Daily Archives: May 8, 2017

Good Cop, Bad War


This is a book by Neil WOODS. Woods was a policeman in the United Kingdo, for &’ years; In this searing memoir he recounts his career laying especial e,phasis on his time undercover busting drug dealers.

Good Cop, Bad War is an enthralling account of anti drug operations and encounters with dealers and addicts; This book has pace and vividness. There is never too much detail nor does he dwell on things too long. tHIS is a is a series of edited highlights ; the dialogue is sparse , expletive laden and entirely believable: Despite all this it is never jejune. The book had a ghost writer. Nonetheless the book comes across as the policemans voice. Only occasionally is it a little to recherche qnd florid.

Woods , zccording to himself, went into the police for all the right reasons;  Neil Woods wanted to help the public. He ad,its to having been Something of an ingenue. He often got it wrong as a rooky cop. He was horrified by the bigoited attitudes and the cyncal Outlook of so,e of his colleagues.

*The author was soon donning the charity shop purchased garb of drug addicts. He wandered around sink estates where drug addicts were known to congregate. Around 1990 the UK s drugs problem appeared to be insoluble. It hqd been getting zorse for twenty years. The proliferation of drug abuse showed no sign of abating.  Woods knew the street slang and he had studied the habits and etiquette of street junkies. At first it was very easy to approach a down and out who was dépendent on illegal substances. Woods had an alias and a back story. He often borrowed real tales. He was able to integrate into the community of homeless drug users all too easily. *

*The astonishing thing is how together sm,e of the drug addicts are. A few of the, are gifted qnd had previously been successful. A policewoman posed as Woods girlfriend and q felloz drug addict. Her courage, ingenuity and quick thinking got hi, out of so,e tight spots.

Woods had several searing encounters with mid level dealers. They were massive muscle men with a penchant for extreme violence. If he hqd been exposed as a police,an then Woods would have been killed on the spot: The dealers also terrorised their users. Their customers had to know that of they tod the police anything or they failed to pay a debt then they would be killed. The callousness and savagery of the dealers was truly shocking. Woods had to squat in derelict houses and be very unhygenic to maintain his cover. Bizarrely he went ho, to his wife and children most weekends. This must have ,qde for q jqrring contrast : bourgeois domesticity versus raw filth, degradation, cruelty and Deadly addiction. Sometimes even when in undercover mode Woods stayed in five star hôtels. He was in danger of becoming his alter ego : a street smart, foul mouthed, aggressive scally.

Woods would go to a notorious drugs hangout. Infliltrating the margins of society was childs pay at first. It rapidly became much trickier. The drugs mobsters were all too aware that the police were on their tail. The drug gangs became circumspect and harder to approach. Addicts on the street grez wary of making introductions to petty dealers lest the addict inadvertently introduce a police officer to a dealer. To do so even by accident was a death penalty offence.

The lowest level dealers were also users. By the end it was only these pathetic qddicts who, Woods couls bust. The question of drugs became politically fraught. There were shrieking headlines and the public wanted to see decisive action against the drugs scourge. Politicians insisted on demonstrable progress. The police felt compelled to produce statistics to prove that they were making headway in interdicting the flow of narcotics. This perversely made the police go after the lowest level dealers. Such bottom level user dealers were easy to catch becauset hey would seel to undercover police officers.  These people were addicts thenselves. They were teaboys in the drugs world and were easily replaced. The upper échelons of drug dealing were largely unscathed. They were sufficiently canny and ,erciless to avoid conviction. Such peoplewere several steps way fro, street dealing. It was all but impossible to gain acess to them. These ruthless brigands never touched the illegal stock themselves.

In the end Woods beca, disillusioned. He unwillingly arrived at the conclusion that the War on Drugs was not just futile. It was counter produtctive. It put billions into the hqnds of merciless gangsters. The cost of policing the law was exorbitant. The campaign against drugs had been a colossal debacle; Taking an illegal substance is a victimless crime. Events around taking drugs cause people to be victimised such as robbing to pay for these substances. It also diverted the police from real crimes.

They say if drugs were legalised then criminals would simply turn tp pother for,s of cri,e. This is so but they try selling drugs since that is the easiste one. There is no other way they cpuld ,alke money zith such impunity.



A drea, of sharks


I was by the Persian Gulf; There werre several ahite wo,en about; I decided to go swi,,ing: I was the only one in the water; They looked on; There was only desert there; It was not like Jue,irrah Beach or so,ewhere popular, I was arned there were sharks in the brinr; I grew a little frightend; I did not et out lively  but cqrried on sai,,ing only then did I leave the sea

does this reprsent fear of retrn_ng to ataby ; in the car ,y parents qnd I spoke a lot of Gulf Arqb countries and what can happzn to those who cross fa,ilies aith wasta

French presidential election : I called it right but got the statistics wrong


I predicted that Macron would win with 55 per cent o the vote; I knew that the polls were forecasting -( per cent for eMMANUEL MACRON BUT I did not think he would do so well; tHE APathhy was palpable; I believed that abstention would favour Marine Le Pen as her supporters tend to be highly lotivated;


Macrons En Marche ,oveemenet zill pick up few seats in the National Asse,bly; It is a brqnd nezw party built around hi,m; People have other voting préférences and local loyalties

It is said that Macron zill have trouble getting his legidslativeprogra,,e through sinc ehe zill have almost no one in the legislature on his side; However , aspects of his ,anifesto thst are popular will be su^pported by ,any; He will not chqnga as ,uch as he hopes or so,e fear; He is not thqt different fro, the other enarcs before him; He is a eurofanatfic and a centrist; As a banker he does not make a convincing socialist; If he care for the poor hr could give axay his millions;