Commuters walking home late at night should be able to call police to ask for the safest route, according to Gordon Brown.Now, surely, unless you’ve already had a few too many, you already know the best and safest way home…?
The Prime Minister said the idea would tackle the 'last mile home syndrome' when travellers, especially women, felt most at risk.
In an interview for Glamour magazine's January edition, he said it would resemble a ' personal police service'.Well, you’re pretty safe, aren’t you? Perhaps ‘young people’ should all be provided with an armed Special Branch cop for those late evenings?
'I'm really aware that these are issues for young people who rightly want to have the chance to be out late at night,' he said.
'Once you get off the bus or the Underground, how safe are you in this last mile home?'
There was no indication of how the phone service would be funded by already cash-strapped police forces and opposition politicians were quick to rubbish the idea.Precisely. Where are you likely to find a policeman actually walking the beat these days late at night?
Chris Huhne, LibDem home affairs spokesman, said: 'Surely the best way of making people feel safe on the streets is to put more police on the beat.
'This is a half-baked idea which has got as much chance of being put into practice as the ludicrous suggestion of marching offenders to cash machines.
'The police have better things to do than act as a glorified travel consultancy.'
A Home Office spokesman said the scheme was 'a vision for where neighbourhood policing could go in future rather than a fully developed policy'.'In other words, Gordo’s making it all up and it has as much chance of happening as Karen Matthews has of winning ‘Mother of the Year’…
We cannot say when it is going to happen or say what the details would be,' he added.
But more to the point, what on earth does this have to do with running the country? Doesn’t he have anything better to do?
The interview is evidence of Downing Street's attempts to make Mr Brown connect more with female voters.EPIC FAIL!!