Letters to the Press (or any other Authority)

#1
I am retired, generally idle and bereft of the intellectual play of wits I used to enjoy in the mining industries and Armed Forces. I therefore have bags of time to fire off biliously-tainted Letters to the Editors of our national press when they displease me. It is a custom in our Land that Mr Angry of Hastings or Mz Anxious of Keswick should do just this when unhappy at a report, commentary or column which has misrepresented the facts (as he/she/it understands them) or wishes to make his/her/its views known on any subject which has import to them. I do so fairly frequently, although the task is made easier by the 'comments' sections in many news sites now, where anonymity is assured, and any old bullshit can be read, subject to the (House-approved) Hammer of the Moderator. Mostly true of ARRSE too, of course.

'Letters', however, is usually reserved for the more profound observation; one which is possibly more considered, truthful, heartfelt, relevant and inspiring. Perhaps we should, here on these pages, include some of our own Letters to the Editor. Here's one I sent earlier:

Sirs/Mesdames,
I have read the report at Black police paid less as ethnic pay gap widens, Met figures show , and am a little mystified at the imputed 'institutional racism' in it. By your own research and report, 'one of these differences is in bonus pay.' No other 'difference, other than a positive one is reported:

"The Met pays a number of bonus payments of up to £500 for those who have excelled in the performance of their duty, or lump sum payments for retention initiatives. The proportion of white officers receiving a bonus payment is 1.23% (371 officers) compared with 0.83% (53 officers) BAME officers. On average the bonus paid to a BAME officer was almost £20 less than that paid to a white officer",


but, "...the statement noted: “Perversely, recent improvements in recruiting more BAME officers and staff also works to increase the gap: an increasing proportion sit in the lower pay spines lowering the average; this will improve as newer recruits progress their careers and move their way to the top pay points.”

All that this says is that non-white junior officers have generally failed to to excel along with their English colleagues, yet you fail to expand on this, or explain the differentials as new police officers rise to fill higher positions, but instead imply that there is some sort of racism in the administration of the Metropolitan Police which is prejudiced against the prospect of people of colour rising in the ranks. This, Sirs, is propaganda; racist and very nasty propaganda, and deeply shameful. It does nothing to correct any such prejudice in our country, and does a great deal to harden any which exists. I can only suspect an agenda at work.

Yours, (Whiskybreath)@hotmail.com
02897 ******
You may note that I am of a conservative bent, but I'm not politically prejudiced other than against those who deny political and historical fact, and so have no objections to reading the honestly held views of a Socialist Worker reader (although there's no way there of replying; it's not considered correct to do so). Has anyone else recently sent a snotgram?
 
#2
That takes effort, it's much more rewarding and quicker to troll politicans via Twitter, you don't have to hate them but it helps
 
#3
That takes effort, it's much more rewarding and quicker to troll politicans via Twitter, you don't have to hate them but it helps
A little cowardly, and gets no result whatever, but hey. I've found that a letter to an MP gets the fecker (or his civil servant lackeys) working for what I pay him to do, and can lead down other roads too.
 

Sixty

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#4
I'd imagine the bit below will not exactly increase the odds of publication:

non-white junior officers have generally failed to to excel along with their English colleagues
Simply because it doesn't actually make any sense unless one believes English people can only be white.
 
#5
I'd imagine the bit below will not exactly increase the odds of publication:



Simply because it doesn't actually make any sense unless one believes English people can only be white.
Are you not Scottish...and french?? Darwin’s book needs re-writing over that one!
 
#6
A little cowardly, and gets no result whatever, but hey. I've found that a letter to an MP gets the fecker (or his civil servant lackeys) working for what I pay him to do, and can lead down other roads too.
No result?, have you seen how triggered Lord Adonis gets, or Owen Jones come to think of it...
 

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#7
Are you not Scottish...and french?? Darwin’s book needs re-writing over that one!
I'm not sure why that disbars me from commenting on the content of the letter?
 
#8
I'd imagine the bit below will not exactly increase the odds of publication:



Simply because it doesn't actually make any sense unless one believes English people can only be white.
Political revisionism so early? I was expecting that after some debate. I somehow doubt that too many people of colour in England regard themselves other than 'British' (which implies a wider base of the tribes here) or more usually 'of Caribbean/French/Chinese etc extraction', but not 'English'. This sort of perception changes over decades, admittedly; I also doubt that the Huguenots still refer to themselves as such in preference to 'English', but perhaps there are polls in the great library of the internet which can tell us the truth of today. Small point but useful.
 
#13
I'm not sure why that disbars me from commenting on the content of the letter?
I suppose it depends on your stance - which, in England, is a point of view whereas, in Scotland, it's where you catch your bus.
 
#14
but, "...the statement noted: “Perversely, recent improvements in recruiting more BAME officers and staff also works to increase the gap: an increasing proportion sit in the lower pay spines lowering the average; this will improve as newer recruits progress their careers and move their way to the top pay points.”

All that this says is that non-white junior officers have generally failed to to excel along with their English colleagues
No. Regardless of the fact that your syntax suggests you are saying both non-whites and English junior officers have failed to excel, which is obviously not what you mean, you have misunderstood their point. They are saying that an influx of BAME in recent years means that there is a glut of BAME officers at the lowest levels which skews the figures, but that the skewing will tend to be corrected as these officers progress.
 
#15
No. Regardless of the fact that your syntax suggests you are saying both non-whites and English junior officers have failed to excel, which is obviously not what you mean, you have misunderstood their point. They are saying that an influx of BAME in recent years means that there is a glut of BAME officers at the lowest levels which skews the figures, but that the skewing will tend to be corrected as these officers progress.
No again. They're complaining that the figures are skewed because of a large intake in recent years. Clearly 'fast-track' promotions needed.
 

Gout Man

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#16
As Whisky Breath states a letter gets some body working, even if they just have to take the time to read it and file it away in file 13.

I’m not commentating on the police any more especially The Met, those days are gone, it just wound me up, daft really but there you go.

Perhaps I should write a letter about Br.....No only kidding.
 
#17
A little cowardly, and gets no result whatever, but hey. I've found that a letter to an MP gets the fecker (or his civil servant lackeys) working for what I pay him to do, and can lead down other roads too.
I recently wrote an email to the Transport Minister, Chris Grayling, a polite letter, detailing how, after many years using the roads, I had some suggestions for ileviating the conjestion of British roads, this included banning vans from the outside lanes on motorways and restricting HGV’s to 2 lanes on 4 or more lane motorways. I went into detail and gave good reasoning behind my suggestions. Didn’t get an answer back straight away, and then thought the arrsehole had just pressed delete on my email, or one of his minions had. Then I received a reply, indeed from a minion, some pencil pushing, snot nosed, chinless wonder who proceeded to tell me I didn’t know what I was talking about and perhaps I should leave the running of Her Majesties roads to people who knew about this sort of thing, typical pretentious, condescending, bullshit from people in positions of power who consider their constituents to be brainless, f@ckwits who need putting in their place, no wonder Brexit is a pile of dog poop! I’m not bitter though!
 
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