Should I find myself in need of entertainment of an evening, I often have a quick flick through Lynne Featherstone’s blog (Lib-Dem MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and Minister for Equalities in the Home Office, in case you weren’t familiar). I know how miserable that sounds – I do get out occasionally. But you should try it every now and again: Lynne can always raise a smile and she’s posted a good ‘un today.
I’ve blogged about Featherstone before before and, since then, her on-line activities have apparently earned her a ticking-off from an unhappy Sir Humphrey (to go with her ticking off from the fire-brigade – after calling them when her boiler was making funny noises). But still she ploughs on…
Today’s post is about a new police ‘front counter’. No, I’m not sure what that means either. My confusion is compounded by the fact that the ‘front counter’ is in a pub, the Fishmongers Arms. What’s tickled me though is not the idea of ordering a pint from my local PC, but the fact that Lynne is so desperate that this ‘front counter’ – a place for reporting crime, presumably – is put to full use. She says:
“But people have got to use it [the ‘front counter’]. Having fought for so long to get 24 hour opening – I know that the local commander will be monitoring closely how many people use it during the unsocial hours. If it is not used – he will come back to me and argue that it is not cost-effective and be looking to go back to the old hours.”
Am I the only one in thinking that the poor Commander may have stuck one of his bobbies in the boozer just to get Featherstone off his back? Wouldn’t it be broadly be a good thing if there was no need for the police to be sat in a pub at five in the morning, just in case a passer-by needed to pop in for a chat? Instead they could be – I don’t know – responding to 999 calls or something.
I await her next pronouncements on education with bated breath. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for Featherstone’s next blog:
“Fire station not being used much – throw your cat up a tree and give them a call!”