Who’s More Stupid….The Police Or The Politicians?

Dutch politicians and police are equally impotent. Politicians the world over love their sound-bites and photo ops, appearing on TV trying to convince the people that their policies are effective and for the greater good of the people who elected them in the first place. Meanwhile they sit on their asses, do bugger all and drink the cream from society, while the rest of the country goes down the toilet. The Dutch politicians have turned this into an art all of its own.

The Dutch police are good for one thing and one thing only…..doling out fines to the normal Jan Hollander for riding his bike without a light, or parking illegally or walking your dog without a leash. Heaven forbid they actually do real police work, like coming to your house when you’ve being burgled, arrest someone who assaulted you on the street or competently investigate a rape/murder case resulting in a successful arrest and conviction.

But the perception of the police force in Amsterdam was steadily changing for the better. Sure, they were still doling out fines for illegal parking and cycling offences, but they were determined to crack-down on the true scourge that has ravaged Amsterdam, a heinous crime that has gone completely out of control……PICKPOCKETING.

They sent a dedicated team of officers, most of them dressed as normal tourists, out onto the streets of Amsterdam and managed to arrest pickpockets left, right and centre. They were so good at it that they were nicking up to seven people a day on a good day. Job well done, right?

Erm, not really. Because they got a little carried away with themselves after they nicked the 1000th pickpocket. Thrilled with their success, they celebrated by way of sticking a sign on the back of the alleged’s coat with “1000” written on it. This was of course captured on camera for all to see. So the police didn’t exactly conduct themselves in a professional and impartial manner, and their behaviour towards the woman whom they arrested was humiliating. Afterall, the ethos of prosecutorial law the world over is the presumption of innocence :- “Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat” or “Innocent until proven guilty“.

So that explains the stupidity of the Dutch police force. What of the politicians I hear you ask? Well, they’ve not been left out in the cold on this either. In fact, they’ve even gone and done one better. The public prosecution department in Amsterdam decided NOT to prosecute the woman due to the humiliation she suffered during her arrest!

City police chiefs criticised the action, saying it was ‘extremely inappropriate‘, but the public prosecutor said it would not take any legal action because of all the publicity. The Justice Minister, Ivo Opstelten called on officials to explain why the ‘unfortunate pickpocket‘ (interesting choice of words there) would not face charges.

As far as I can tell, it seems more a case of “Shit, we did something completely inappropriate, now how do we save our asses? I know…let’s drop the charges so she doesn’t file charges against us for our well-documented inappropriate behaviour.”

What saddens me is that the police who humiliated her should ALSO be prosecuted and punished. It shouldn’t be that nobody is held accountable at all. She was arrested lawfully because she was caught in the act. It was only the subsequent treatment of her that was demeaning and unlawful.

And by the way….why aren’t the police going after the real crooks? The typical Dutch reaction is this….if you rob an apple from the supermarket, you can expect the full wrath of the police and prosecution services. But if you rob people of their savings, pensions and hard earned money, you get elected to office or promoted to the board of a bank or insurance company! Who are the real criminals?

 

NS Exporting Incompetence

Just when you think the rail service in the UK couldn’t get worse, one hears that the Dutch railway company, NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) was announced the winner of a bid to provide train services in East Anglia in the UK.

The train services are already notoriously bad in the UK. But it seems that the British and the Dutch may be well suited partners, since both are equally incompetent when it comes to running a railway service from point A to point B. In both countries it is perfectly acceptable to announce the cessation of services due to “leaves on the line” or the “wrong type of snow“! Christ, I’ve even heard the excuse of “morning dew” being used as the cause for the overhead lines to quit working!

Well, good luck to my British cousins. But please remember to go to the loo first, because you may end up being stuck on a Dutch train with nowhere to relieve yourself, since it has become standard practice here in the Netherlands to build trains without toilets nowadays.

Personally, I think NS should stick to focussing getting it right at home before they think about exporting their incompetence across the rest of the world. I really feel for the poor Germans who have to put up with NS’s German entity. Why would they have even thought that was a good idea to begin with? I mean, when the Dutch cancelled train after train last winter because they couldn’t cope with “all the snow” we had here, the Germans laughed at them because NS were still using gas heaters on the points to prevent them from freezing. The Germans of course upgraded years ago to electric heaters because they found that the pilot lights on the gas heaters would constantly extinguish under heavy snow conditions. Of course, having lived in Ukraine and Finland for a number of years, there’s bugger all over there that will stop THEIR trains from running. With a snow predicted again this year, it’s going to be an interesting winter.

Oh well…..ALL ABOARD!!

Speechless!!

Michael Winslow is an American actor, most famous for his roles in the Police Academy movies, and a comedian billed as the “Man of 10,000 Sound Effects” for his ability to make realistic sound effects using only his voice.

His appearance on Norway’s “Senkveld med Thomas og Harald” TV show can only be described as EPIC!! Watch and enjoy.

Hypocrisy Of Western Governments

I came across this this other day, and wanted to share it with you all. The video, which highlights the hypocrisy spouted by western politicians, speaks for itself. Our governments happily stick their beaks where its not wanted, using the ideologies of spreading moral and democratic values as an excuse to invade, occupy and war against foreign nations. And they do this in OUR name! But when those same values and ideologies, thought lacking abroad in tin-pot dictatorships, are exercised at home, what happens?

One of two things happen….either it’s stamped out with force via the local constabulary, or it’s simply ignored, viewed with the same disdain as an annoying mosquito. In the case of the “Occupy” protests now spreading globally it seems that BOTH methodologies have been implemented. The police crack down on protestors, and the government feigns deafness and expects that we’ll all get bored after a week and return to our humdrum proletariat little lives.

Take a look at the video, and then decide yourself what you’ll do next… lie down and take it, or speak up and find your voice to tell your government that you’re not putting up with their corruption, their cheating and their crap any longer. Exercise YOUR universal rights and demand a government for the people, BY the people!