2/02/2007

Extraordinary advice to victims from Minister Tony McNulty


Tony McNulty has given BBC's Panorama program the most extra-ordinary advice on how to deal with criminals. Distract them.

When I read the headline, I thought it was odd, but if you read the extract of the exchange between Jeremy Vine and Tony McNulty, the Home Office Minister, on the BBC website, it is just incredible.

Jeremy Vine: You see something happening in the street. Do you step in?
Tony McNulty: I think the general line must be to get in touch with the authorities straight and make sure that if things are as bad as you paint the police will be there as quickly as they can.


Jeremy: You see a young man looking aggressive, shouting at an old woman, what do you do? You retreat and ring the police?

Tony McNulty: I think you should in the first instance. It may well be the simply shouting at them, blowing your horn or whatever else deters them and they go away.

Jeremy: He's now hitting her and the police haven't come, what do you do then?

Tony McNulty: The same the same, you must always ...

Jeremy: Still wait?

Tony McNulty: Get back to the police, try some distractive activities whatever else.

Jeremy: What jump up and down?

Tony McNulty: But I would say you know sometimes that that may well work.

Now here's a novel idea Mr McNulty, why not employ more police or even deliver on the number of Community Support Officers that the Labour Party promised two years ago but has now reneged on !

More can be read about this episode of Panorama HERE.

2 comments:

John Allen said...

Labour have done a good job on crime, What is your problem Nick

ordinarybloke said...

Re previous post.....Uhhh?

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