In London The Times They Are A-Changin’

Two of England's More Notorious Dhimmi Prime Ministers

Two of England’s More Notorious Dhimmi Prime Ministers

In 1984 I spent a wonderful two weeks in London as part of a post-graduate seminar in the English criminal justice system through the University of Colorado.  Our class had the good fortune to meet with the then Chief of Detectives at New Scotland Yard, David Powis, and many of his brave subordinates.  Back then the terrorist threats to Londoners’ safety came mainly from the Irish Republican Army.  By the way, I never saw a uniformed Bobby carrying a firearm.  They weren’t needed on the beat.  But now look – (photos: The Telegraph)…

lodon-terror-polic_3358557bCut to 2015 and we see London preparing for terrorist threats from a very different arena – the World of Islam.  It’s just has to be all very wearying for Londoners, trudging on beneath the relentless gnawing fear, wondering from where and when the Religion of Peace will strike again, with all of of the accompanying death and mayhem.  (Can you imagine how the Israelis are coping in their tiny nation?)   In The Telegraph we read today all about a major counter-terrorism drill in preparation for the coming attack:

A major counter-terrorism exercise has been carried out in London to ensure emergency services are ready “should the worst happen”, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe has said.

A mock terrorist firearms attack was staged to test the response to a Tunisian-style mass shooting.

Officers, emergency services, soldiers and intelligence officials took part in the operation.

Sir Bernard said: “With events like today we are committing around 1,000 people to exercise our plans and make sure that should the worst happen we are ready. And we will be.”

He said the rate of arrests for terror offences has increased in the last year.

“It is clear during that time that we’ve disrupted some very serious plots and some of those cases are going to the courts. The reason we have exercises like today is because, obviously, we are concerned there are people planning terrorist events.

“We intend first of all to stop them from getting to attack. But should we not stop the terrorists in their planning, it’s essential we disrupt them in any of the attacks that may take place.

“With events like today we are committing around 1,000 people to exercise our plans and make sure that should the worst happen we are ready. And we will be.”

Preparations for the exercise began around six months ago and events such as the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and the hostage siege in Sydney influenced the test.

The Mumbai attack in 2008 also featured in the planning…

Scotland Yard stressed the test was in no way connected or prompted by the massacre in Tunisia last week

Ahem.  Really?  Of course not.

Read all of it here.  And observe that in no part of the Telegraph report is the word Islam to be found.  Ah.  I forgot.  The current Prime Minister has duly informed us that acts of terrorism are not in any way connected with Islam.

Never mind what the Quran says.  Never mind what Muhammad said and did.  Islam is a Religion of Peace.

I feel much better now.


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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2 Responses to In London The Times They Are A-Changin’

  1. hampshirehog says:

    Reblogged this on hampshire Hog and commented:
    It would indeed be wearing to trudge along under the tyranny of a terrorist threat if that was what people do. But London isn’t like that. The security situation to the man on the street is as follows: On trains people are periodically reminded to keep their luggage with them, in order to avoid sparking a security alert. But then, who wouldn’t want to keep their nice leather luggage close by? Hardly a burden there, then. Rubbish is routinely collected in transparent bags in order for security personnel to easily see what is inside the bags. And, of course, high profile areas such as Parliament have access controlled by airport style security. So no big deal there then.
    Meanwhile America is so dangerous that a hundred million of her citizens feel the need to arm for self defence. By the way, do you know if the gun lobby are still asserting their rights to carry guns into the war zone that is the Starbucks coffee shop?

  2. John L. Work says:

    Dear Hampshire:

    Thank you kindly for reading along with me here. I don’t know if we Yanks all need to carry guns inside Starbucks. Never thought of that one. I don’t think that way, ‘though I carried a firearm on duty for twenty years as a police officer. Good idea you Brits have about the transparent trash bags. Never thought of that one, either. Wonder why we don’t do that, too.

    Best regards.

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