Sergeant Matt Ratana – London Constable

End of Watch, International Edition. Police Sergeant Shot Dead at Police Station in London

Police named the victim as 54-year-old Matt Ratana, a custody sergeant who was originally from the Hawke’s Bay area of New Zealand. A former London Irish rugby player, he had been in the London police force since 1991.

Much is being made of the details, and how can gun crime happen in gun-free London, but the story should be about the dead Sergeant.

Police said the incident occurred at about 2:15 a.m. while the man was being detained at the Croydon Custody Centre, where arrested suspects are processed. The officer was treated at the scene for injuries but died in hospital.

The 23-year-old suspect is thought to have then turned the gun on himself.

The bad guy did not manage to kill himself.

Those Civilized British

JusticeWhere rape is almost never prosecuted because it was her fault, or she asked for it or something like that. ‘The police said it wasn’t rape it was rough sex’

I can’t even stand to read this, but here are the statistics, buried at the bottom of the article.

In England and Wales, only 1.7% of reported rapes are prosecuted, according to Home Office statistics. Charities warn that the official number of sexual assault reports is only a fraction of the real problem, arguing that rape is still severely under-reported.

And self-defense, not just firearms, is outlawed. You are supposed to depend on the police for protection! Some plan.

Historic Bridge Repair in England

How do you repair a viaduct that is more than 150 years old, and a historic monument, and still keep the trains running on time? Historic Ribblehead viaduct threatens to collapse after walkers are hit by falling rubble from structure that cost more than 100 workers’ lives when it was built in 1870s.

  • The grade II structure has developed dangerous defects that are causing masonry to plunge off the edge 
  • It means tourists flocking to the historic attraction on the Settle-Carlisle line risk being hit by falling debris  
  • Proposals include restitching the viaduct’s 24 arches, inserting anchors and repairing rainwater systems

The viaduct opened 12 October 1870

You can’t repair a 150-year-old structure without making some changes. Which is a problem for some people. But it beats tearing down an historic structure because it is becoming unsafe.

Network Rail said minimising the risk to workers during repairs is a priority. Restitching masonry fractures, inserting anchors, reinforcing stone and repainting metalwork are included in the proposed plans.

Other proposed repairs include reinforcing stone repair mortar, repointing faulty mortar joints and repairing rainwater systems.

As they note in the title to the article, more than 100 people died during the construction.

At least they didn’t wait for the viaduct to completely collapse before starting repairs.

When Comparing the US and European Countries, Always Consider Rate per Million

The US is much bigger than the UK, or Spain, or Italy. We are probably larger than The UK plus Spain plus Italy combined. So when you look at “total number” of anything, we likely have more. You need to consider the rate of each country. UK suffers second-highest death rate from coronavirus | Free to read. OK, so a lot of things are the rate per 100,000. You know what I mean.

Excess deaths is a number that comes from the actuaries. It doesn’t rely on testing. It looks at “What were the expected number of deaths, due to history, and how has that changed?”

Excess deaths is internationally recognised as the best way to compare countries’ performance in handling infectious diseases. Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical officer, called excess deaths “the key metric”.

No false positives. No false negatives. No fudging numbers because there is a financial incentive to count a death as being from COVID-19. Just statistics.

So here’s the image of the day. The relevant bit is the left-most graph. To my way of thinking, anyway. As always, click the image for a larger view. Well, almost always.

The article was published on May 28th, but clearly the data is older than that. Still not too old, and the point is still valid.

Now considering the relative death rates, tell me again, how awful the US response has been, or how horrible our health care is. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Oh, and then consider that a lot of the problems we have are a direct result of some bone-headed decisions made in New York and Michigan and couple of other Blue States.

COVID-19 Death Rates Vary by Race in the UK

A RACIST virus. Labour calls for bosses to risk-assess staff given higher BAME Covid-19 death rate.

BAME is a British acronym for “Black and Minority Ethnic.” Those communities have a higher death-rate from the virus.

An Office for National Statistics study found that, if just considering age, black women were 4.3 times more likely to die from a Covid-19-related death, and black men 4.2 times more likely, than their white counterparts.

Once socio-demographic and self-reported health and disability factors were taken into account, black people were still twice as likely to be killed by coronavirus.

People of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian and mixed ethnicity also had a higher risk of death compared with the white population.

Though they didn’t break out the numbers for those last groups.

If a Muslim Immigrant Kills a 7-yr-old Girl…

And the media buries the story, did it really happen? Yes, it did happen. But the Left’s preferred narrative makes it necessary for the media to make sure you never know about it.

So in that place where Great Britain used to be… Somali National Stabs to Death 7-year-old in UK Park; Katie Hopkins’ Letter is a Must Read.

