What are the West Midlands Police up to?

Dean Goodman, or the think tank Policy Exchange, has an interesting opinion piece in today’s Times. He analyses the police motives for the unprecedented and bizarre reporting of Channel 4 to Ofcom.

West Midlands Police, like another force or security agency, will obviously do everything it can to stop bombs going off. Sometimes that means supping with some people who don’t necessarily come up to the antiracist, antihomophobic standards of postMacpherson policing.

But rubbing shoulders with such elements in back alleys is not the same as according them public recognition. By referring this matter to Ofcom, West Midlands Police showed that its preferred associates in the Muslim community are Wahhabites and assorted radical Islamists rather than the nonsectarian Muslim mainstream. It is a choice that is profoundly demoralising for genuine moderates and will ultimately undermine, rather than strengthen the very community cohesion that the force seeks.

4 Responses to “What are the West Midlands Police up to?”

  1. G. Tingey says:

    Erm – were there not comments in this area yeasterday?

    Where did they go?

    Come to that why are “comments off” on the Beyer story?

  2. Stuart says:

    What’s wrong with the comments form? I wanted to draw attention to Stephen Green’s petition and suggest it be treated the same way as the recent petition to ban motorcycles. But I can’t comment on the Stephen Green story.

  3. Monitor says:

    There were no comments here yesterday. Sorry about the “comments off” in the Beyer story – it was an accident.

  4. marc says:

    In other news, the comments are now back on and the West Midlands constabulary are acting like cunts. Oh can I say that here?