34 year old offence

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted a 34 year old conviction for drink driving while he was a constable. It was dealt with at the time in the ways of the time. I don’t see why it is a big deal it is now.

I think that by then – about 1983 – I was fairly responsible with drink driving, but in the decade before that I was a part of a widespread problem that killed and maimed many people. I was very lucky to survive, as were many many others.

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  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 24, 2017

    It was 34 years ago-the reporter might not even have been born then. Why is such a hoohah being made now ? It’s not as if it was 3 or 4 years ago. Very stale news. If he’d been a policeman then, it might be relevant to something, but as it is….yawn.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 24, 2017

      Can’t understand it. It’s not as if he is Trump and and therefore fair game for any dirt however ancient and remote that can be dug up and thrown.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 24, 2017

        In Trump’s case, the dirt is recent and on video. Dirty old men must expect to be reviled for being dirty old men. Hypocrites who tell everyone else to buy and hire American when their own merchandise is made in China and other parts of Asia and who employ migrant workers surely know that people will see this as hypocrisy.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  February 24, 2017

          Oh no it’s not, Kitty. A lot of it goes back decades and doesn’t involve him at all – just someone he’s known or worked with.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  February 25, 2017

            Tuff titty for him. I am thinking of his vulgarity and obscenity, his lying about things that are easily disproved, his ‘university’ where all the ‘students’ were given seems to have been glorified ads, his hypocrisy about buying and hiring American when he doesn’t do it himself, his tantrums when he’s criticised, his racism, his saying that his worth is several times what it really is….then there’s his boasting about how he’s the greatest/cleverest at almost everything…

    • NOEL

       /  February 24, 2017

      It was dragged, excuse the pun into a story about police been slow to random drug test.
      When my son was in Customs years ago he always went out side when someone lit up to end the night conversing with a soldier or rigger employed at the local steel mill.

  2. This just proves that alcohol-related criminal convictions are treated/considered different from ‘DRUG convictions’ which are often dragged up decades later to discredit a ‘Druggie’.. if/when required.

    In the eyes of the law, drug offenders should, tatoo, there conviction on their forehead, because its Permanent.. so much for ‘do the crime & do the time’ it never really goes away !

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 24, 2017

      That would depend upon the offence, wouldn’t it ? It’s impossible to generalise in this way. I imagine that someone who’d been caught with one joint 34 years ago would be seen differently to someone like Mr Asia. If the policeman had been a repeat offender who’d gone on a rampage and mowed people down, this would be seen quite differently to someone who’d been caught over the limit.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 24, 2017

    Sanctimonious tripe from the media. Nothing new there then. I can’t imagine this will do anything for public respect for the MSM.

  4. patupaiarehe

     /  February 24, 2017

    I’m wondering why this is suddenly news, decades after the fact…

    • Nelly Smickers

       /  February 24, 2017

      Don’t forget about *Rolf Harris*…..same thing applied.

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  February 24, 2017

    In a battle between pisspots & paedos Nelly, I don’t suspect you will be surprised who gets my sympathy…

  6. duperez

     /  February 24, 2017

    I appreciate the topic being raised regarding police being slow to random drug test. Big deal though, that takes about 30 seconds. Are there no other important issues of the day for the intrepide reporter to get into? I mean, where’s Max when you need him?

  7. Conspiratoor

     /  February 24, 2017

    Times have changed. I’m pretty sure in 83 it was illegal for cops to randomly stop drivers. They had to have a cause. So the threshold for a dic was a lot higher. There were many times I drove home from the pub when the only time I was on the road was when I was crossing it

    • patupaiarehe

       /  February 24, 2017

      Times certainly have changed C. I remember a story my boss (when I was an apprentice) used to tell, when he’d had a few, about when he was an apprentice. Tga was a much smaller town, 50 years ago, back when he was an apprentice. Back then, the cops knew the ‘kids’, & their dads…
      He’d started at 6am, to get a job out the door by 2:30pm. 6 Men, & 4 ‘lads’, had done the same, and a project that was supposed to take 80 ‘man’ hours, was completed in under 60. Needless to say, the boss was most impressed, told them to knock off & enjoy a well earned crate on him, & paid them all 8 hours wages.
      So at around 10pm, he had what pissheads refer to as ‘a moment of clarity’.
      Realizes that he is supposed to be at work at 7:30 tomorrow morning!
      So he stumbles out of the Pub, & jumps on his motorbike. Kicks it started, and gets about 50m up the road, before he sees lights flashing, & a blip on the siren behind him. “Oh Fuck!”, he thinks. This is the conversation following, as best as I can remember it…
      “Hello officer, is everything OK?”
      “I’m fine, how are you son?”
      “Not bad Sir, I’m just on my way home from work”
      “Really? Your father told me you just got an apprenticeship at……………… I’m pretty certain you don’t work at the pub, where I followed you from”.
      “Um, I was just dropping my friend off there Sir, on my way home.”
      “So you’re a little tired after doing a long shift, ARE YOU son?!
      “Sure am, Sir”
      “Son, I know where you live, I’m going to put my lights on, & you are going to follow me straight home…..

      • Conspiratoor

         /  February 24, 2017

        True pat. We all knew the local cop, he was one of us. No quotas orspeed cameras or Asian tourists taking you out on blind corners. Just four wheeled death traps and loose metal roads that taught us how to drive

        • patupaiarehe

           /  February 24, 2017

          I knew most of the local cops C, due to a ‘misspent’ youth. They all knew what I was up to back then, but never caught me at it. Some of the same cops are still about, and I had a chat to one of them recently. He asked me what I do now, so I told him. He looked a bit stunned, & asked if I had kids. I smiled, then I told him how many. Once again, he looked a bit stunned. I smiled at him again, & said “if you haven’t heard about me until now, I must be behaving myself!”. He smiled back at me, & said “Well done, …..”

        • patupaiarehe

           /  February 25, 2017

          Be careful about identifying a ‘good cop’. There are plenty about, and calling attention to them probably isn’t in their best imterests