Police

When our armed police open fire have we got their backs?

1 April 2017 14:00

I walked past Parliament, five days after Khalid Masood’s fatal attack. I looked at all the armed policemen on all…

Excusing a huge group of paedophiles isn’t the answer to tackling child abuse

4 March 2017 9:30

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who heads Operation Hydrant, the police investigation of ‘non-recent’ child abuse cases, now says that paedophiles…

Season’s beatings: A barrister’s guide to a busy Christmas

22 December 2016 9:00

My colleagues at the commercial and chancery bar are all at their chalets in Gstaad, funded by the endless fees…

Summer of bloodshed continues after latest police killing in the US

29 July 2016 13:00

Once again, an American police officer has been killed in the line of duty. This time, a policeman in San…

Have the police completely lost the plot today?

21 July 2016 18:53

Is it something to do with Theresa May’s departure as Home Secretary, or are the police completely losing it? The first…

The rich are getting richer – the poor are getting robbed

5 June 2016 10:00

Much fuss is made about financial inequality, but what about inequality of crime? It’s a question that has never been…

No, thank you, Officer, I will not think before I speak

28 May 2016 13:44

As my daughter was preparing for her AS level exam on 1984 this week, George Orwell’s dystopian classic loomed back…

Why today is crucial for determining Theresa May’s chances in the next Tory leadership race

17 May 2016 8:27

Theresa May knows all about the pitfalls of speaking at the Police Federation but she is also well aware of…

Why sorry isn’t the hardest word for Bernard Hogan-Howe

11 February 2016 9:46

Bernard Hogan-Howe did his best to appear calm on the Today show but it is clear he is increasingly rattled…

Why the tax credit cuts had to go

25 November 2015 19:51

In the peroration of his statement today, George Osborne declared that the Tories were ‘the mainstream representatives of the working…

So Theresa May, isn’t your own workforce ‘too white’?

22 October 2015 16:40

Today Theresa May has hit out at the lack of black and Asian officers in the police forces, arguing that the…

When will the paedophile witch-hunt reach Pitt the Younger?

5 September 2015 11:00

The more one thinks about the current witch-hunt against alleged paedophiles in the establishment, the more beyond satire it seems.…

A British policeman shouldn’t take orders from a radical Islamist preacher

23 June 2015 16:58

Each year Anjem Choudary earns more in benefits than a soldier does starting off in our armed forces. This is…

The white-knuckle terror of being driven by a dopehead

25 May 2015 16:36

‘Hidden menace of the drivers high on drugs,’ says the headline in today’s Daily Mail, revealing that – according to…

Camilla Long’s Have I Got News For You appearance causes problems for Ukip

30 April 2015 15:41

After Camilla Long claimed on last Friday’s Have I Got News for You that she had spent more time in…

Order is restored to Pall Mall club scene

31 March 2015 12:10

Last week Mr S reported on the poshest squatters ever: dozens of angry militant lefties had taken over a building…

Property crime is not a victimless crime

3 March 2015 12:01

While researching Taking its Toll, a report written with Policy Exchange on the regressive impact of property crime, some troubling…

When did it become OK for the police to electrocute children?

25 February 2015 11:23

Hard as it may be to imagine, dear reader, once upon a time the police managed to fulfil their obligations to…

MI5 mystery at Millbank: has the pig left the building?

14 November 2014 16:38

Of all the watering holes across the capital, Mr S knows full well that the Pig and Eye club is both…

The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks…

24 Hours in Police Custody: a C4 programme that finally tells the truth about ‘honour crimes’

7 November 2014 16:15

Settling down to watch 24 Hours in Police Custody, the new Channel 4 programme brought to us by the team…

Shoot first, ask questions later – police back off new gun monitoring plans

7 November 2014 13:53

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Crimestoppers telephone hotline that the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo)…

Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

13 October 2014 9:26

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new,…

Podcast: police phone hacking, Lib Dem tactics and vicious dogs

9 October 2014 9:48

In this week’s issue, Fraser Nelson and Nick Cohen examine how police are using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act…

My ‘fare-dodging’ hell

2 September 2014 12:01

At least every other time a ticket inspector boards a train or bus I’m on, I pretend I can’t find…