Courage in the face of ad­ver­sity

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

That ex­pres­sion may bring back mem­o­ries of 1940, and how we sup­ported one an­other when un­der at­tack – such a sit­u­a­tion per­tains to­day, as we face in­creas­ing crime in our area.

On Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30, I at­tended a meet­ing of St Paul’s Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion – which cov­ers a large lo­cal area – con­sist­ing of a group of ded­i­cated and car­ing souls ad­dress­ing the sub­ject of lo­cal prob­lems.

While it is won­der­ful to see such peo­ple ‘do­ing what they can’, sadly the one key el­e­ment of such a meet­ing in­tended to es­tab­lish Neigh­bour­hood Watches on a lo­calised ba­sis, was that NO PO­LICE at­tended.

Thanks to Cllr Imo­gen Shep­herd-Dubey be­ing present, man­i­fest­ing in­ter­est and lead­er­ship, then at least the Coun­cil will be made aware of res­i­dents’ con­cerns.

Some years ago we had a lo­cal Neigh­bour­hood Watch Scheme of which I was the co-or­di­na­tor. That was fol­lowed by a Neigh­bour­hood Ac­tion Group (around 2006). In both cases, we had con­sid­er­able par­tic­i­pa­tion by the Po­lice – it would be true to say that they were ‘driv­ers’ of progress and ac­tions.

Had we been dis­cussing form­ing groups of Vig­i­lantes, the Po­lice I am sure would have at­tended! Such bodies started in the law­less parts of the USA, where no law ex­isted – an in­ter­est­ing def­i­ni­tion of a Vig­i­lance Com­mit­tee, is ‘an unau­tho­rised body which, in the ab­sence or in­ef­fi­ciency of reg­u­lar gov­ern­ment, ex­er­cises pow­ers of ar­rest, pun­ish­ment etc.’

I’ve un­der­lined ex­actly what we see in this coun­try to­day, for which we can­not blame the po­lice or the ap­palling lax­ity in the ap­pli­ca­tion of pun­ish­ment.

The Home Of­fice I be­lieve is re­spon­si­ble for the sit­u­a­tion – the PM will know (!!) – and they will blame the short­age of funds. If we stopped pay­ing for­tunes to Univer­sity Chan­cel­lors and re­lated se­nior staff, cut the rack­ets and num­bers of so-called Lords as ex­am­ples of mak­ing con­sid­er­able sav­ings, then per­haps we could be pro­tected again by those orig­i­nally tasked with that role in so­ci­ety. Reg Cli on, Wok­ing­ham

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