No respect for officers
Having been born and raised from the early 1950s onwards, police in my native town’s community were to be feared and, if an officer should ever turn up on our doorstep, it was seen as being shamed among our neighbours.
To even think of assaulting a police officer just wasn’t thought of.
I recall being horrified as a kid when given a dressing down by our local policeman when he found myself and a mate climbing on some scaffolding attached to newly built houses and scared he might tell my parents.
Times have changed and discipline gone right out the window, so that even the police aren’t allowed to physically put us in our place.
Yet, they have to put up with assaults from members of the public when they are reprimanded for something they shouldn’t be doing.
If an officer approached me, I’d be mortified to say the least.
I’ve heard a spokesman has stated officers know what to expect and the risks involved, but this shouldn’t include biting, kicking, spitting and a complete disrespect for our police and their quest to keep the public safe, especially when cutbacks mean fewer officers on our streets, making it so much harder for those remaining with crime increasing because of it.
Yes, they chose to do the job, but anyone disrespecting or assaulting them should remember that officers also have parents, husbands or wives, siblings or children, just like us, and deserve to go home in one piece!
Don’t forget polio victims
Ninety three per cent of the population are unaware of a medical condition affecting 120,000 across the UK.
New research conducted by YouGov reveals only seven per cent of Brits are aware of the neurological condition Post Polio Syndrome (PPS). As CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, this highlights for me what is now an urgent need for more support for those living with PPS from public and the medical community alike.
Out of 2,034 people polled nationally, PPS achieved the lowest awareness rating by some distance when compared with other neurological conditions. Tellingly, in contrast to only seven per cent saying they had heard of PPS, 86 per cent had heard of Parkinson’s disease.
The results are shocking but confirm what we have suspected for some time and show how much work our charity still needs to do to ensure the community of Polio survivors in the UK do not become Polio’s forgotten footnote.
My frustration stems from the fact that PPS affects an estimated 120,000 people in the UK, a figure believed to be similar to the number of people suffering from Parkinson’s and other serious neurological conditions, so surely it is not too much to ask that PPS receives the same attention from the medical profession and the public?
We aim to help those who live with the late effects of Polio and PPS by providing information, welfare resources and support.
We don’t receive any government funding and we desperately need funds to conduct medical research into PPS, which would help our members better manage the condition in later life.
If you are interested in getting involved or need our support, please call us on 0800 043 1935, email at email@example.com or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk
Ted Hill MBE
The British Polio Fellowship