It happened in March, but made little news mostly we can only assume, and others have speculated, that it is because the violent act was perpetrated by a Somali woman against a beautiful innocent white child unknown to the attacker.

Early reports of the killing never mention a word about the identity of the attacker as a migrant from Africa.

Political Correctness dictates that the facts (which are racist) cannot be brought to light. People might begin to think thoughts that are not government approved, or approved by the Left!

A news article from a month ago. Somali national arrested for stabbing 7-year-old British girl in the throat, killing her while she played in the park.

Hat tip to mobiuswolf at The zombie apocalypse survival homestead, who you really should be reading.

In That Place Where Great Britain Used to Be

There is no free speech in the UK, and that most definitely includes Scotland. Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray Indicted.

His crime? He critizised the government, and so he must be sent to jail. A jury? A trail? Don’t be stupid. This is a police state we are talking about.

“The state believes it has finally discovered a way to put me in prison without the inconvenient hurdle of a jury of my peers. Contempt of Court is just decided by a judge. It is extraordinary that you can go to jail for a substantial two years with no jury protection and no test of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’; and on the whim of a judge defending what he may view as the dignity of his own office. This really is the epitome of bad law. To use it against freedom of speech is disgusting. …

“I am charged specifically with saying that the Alex Salmond case was a fit-up [in America we would call it a frame-up for crime] and a conspiracy in which the Crown Office was implicated. So I thought I would say it again now: ‘The Alex Salmond case was a fit-up and a conspiracy in which the Crown Office was implicated, foiled by the jury. If Scotland is the kind of country where you go to jail for saying that, let me get my toothbrush.'”

You questioned their authority. You didn’t do exactly what you were told to do. You believe something that is not government approved. and you said something that is not government approved. Of course the police state is going to put you in prison. What do you think they do? (In the old Soviet Union, they might have sent you to a mental institution. Hardly different.)

Cops Behaving Badly: UK Edition

You could also file this under, “Cops STILL don’t know that cameras are everywhere.” ‘Who are they going to believe?’: Police officer threatens to ‘make something up’ and arrest man.

Nothing will happen to this cop. The Lancaster, Police Force will “investigate” and an apology will be issued. The cop in question will ride a desk for a week and be back on the street. That is my prediction.

Lancashire Police have now issued an official response to the video, confirming the matter is being investigated.

Well the public can rest easy!

Do you think this would be the first time this cop threatened to “make something up?” Do you think that he, or other cops on that force, make shit up? Do you think the brass doesn’t know? (Hat tip IOWT Report and Pirate’s Cove.)

Ministry of Truth is Created in the UK

More like Airstrip One everyday. UK Govt. Approves Net Censorship – Free Speech Dies – Liberty Nation.

The United Kingdom has become the first Western nation to move ahead with large-scale censorship of the internet, effectively creating regulation that will limit freedom on the last frontier of digital liberty. In a move that has the nation reeling, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled rules that will punish internet companies with fines, and even imprisonment, if they fail to protect users from “harmful and illegal content.”

Couched in language that suggests this is being done to protect children from pedophiles and vulnerable people from cyberbullying, the proposals will place a massive burden on small companies. Further, they will ultimately make it impossible for those not of the pervasive politically correct ideology to produce and share content.

Western Civilization was nice while it lasted. (Hat tip)

Nigel Farage Says So Long to the EU

Nigel Farage has been campaigning to get the United Kingdom out of the European Union for sometime. It finally happened on Friday. So here is Mr. Farage telling the EU to F-off, but in that relatively polite way that the British have, and yet still letting them have it.

After the break there’s another video, by Dominic Frisby, who is not so polite. (That video is not safe for work. You’ve been warned.)

Hat tip to Pushing Rubber Downhill.

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Gunfire In Gun Free UK

How is this possible? They should pass a law outlawing guns, or something. Oh, wait… Boy playing on Xbox was forced to duck when bullets sprayed above his head as gunman blasted home.

A family ‘feared for their lives’ as a gunman blasted shots at their home on two occasions in the same day in Wigan.

Dad-of-two, Jamie Bailey, was ‘lucky not to have killed anyone’ during the shootings in Beech Hill in May 2018, a judge told the court.

The guy responsible was sentenced today to 7 years and change. He will be out of prison in no time.

So they outlawed guns and still there is gun crime. Then they outlawed knives and still there is knife crime. Now they are asking the public to report people buying hammers. I suppose that means there is hammer crime. So when will they admit that it isn’t the fault of the object but the fault of the actor? I’m not holding my breath.

Political Correctness vs Protecting Child Abuse Survivors

In that place where Great Britain used to be… Rotherham sex abuse: Failure to identify police officer questioned by MP.

