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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

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Dear Theresa,

4 December 2010

Thanks for writing to me.

Did Mr Cameroon give you my address?

Well done on your strategy for police reform.

I like the way you have done away with “Targets” and replaced them with “Goals”

I’m sure this will make all the difference.

I am impressed with your strategy for making the police more “accountable” and at the same time removing the driving wedgies of paperwork that would secure convictions.

I realise you are preaching to the converted who are not remotely interested in reading anything other than empty platitudes.

By the way, I think you were elected to take care of the police.  so why are you asking me to do it?

Nice One. Very well done.


Dear Leslie,

1 December 2010

Today we unveiled radical new reforms to put the public back at the heart of our drive to cut crime, and give people more influence over their local communities.

For the first time you will have a real say in how your local area is policed through directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners. From May 2012 these Commissioners will replace faceless police authorities and they will set goals and priorities for their police forces according to the wishes of the public who elect them.

On top of this, we are strengthening the powers that police and councils have to tackle crime and, in particular, alcohol-related, disorder.

We are putting in place these changes because, for too long, the fight against crime has been tangled up in a web of centrally imposed red tape, driving a wedge between the police and their local communities.

Under Labour the police were behind desks, not out on the streets; they were chasing targets, not fighting crime. As the former chair of the Police Federation said, because of 'Government diktats, the service has been reduced to a bureaucratic, target-chasing, points-obsessed arm of Whitehall'.

Instead, our reforms will help make the police more visible, available, and accountable - putting the public back at the heart of policing.

If you're interested in finding out more please click here and you can tell your friends and family about our reforms.


Theresa May

Home Secretary

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