On 14 December 2010 Government Minister James Brokenshire announced to Parliament, with no consultation that he was closing the world leading UK Forensic Science Service, because it was costing too much money. Since then, he and his Home Office colleagues have also closed courts and slashed police budgets, making thousands of criminal justice employees redundant.
We need to look at potential consequences and where our ruling classes might be going with this.
The consequences, especially at a time of economic downturn of these actions are enormous.
Criminal justice should be about innocent and guilty - not about profit and loss, but it seems the latter currently applies. For example lets look at the Forensic Science Service closure. It seems that the closure may have been upon the advice of Lord (Gordon) Wasserman (if Private Eye is to be believed). On the face of things Lord Wasserman is a Tory Government advisor so surely fair enough? But we only have to scratch a little deeper to discover that until recently he was on the board of a US company called 'Orchid' who were owners of a company called Orchid Cellmark. Orchid Cellmark are one of the new PRIVATE forensic companies who have been taking over forensic contracts with UK police forces.
Said Lord has since been given the job of setting up yet another COMPANY to handle all Police IT whilst James Brokenshire closes the very Government Agencies that currently handle all police IT.
Its all very scary that it seems that in the future all confidential police IT and Forensic work will be in the hands of the private sector. Just think what those organisations might do with all that information which includes the DNA of everyone who has been arrested.
Also statistics prove that when unemployment is high, crime rises, but mostly crimes on ordinary domestic working people, not particularly crimes to what is being increasingly known as the 'Chipping Norton' set.
So what next I ask?
Private police where you only have your crimes looked at if you can pay?