It’s not just about the law it’s about the enforcement

The old saying “Speak softly and carry a big stick” should be written above every door in the Home Office, quiet efficiency would be a welcome change from the noisy ineptitude which has been their hallmark recently.

The drug dealers fleeing overseas highlights one of the most important issues relating to law making and something that Labour seem to have trouble grasping. Passing laws and talking tough are meaningless activities if you are unable or unwilling to enforce them.

The Home Office has been one of the worst offenders when it comes to lack of follow through. Legislating for headlines is no way to run a department and a quick look back over the Home Office’s last decade shows that headlines have been their big motivator rather than protecting the British people.

The consensus is that this week has blown any serious chance that John Reid had of winning the Labour leadership battle, but the seeds of this weeks problems were germinating years ago in the fertile soil of a spin obsessed Labour HQ. And the person who has held the reins of the domestic agenda since 1997 is one Gordon Brown MP.

The Brown camp may be feeling smug about the anti Reid headlines but Brown held the purse-strings when police numbers fell, when crime increased and when prison building failed to happen. He is complicit in this and as our friends across the pond say ” when the s**t starts to fly, no one comes out smelling of roses”.

2 responses to “It’s not just about the law it’s about the enforcement

  1. I don’t know if you remember “MAD” magazine, but many years ago they did a spoof of well known sayings, one of which was ” Speak softly and carry a big stick”. ( More below)
    The one I liked the best was from Wellington: Question: What are the fiercest fights you have been in? Answer:” The Battle of Waterloo was one. On the playing fields of Eton”, however, I was in a much worse position.
    But the quote about speaking softly: When asked what he was doing in the kitchen, Teddy Roosevelt replied: ” Speak softly! And carry a big stick”y gooey cream cake upstairs for me.
    Like it

  2. I don’t know if you remember “MAD” magazine, but many years ago they did a spoof of well known sayings, one of which was ” Speak softly and carry a big stick”. ( More below)
    The one I liked the best was from Wellington: Question: What are the fiercest fights you have been in? Answer:” The Battle of Waterloo was one. On the playing fields of Eton”, however, I was in a much worse position.
    But the quote about speaking softly: When asked what he was doing in the kitchen, Teddy Roosevelt replied: ” Speak softly! And carry a big stick”y gooey cream cake upstairs for me.
    Like it

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