Brown cannot even be straight in TV debate!
PM deserved a low score
Gordon Brown said in this evening’s Leaders’ Debate on ITV:
“The one thing I’m absolutely sure of, we have to maintain the number of police we have in this country.”
Yet Labour cannot even maintain police numbers now. Already twelve police forces in the UK have reduced police numbers in the last five years, and a leaked report for the Home Office, co-written by Mark Rowley, the Chief Constable of Surrey, has raised the prospect of 28,000 police officers being replaced by civilian workers to save money (The Daily Telegraph, 11 March 2010).
Brown also promised that the police will have to spend at least 80% of their time on the streets, but this pledge previously made in a Home Office advertisement has already been ruled illegal by the Advertising Standards Agency (The Guardian, 25 March 2010).
Why does he say these things?