It said police failed to protect the complainant, exposing her to abuse.

It also found an officer – whose identity is a mystery – said “racial tensions” meant nothing could be done.

Because if you do anything, like enforce the law, or protect young victims of abuse, you could be labeled a racist, and that would be a fate worse than death.

Oh, and while they have records of the victim talking to police, somehow those records don’t include which police officer took statements.

And those racial tensions didn’t exist for a day or a week or a month or even a year.

The IOPC also upheld a complaint that the victim’s father was told by a senior – but unidentifiable – officer that the force was aware abuse “had been going on 30 years and the police could do nothing because of racial tensions”.

How many police officers were on the Yorkshire PD in 30 years? How many just didn’t care about what was going on? How many UK governments were doing things like outlawing fox hunting because that was cruel and ignoring this? And no one will be held accountable. There’s a report, and a victim may receive some money. But no cop will lose his job, or his pension, or even have trouble sleeping at night because of this. After all, they could do nothing. (Hat tip to Blazing Cat Fur)

Unexpectedly, The UK Markets Rally

But everyone told me how awful Brexit would be! Market value of top UK firms up £50bn as post-election rally continues.

Britain’s leading companies have seen their stock market valuation rise by almost £50bn after the post-election rally in share prices gathered pace.

In a second day of hefty gains, the FTSE 100 index shrugged off evidence that the economy was struggling in the run up to polling day and closed 165 points higher at 7,519.05.

That “evidence” was all the polls predicting Labour win.

Make the United Kingdom Great Again

Or something. Boris Johnson on course for huge win in UK election, exit poll suggests.

Brexit seemed to be firmly back on track Thursday after an initial exit poll suggested his Conservative Party was on course to secure a large majority — 86 seats — in the House of Commons.

That is “the best results for the Conservatives since Margaret Thatcher’s win in 1987.” And THAT is saying something.

And Jeremy Corby is out at the Labour Party. UK election 2019: Labour MPs turn on Jeremy Corbyn as projections point to Conservative landslide

Mr Corbyn already indicated he would be stepping down as Labour leader.

He said he intended to remain in Parliament and would remain leader of the party until a replacement was appointed.

Epic. Fail.

These are all based on exit polls, so some details might change, but it should be an interesting couple of months in the UK.

Medical Rationing in the UK

Tests and treatments are expensive. Revealed: NHS plans to ration 34 everyday tests and treatments.

In a move that will impact millions of Brits…

The Guardian has seen a list of 34 diagnostic tests and treatments that in future patients will only be able to get in exceptional circumstances as part of a drive to save money and relieve the pressure on the NHS.

The sweeping changes they are set to propose include many forms of surgery, as well as ways of detecting illness including CT and MRI scans, and blood tests, for cancer, arthritis, back problems, kidney stones, sinus infections and depression.

The list has since been dropped to 31 items.

This is what happens when you put the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the IRS in charge of health care. You can’t sue them. You can barely object.

I can hardly wait until we have socialized medicine. (Hat tip to Political Hat.)

Pakistani-born Man Responsible for London Bridge Attack

The Other McCain has the info. Pakistani-Born Usman Khan Named as Killer in London Bridge Knife Attack.

Apparently the attack started at a Cambridge University conference before moving to the historic bridge. He stabbed delegates at the conference before running to the bridge.

Cambridge University geniuses: “Hey, let’s invite a violent Pakistani jihadist to our conference, because what could possibly go wrong?”

Reality is what is true, even if you don’t understand it, or believe it.

It Isn’t Only The USA That Has Been Ignoring Infrastructure

The UK just recently had an emergency related to the spillway of a dam. BBC – Whaley Bridge: How well was the dam maintained?

On 1 August 2019, water poured over the auxiliary spillway of the Toddbrook Reservoir, in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, UK. This was in the middle of a torrential downpour. (They got ½ month’s rainfall in 1 day.) The concrete spillway failed in fairly short order, and the earth, of a mostly earthen dam, began to erode. Evacuations were ordered. (This has reminded several people of the Oroville Dam near-disaster of 2017.)

There is a great picture of the spillway at the BBC article above that shows plants growing through the concrete, that would seem to indicate that the spillway was not maintained the way it should have been. Despite that, its annual inspections have rated the dam as “fine.” But then the dam at Oroville was inspected, and it was rated as “fine” or something to that effect, right before it failed spectacularly. (At least no one died in either event.)

The Canal and River Trust said the annual inspection of Toddbrook Reservoir in November was “absolutely fine”.

This coincided with an independent inspection taking place every 10 years, and the trust said this was fine too.

Both Oroville and Toddbrook dams were inspected. In both cases they were deemed in fine shape. Right before their spillways failed, nearly undermining the integrity of the dams. Seems like the inspections are not worth that much.

