Three quarters of the population believe the police have failed to get to grips with anti-social behaviour and drink-fuelled violence, a damning Whitehall survey showed yesterday.They needed a survey for this? Couldn’t they just read a few blogs, or the ‘letters’ pages of some newspapers?
It found police forces and other public services are said to neither listen to what people say about crime and rowdiness nor do anything to stop it.
The poll of more than half a million adults also suggested that councils are out of touch, unpopular, and take too much of residents' money.Heh! It’ll be interesting to see what they propose to do about this…
The findings appear to reflect deep disillusion with years of promises that initiatives such as ASBOs and greater efforts by the police and the justice system would make streets safer.Seriously, fellas, didn’t the election results tell you this?
They suggest the great majority do not believe everyday crime has been successfully tackled.
They also point to public disaffection through the impact of high council tax and a widespread view that town halls are arrogant and incompetent.
The findings drew a rebuke for councils from Local Government Secretary John Denham, who said: 'The improvements we have seen in local services are not being reflected in people's perception of their council.Hmmm, or in other words: ‘How the hell can we convince the rubes that things have never been better?’
And the local councils’ response? Pretty much sticking their fingers in their ears and saying ‘La la la la we’re not listening’…:
The Local Government Association, the umbrella body for councils, said: 'This survey shows that the vast majority of residents are happy with services which their councils provide.'Eh…?
Were they reading the same survey I just was?