We have a duty to honour legacy of Sir Robert Peel - EXPRESS COMMENT

We have a duty to honour legacy of Sir Robert Peel - EXPRESS COMMENT
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000

It was Boutcher who shockingly revealed that his force "literally ran out of officers" after seven stabbings, the murder of a 16-year-old boy, four rapes and a prison riot in a single day. So while it is easy to dismiss public sector leaders for demanding more money for their services, we need to remember that good policing and the protection it provides affects us all. Britain is not a banana republic but the country that through the great Sir Robert Peel invented the concept of a modern police force. 

Peel did this with the sure knowledge that the most important duty of a government is to protect its citizens.

That is not just from outside threats and terrorists but by preserving the rule of law.

We would hope that our Prime Minister Theresa May, who was one of the longest-serving Home Secretaries, will recognise this concern and prioritise boosting the country's police forces with the end of austerity.

Key to future of Europe

THIS evening Theresa May and Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar will sit down for dinner in Dublin for a meeting on which the future prosperity of Europe hangs.

Indeed, this may be the most important meeting between British and Irish leaders since former prime minister David Lloyd George sat down with Michael Collins in December 1921 to thrash out the deal that led to the Irish Free State.

Tonight the onus will be on Varadkar who needs to abandon his childish appeals to Irish nationalism and help find a solution for the benefit of Europe as a whole.

If Varadkar fails to realise what is at stake, then it is Ireland not Britain that will suffer most from a no-deal Brexit with disastrous economic consequences.

A time limit or an acceptable replacement to the backstop must be found or else there will be no deal.

Mrs Robinson started it

MOVIE The Graduate, released in 1967, is a classic because of the performance by the stunning Anne Bancroft as the glamorous Mrs Robinson.

The idea that an older woman can have confidence in her looks and sexuality is probably less of a shock now owing to the impact of that film.

So it is good that J D Williams has commissioned 59-year-old Nicola Griffin to model its latest selections of lingerie.

Beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder but seen in people of all ages.

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