It is proving to be a funny old week again in the UK. This time though the funny is meant as tragic as well as odd. On Tuesday two young police women were tragically killed as they went about their daily work. A stark reminder of what many people may face as their day unfolds.
Tributes have poured in plus many words have been spoken and written about how the British police work hard to keep us safe. Late of Wednesday though one Tory MP decided he did not like the day to day work of police officers. That is he did not when it might affect him.
Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell is the man at the centre of this story.
He was only recently promoted to his current role. Perhaps his promotion has gone to his head? Mitchell wanted to pedal his bike out of Downing Street, London, home to the PM. That is not allowed. If that is the case for any person then it applies to MPs also. Ones with inflated egos may think that they should be above such rules and regulations. Mr Mitchell must fall into this category.
Police on duty in Downing street steer people in the direction of a small gate which they have to walk through to leave. The larger gate is kept secured at all times and only opened when it has to be. That will keep the area more secure. Mitchell wanted the officers on duty to open the main gate for him and when they refused he saw red. He was told that he had to walk through the gate and could not cycle out by the main gate.
Mitchell reportedly said, “Open this gate, I’m the Chief Whip. I’m telling you — I’m the Chief Whip and I’m coming through these gates.” before launching into his verbal abuse. The threat of arrest did nothing to calm him but made him spew forth his abuse.
So stopped by police officers on duty and told he could not ride his bike out of the street how did he respond? Was it with a "certainly officers"? No. Instead it was what has been called a foul mouthed rant.
Mitchell told the armed officers “You’re f***ing plebs.” A fine example to the rest us who are mere plebs, and proud of it. Reporting the verbal attack to a superior the office involved said Mitchell told him, “Best you learn your f***ing place. You don’t run this f***ing government. No but he could probably do a better job of doing so along with all of us Plebs. A witness reported that the word "morons" was also used.
Tourists in the busy area heard the tirade and many were shocked. Yes a fine example of our Government. Our public servants when all is said and done. We are not here for them but they for us. They should never forget that.
Today he is yet another member of the Coalition eating humble pie. Early yesterday it was Nick Clegg over tuition fees promises followed by Mitchell over his use of the English Language. It seems that however highfaluting these people think they are they still speak from the gutter.
Mitchell is another of the Millionaire Brigade now ensconced on the front bench of the Coalition. He has had a "telling off" from Cameron. Big deal. If he had been a member of the public he would have been arrested. Wednesday was not his first altercation with officers in Downing Street. He has now apologised to those involved but denies some of the words reported. Perhaps in his red rage he had no idea what he was saying.
Senior Government material? Hardly.
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