Baroness Warsi was on tv again last night bleating about getting "more police on the beat instead of doing paperwork". In her fatuous "argument", she reminded Dianne Abbot that only 11% of officers were on the beat at any one time under Labour. What she didn't explain was how the CJS would work without the paper trail. 1. Are we to dispense with S.9 witness statements? If we expect folk to commit their evidence to paper, ensuring they understand the consequences of perjury, who will be responsible for recording this evidence? 2. Are police officers nolonger to be called to court to give evidence in person? Will their evidence be accepted without question, never challenged, so that more time can be spent "on the beat"? 3. Are police officers not to be entitled to take sick leave / maternity leave, like other employees? 4. Will the Tories massage the crime stats by ignoring e.g. thefts from motor vehicle, TWOC, burglary, like they did last time so they can claim that crime levels are down? Much was made of the increase in reported crime in '97 under the new Labour Govt, 'cos the much-maligned Mr Blair insisted that these crimes should be included again. If Baroness Warsi and her party believe they can magically eliminate crime, like they failed to do in their last 18 years in government, let's hear a bit more about the nuts and bolts of how this will be achieved, rather than media-friendly soundbites of meaningless jargon on which nothing will be delivered. Like many articulate and intelligent individuals, she talks a good fight but refuses to accept that even the most articulate and well-presented cack is still cack, because it represents an unachievable goal built around misinformation. Any takers?