Monday, October 06, 2008
Taxpayers Funding Race Boycott?
So the Metropolitan Black Police Association (MBPA) is now organising a recruitment boycott of the Met. They say:
"The Metropolitan Black Police Association will, as of today, totally boycott all recruitment drives initiated by the Metropolitan Police Service to attract black and ethnic minority recruits and police staff...
The boycott and our active discouragement will continue during Black History Month and beyond until the Metropolitan Police Leadership and the Metropolitan Police Authority convince us that they care about race and equality for its workforce and the people of London.”
They are a trade union and that's the kind of stuff we expect from trade unions.
But what we don't expect is that taxpayers should fund it.
As BOM readers will know, the national Black Police Association has been largely funded by us (pic shows McNulty speaking at their 2007 conference). Over the last 5 years we've given them nearly £700,000.
Worse, they have a history of grossly misusing that money, including issuing tens of thousands of poundsworth of cheques with no recorded payee, making loans, and spending freely on items such as foreign trips and flowers without proper documentation (eg see this blog).
So what we need to know is whether we are also funding the MBPA.
According to the Home Office, we are not. We give money to the national association, but not the Met branch.
When you look on the National Association's site, it's quite clear that the Met Association started first - in 1994 - and was heavily involved in later setting up the national association (and in persuading Jack Straw to fund it). It would be very surprising if the National Association had now cut them off without a penny.
We reckon taxpayers are once again paying to have their own feet shot off.
PS The Black Police Association is not alone in getting public funding. In 2005-06, we supported the following police staff associations: National Black Police Association £172,609, National Gay Police Association £120,480, National Disabled Staff Association £10,000, British Women’s Police Association £77,290, Association of Chief Police Officers £819,835, Superintendent’s Association £610,786, Police Federation £149,801. Why? Why can't police staff pay for their own associations like say teachers do?