Friday, 17 May 2013


There is it seems no shortage of  "Adam Simmonds" Police Commisioner, stories in the local Chronicle and Echo, so keen are they to quote the man and so keen is he equally to be quoted that it feels at time as we are all up there at Wooton Hall in what he calls "The West Wing" with him as he pronounces daily about the need for policing to be done the Simmonds way.

Do you remember when he wanted to bring back the old fashioned Police telephone boxes (no one has told him about mobile phones yet it seems) or when tried to defend the indefensible over accusations of cronyism after appointing his Tory  Press Agent and Best Friend on very Highly paid deputy police commissioner posts. Then he wanted to take over the fire service, then said he was misquoted when the Tory grandees intervened, and then he said he really wanted more coordination of ALL the blue light services. 40% reduction targets in violent crime are announced, faith and community directors promised to bring a
theological outlook on anti social behaviour and crime, and he has only been in post 5 minutes!

All of these announcements make me dizzy and they also have led me to publicly question his sanity (please see and fast forward to 04:17:45)

But last night he went one step further! On Radio 4's excellent "The Report" programme Commissioner Simmonds, who compares himself to "President George Washington" was asked to explain his policy to "eradicate drugs" something the whole of the US Army with military support from around the globe has not achieved despite far too many military and civilian lives being lost in Afghanistan and Columbia attempting to do so.

So he told Radio 4's reporter Simon Cox that perhaps eradication was too provocative a word and then he turned the whole policy right on its head by saying the completeand total opposite. No longer would drugs be eradicated, instead they would be tolerated.

I quote him word for word here, and all is available on the BBC iPlayer  to check my sense of fair play, when he said

"it's about educating our kids about proper drug use, from my point of view we can give out leaflets until we are blue in the face with kids. So we've got to teach kids. if they are going to use drugs, how to use them responsibly"
Holy moses, one minute we are set to wipe narcotics off the planet now we are talking about teaching kids to use drugs responsibly, without as much as breath between both statements!

And since when has anyone, anywhere  talked about teaching KIDS to USE drugs!

Now don't get me wrong, I have too have some broad minded and  radical views on refocusing attention onto the treatment of Adults addicted to drugs, which include the medical maintenance of addicts rather than their continued incarceration and criminalisation. I would rather we spent money on treatment orders than on a criminal system with a revolving door straight back into further addiction and criminality, but I have never ever spoken about teaching KIDS how to use drugs! Nor would any sane individual do so

Simon Cox therefore did give him the opportunity to explain his comments further or to perhaps rephrase his comments but he just dug himself into his drug induced hole even further by saying: (again word for word)

"if you are going to have a society which cannot uninvent heroin, the way we cannot uninvent the car, we have to get to a place where our kids understand the effects of those drugs"

So no mistake there then, two short sentences, the use of the word kids 4 times to ensure we all got the message, a u turn from eradicating drugs to us teaching kids how to use them responsibly and then a clarification that we are talking here not about dabbling in a puff of pot or two but about class A drugs such as heroin!

Has any elected individual ever gone this far? Is this new groundbreaking Tory policy? Is Michael Grove about to change the curriculum to include classes on responsible needle use? Does the Prime Minister share the Northamptonshire model as one to be desired across the nation?

And my last point, if I can be told every last uninteresting fact about our new Police and Crime Commissioner in our local newspaper and be drip fed his press releases from the self proclaimed West Wing  on a regular basis, then why isn't a story such as the one above also headline news? Not just in the locals but also in the nationals.

Radio 4  lit the blur touch paper on this last night and something tells me fireworks are about to start popping, and to help my local newspaper along how in getting in before the big boys, how about the following headline to kick off proceedings.




  1. Legalise all drugs - that way the drug barons don't have an incentive to make millions and the government can tax them!

  2. Anon, there may be a point in the legalisation of some drugs and concentrating on eradicating drug barons, but that is surely about tackling the wider problem at Adult level, but no one I know has ever before advocated teaching kids to take heroin responsibly!

  3. I hear what you are saying Tony, however I do think that we have a responsibility to look at issues of responsible drug use, in a similar way to what we do with sexual health. The just say no approach has not worked as effectively at government had intended. If we are serious about addressing young peoples drug use, then we need to do more than hand out fliers. #lookingforwardtochattingwithyouabouthis

  4. CCY 100% agree, and as I said above I would rather we were refocusing attention onto the treatment of Adults addicted to drugs, which include the medical maintenance of addicts rather than their continued incarceration and criminalisation. I would rather we spent money on treatment orders than on a criminal system with a revolving door straight back into further addiction and criminality.

    But teaching KIDS to use Class A drugs responsibly? really? thats not being responsible it waving the white flag.

  5. All interesting points but wouldnt the second half of the suggested headline be more accurate if it read - UNELECTED BLOGGER CALLS ON HIM TO RESIGN HIS POST

  6. If it pleases you yes, I don't need elected office to hold or share an opinion, I only need a name and identity. You should try it!

  7. I agree Tony therefore you should stop labelling yourself in all you past roles. Current ones will do. I have a name and an indentity. Interestingly tried to post twice on a previous story where John Dickie was getting excited and was informed that both posts were waiting to be 'approved' - so much for free speech!

  8. I am the sum total of my whole past anon, as tour posts I will try and find them, I censor nothing, and any deletes are usually those lost in ever increasing spam.

  9. Found three posts in the spam from three different posters, now all posted

  10. i have had a good think about this and there is no way that i can agree with what this Police Commissioner has stated - simply put if someone suggest that I teach my kids to use drugs responsibly i would be very very unhappy ( I a being polite! )




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