Some people might be a bit surprised that the Daily Mail — a newspaper which normally likes to support the police — has a front page story this morning excoriating and vilifying police chiefs:
Interestingly, these dramatic allegations by the Mail come just two days after several police chiefs strongly criticised George Osborne in a professional journal for his “farcical” and “chaotic” reforms:
Maybe. But the Mail’s attack on senior police officers also comes just one day after the newspaper attacked senior NHS managers:
And these attacks from the Mail also come just days after criticisms in the media from other NHS managers on Osborne’s planned cuts:
“The NHS is headed for financial ruin”
“Ministers are in denial about what is happening”
Osborne is apparently Mail editor Paul Dacre’s favourite politician — and with the newspaper’s political editor now officially working as the chancellor’s spin doctor — we can assume this may be more than just the usual anti-public sector rantings of the right-wing press.
With Osborne’s controversial Autumn Statement due in just two weeks time, the Mail seems to be carrying out a campaign of intimidation on behalf of George Osborne against anyone of influence in the public sector speaking out against him and his unpopular cuts to front-line public services.
Whatever the merits of exposing individual excesses: the broader message to public sector leaders is clear.
Step out of line — and face the consequences.