Background on the Toddbrook reservoir can be found at the Wiki.

In many ways the UK is worse off when it comes to aging infrastructure than the US. While they didn’t go in for grand designs like the Oroville dam, they have quite a few smaller ones. And they are old.

[Dr Panagiotis Michalis, who has been researching dams since 2010,] believes dams are a “ticking bomb” because of their ageing infrastructure and thinks incidents like the one at Whaley Bridge will become more common.

“In the UK the majority of the dams are more than 100 years old. That means they’ve exceeded their design lifespan,” he said.

You can’t ignore a major engineering work like a dam, that has exceeded its designed life, without catastrophic consequences. And yet it seems that is exactly what we are doing. Whaley Bridge dam collapse is a wake-up call: Concrete infrastructure demands maintenance.

At almost 50 years old, the thin grey line of concrete protecting the town of Whaley Bridge from the reservoir just a mile away has reached the end of its life. To fail to invest in and maintain these structures is reckless.

In the case of Toddbrook Reservoir, images of the damaged spillway may point to lack of enough maintenance. Drone footage shot by Miles Haslam in 2016 shows plants and grass growing on the surface of the spillway. This could mean the concrete surface may have already been cracked, or even that the foundation of the concrete spillway had been undermined, allowing plant life to grow. All this should be subject to a future investigation.

There is drone footage of the damn, at that 2nd link above, from 2016 that clearly shows the vegetation growing through the concrete.

And, drawing on all he learned from covering the Oroville near-disaster, Juan Browne, of Blancliro, also has coverage of the Whaley Bridge dam.

In both the cases of Toddbrook/Whaley Bridge and Oroville we avoided loss-of-life, but these are not the only two dams with problems. Trusting to luck, when people could die is certainly reckless.

A Restraining Order Is Just a Piece of Paper – UK Edition

But in the UK she has no chance of defending herself. Thug Denver Harris who beat girlfriend black and blue on the run after ‘cutting police tag off’.

He beat her. He kept her locked up in her in her own house for 2 days. He violated a restraining order. He was sent to jail but he was out on “license” (that’s British for “parole” I’m guessing). He was given an ankle monitor, which he cut off. Cops have been looking for him for over a month.

When he first went on the run at the end of September, a spokesman for the MoJ said: “We are working closely with West Midlands Police to find Harris who faces going back to prison once caught.”

It said his victim, Leanne Barrett, had been notified and officers are working with her to keep her safe.

I would say the best thing they could do would be to give her a 9mm, a case of FMJs, 2 boxes of hollow-points, some instruction and all the range time she wants, but that will never happen in the UK, where they are too “civilized” (read that as domesticated) to allow self-defense, and certainly not armed self-defense. Maybe they can put up a sign that reads, “No domestic violence allowed on these premises.” That is sure to work, at least as well as can be expected.

And if he kills her this time? Well, the powers-that-be in the UK will just wring their hands and say they did all they could do. Aside from empowering her to defend herself, that is.

Truly a defenseless victim, in a defenseless-victim zone.

A Defenseless Victim in a Defenseless Victim Zone

She is disarmed for her own protection. Domestic violence victim begs police to do more to help her as she releases terrifying footage of her violent ex head-butting her friends’ car window in an angry confrontation.

The cops in the UK have plenty of time to investigate hate crimes, and verbal slights, but actual violence? Well, they’re disarmed too, for the most part.

Ms Carter claims Smith has repeatedly breached a restraining order but says police advised her to move house, change her car and park it down the driveway

Sounds like that restraining order is really useful. About as useful as the cops.

Ms Carter said: ‘After that he received a community order and a restraining order that banned him from coming from within 50 metres of me. For a few months that worked, until he started just completely ignoring it.

It’s just a piece of paper after all.

So she can’t defend herself. That’s completely illegal in the UK. And the cops won’t do anything useful.

Restraining Orders Are Useless – UK Edition Part 2

Because some people just don’t understand, “It’s over.” Woman bombards ex with calls and messages after four-week relationship ends.

A spurned lover plagued her ex with 45 texts, 62 mobile phone calls, 27 voicemails and 21 Facebook messages after their four-week romance ended.

Joanne Amy Brennan, 48, also called her former boyfriend Robert Rowledge 11 times on Facebook Messenger and sent messages to his family in a six day period.

And this isn’t the first time she’s been a pain in the ass. There were 5 separate restraining orders against her, for different people, all of which she violated in the past.

And even though they are talking about the Boston Magistrate’s Court, this is not a story from Massachusetts. Boston is a town in Lincolnshire on the east coast of England.

And people need to get a grip.