Sunday, March 05, 2006

World Weary Detective

World Weary Detective: This is the End A sad day for World Weary Detective, a Met detective whose blog is described, in his own words, as: " A view of life from the thin layer between you and the underclass". In a posting entitled "This is the end", he writes: "On Friday 3rd March 2006, the Management Board of the Metropolitan Police Service issued the following statement to all members of staff: 'Recently the organisation has become aware of a series of web-logs or blogs - where authors - claiming to be police officers - have offered their views on a number of issues in a highly personalised, often controversial manner.' This statement is followed by 'guidance' on writing blogs. In summary, this states that although 'blogging' cannot be stopped, the 'impact of expressing views and opinions that are damaging to the organisation or bring the organisation into disrepute' must be considered. Disciplinary proceedings may be considered against posters of material that may be (among other things) defamatory, offensive or otherwise inappropriate." I have committed no crime. I have compromised no police operations. I have received no payment for anything published on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own. It is therefore with deep regret and great sadness that I must announce that I will no longer be submitting posts to this blog. I cannot challenge New Scotland Yard. I am weary indeed and cowardice is my bedmate. The protection of my family must take precedence. To each and every one of you - take note of what has happened here and be afraid. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. - George Orwell ." There are plenty of nice farewell comments to this post, expressions of solidarity, etc. I wonder whether other organisations will be following suit, or if indeed I am out of date and the Met is doing what others have done already. (note, I think WWD is a "he" from previous posts I have read, but apologies if not.)