Glad I’m no longer in jepardy of malicious complaints).

    I am passing your book onto my son who followed me into the job- doing front line work with the message of “Watch your back”

    What a sad state of affairs when officers are often at greater danger from within than the bad guys out there.

    Posted by John Gaunt | September 13, 2009 2:45 pm
  10. Michael, as a serving officer I fear everyday that I may be the next man on the ground to secure someone else’s next promotion. The modern day policing model encourages officers seeking promotion to “stuff” one of their colleagues. We usually see those with no concept of the word “justice” do quite well. need i say more?
    Well done on “rolling with the tide” mate at retaining your morals throughout.

    Posted by Boyd | October 3, 2009 2:09 pm
  11. I have read the book, as has a mate of mine who is a PC in the former RUC…we have both, over a pint or 2 discussed this book.
    Firstly we have both been ( mee past tense as I retired 9 yrs ago) in situations more severe than Marks…..and had to defend ourselves and use that sufficient force as was necessary as is required…none of us had complaints made against us , AND neither did our colleagues buble us…….the aresholes out there who go looking for trouble are nothing but scum.

    The judiciary should protect the Police, not Shaft them.

    You did well mark on surviving those months in Prison..and have gone on to in a way betterb yoursdelf in liofe although not in then profession you wnated to be in to the end….

    Posted by Peter Roberts | October 16, 2009 7:35 pm
  12. I can only adnire your courage in dealing with the way you were treated. I retired two years ago after doing my 30. Shortly before I retired I was involved in a death in custody. Currently waiting for the inquest. I have no concerns about my own and colleagues actions that night, fortunately all on CCTV but what a way to treat officers, nearly 3yrs on and no contact from IPCC about progress of the investigation. Decisions made in fractions of seconds are analysised by shiny arses for years who then tell you, if you are lucky, that you could have dealt with it differently. No wonder good hard working, caring police officers are disallusioned and leave as soon they can. I really hope that you can show the judge and the cowardly senior officers involved in your imprisonment and dismissal that your courage and integrity are still intact and that you are a better person than them.
    Have you thought about standing as an MP, if you lived in my area I would vote for you.
    All the best for the future, you deserve it.

    T.C.

    Posted by Tim Creed | October 20, 2009 7:43 am
  13. Having just read your book in 2 sittings, how you managed to make Tony Adams book last a week is beyond me. I like a lot of other people leaving comments here am a serving Officer in London. The phrase “There for the Grace of God Go I” is never more apt. I cannot even remember the amounts of incidents where I have had to resort to using force to restrain and or subdue some maniac high on drugs, drunk or just downright nasty. I have obviously received numerous complaints over my 22 years for this type of incident. I am relieved to say that after investigation the vast majority of complaints were deemed to be malicious. But never in my worst nightmare did I envision winding up in Prison for doing my job. I wish you and yours a great and prosperous life. Remember the saying, “never let the bastards grind you down” and live your life to the full.

    Regards

    Richard Wilson

    Posted by Richard Wilson | December 21, 2009 12:07 pm
  14. Michael,

    I have not read your book as yet, however,it sounds like you are among the growing number of disgruntled police officers who have been treated like excrement by their forces and the judiciary who can never quite contain their glee when a chance arises to muddy the name of a police officer. You have my utmost respect and admiration for coming through what must have been the ultimate nightmare. Hold your head high and walk tall. shame on those whose misguided, warped sense of “do gooding” allowed this to happen.

    Mike, current serving police officer, en route to Waterstones.

    Posted by mike | March 19, 2010 2:33 pm
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