The transcript from the on-line chat with former Sydney detective Tim Priest following last night's fairly lame Sixty Minutes expose' is finally up, and includes a few memorable lines, including the following:-
Certainly in any wealthy society, every attempt should be made to ensure that every person has as good an education and as good opportunities as others. However, if you drive through Macquarie Fields, you will see that these people have power, a roof over their heads, and frequently have a Foxtel satellite on their roof. If that is poverty I would hate to see what poverty is like in Brazil or Soweto. We seem to have a very wealthy underclass in Australia.
Bella asks: Tim, how do you feel when you hear teenagers talking about police as they did on camera?
Tim Priest: It makes my blood boil. Certainly in what we call "the good old days of policing" they wouldn't have been game to open their mouths and utter some of the crap that those idiots were saying. It just goes to show the standard of self-discipline that is on our streets and it is a perfect example of what happens when governments and senior police direct their focus away from quality-of-life policing to policing by public relations.
mouse asks: How can the police have any control until we get magistrates who will uphold the laws. How about boot camps for louts?
Tim Priest: Firstly the issue of magistrates in NSW is about to become a very contentious subject. There is an almost seemingly endless line of public defenders and legal aid solicitors being appointed to the NSW bench who have values that are out of step with the rest of the community. There are almost daily occurrences of magistrates appointed by the NSW government who throw matters out of court at a whim and deal out pathetic punishments to violent criminals. Given this, it is no surprise that there is no deterrent whatsoever to the thugs at Macquarie Fields, who have, as seen in the interview most likely been before the very magistrates that I talk about. In my opinion, the legal system in NSW needs an almighty shake up. Wherever you look in the justice system, every level of government is failing us badly — be it the police, the juvenile justice or the courts themselves and there is no end in sight.
empowerpolice asks: Do you think that the justice system should be overhauled? After all, we are living in 2005 not in the early 1900's when it was first initiated.
Tim Priest: Definitely. The justice system is controlled by lawyers who have a vested interest in keeping a less than level playing field. They have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. It is only a few days ago that NSW deputy crown prosecutor, Margaret Cuneen called for drastic change to the way that criminal trials are conducted and her advice must be heeded. The justice system is failing everyone in the community except the criminals. It is antiquated and totally out of step with community standards or expectations.
Stu asks: Tom (sic), you mentioned 'the good old days" of policing. I recall my father telling me about how if they did anything wrong, the policeman would come around and give them a kick in the arse. Should this kind of "strategy" come back? Could it even come back?
Tim Priest: Sadly, I doubt that it will ever come back. These days we have "fence-sitters", that is the Police Integrity Commission, the Ombudsman, the ICAC, who are ready to pounce on any police indiscretion to justify their existence. We seem to have a very small group of people, academics and social engineers who are maintaining a stranglehold over policing and civil liberties. This has gone too far, and now the very civil liberties that these social engineers have thrust upon us are now allowing criminals to roam the streets, commit crimes at will and thereby making prisoners of normal, decent, ordinary people. In that way, civil liberties have failed most people.
Deano asks: What is your honest opinion about the disrespect? Is it a lifestyle choice; third, fourth generation unemployed; the feeling of hopelessness, drugs, etc, or a combination of the above?
Tim Priest: All of those factors, but it is my experience it is a matter of choice, not circumstance. Looking at all those big mouth morons from Macquarie Fields on 60 Minutes, I can't see any reason why those kids are not out working. There is no excuse in this country for people to live in poverty other than those who are physically or mentally disabled. You only have to look at the millions of immigrants that have come to this country with nothing and have made great lives for themselves and their families. Yet, there is a small percentage of these losers who continually cry poor and claim to be underprivileged. They are what they are by their own choice.
No wonder he's an ex-copper; those sort of RWDB views don't belong in today's touchy-feely diversity-aware culturally sensive utterley useless law enforcement services.
Meanwhile in Sydney's own little Balkan bloodhouse, rival Serbian and Croatian thugs have taken to each other during a soccer match, perhaps hoping to attract the press coverage back from those Bogan Come Latelies from MacQuarie Fields.
It is now being considered holding matches away from the public- a better option would be to remove the public from the matches, preferably all the way to the former Yugoslavia.
The Lakemba set must be seething with all the attention going to white-trash car thieves and Central European soccer cretins; expect some action from Bankstown's Fertile Cresent any time now.
(Cross-posted on the Daily Diatribe.