HERE, for posting the link to John Redwood:
"Only in the public sector is an increase a cut. The current debate over public spending is bogged down in the parade of the bleeding stumps..."Orde, he of the secretive, controversial and unaccountable super-quango, is claiming that it was "misleading in the extreme" to claim that current police numbers are "sustainable" in the face of proposed cuts but with no detail of those cuts he is clearly just staking a claim, getting his defence in early etc. A bleeding stump. The Home Secretary Theresa May told the same conference she would be "ruthless in cutting out waste, streamlining structures and improving efficiency" but that the 'cuts' amounted to a spending freeze or a reduction of only 1% or 2% (link through image to BBC).
Looking at the graph (or look up the numbers) it is clear about one thing: over the last decade and a half, police officer numbers have risen by about 10%; civilian staff have risen by about 50%. So...there are loads more police officers AND loads more civilian staff doing the backroom work: fine, dandy, great news; so, if you ask anyone if they've seen an officer on the beat and/or the last time they saw an officer on the beat: know what? No, I'm not going to tell you that they'll say no: they'll say yes! And what's more they tell you exactly where and when because it such a rare thing! So where are they all hiding? Who knows, you know Hugh?