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(not satire – it’s UK today)

We all know the Tories and the police have fallen out.

First of all, the Tories surprised everyone by announcing drastic cuts in police pensions.

The police meanwhile – no doubt coincidentally – announced they were investigating historical accusations of a paedophile ring involving senior – very senior – members of the Tory Party.

Then we had plebgate.

Not long after that, the Tories announced even more drastic cuts in police pay and conditions.

Then just days later the police decided – for the first time ever despite accusations going back decades – that they were turning their probe into child abuse by senior Tory politicians into a full-blown criminal investigation.

Coincidence?

Maybe. But whatever Andrew Mitchell did or didn’t say at the gates of Downing Street – he did admit he swore at the officers during an argument. This in itself is evidence that the relationship between top Tories and police was already at a low point even before the plebgate incident ever happened.

So what’s going on? What’s the cause of all this bad blood – especially on the part of the Tories?

Well. Some people are saying the Tory leadership is secretly furious with the Met’s refusal to ignore or shelve the evidence of child abuse handed to them by the Labour MP Tom Watson.

Of course, I’m not saying there’s any link between that and these events.

It’s probably all just a case of unfortunate coincidence.

Most likely I’m just putting two and two together and getting five.

No connection at all.

Probably.

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If you really want to know just how bad the relationship has got between the Tory Party and the police, have a look at a post on the subject from the Inspector Gadget blog. Don’t forget to read the comments too:

The Conservatives and the police fall out of love

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It was the police – not the BBC – who wrongly named Lord McAlpine in abuse allegations

Are McAlpine’s lawyers breaking the solicitors’ code of practice?

Lord McAlpine in his own damning words – The New Machiavelli?

BBC Apologises for Not Naming the Name of Unnamed Name it Didn’t Name

BBC Panorama investigates BBC Newsnight over BBC scandal of BBC cover-up over BBC scandal

Scientists discover dim stars orbitting massive black hole at heart of BBC

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