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Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance
Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance
by Tom Reynolds
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

17 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry, but this is just a pretty poor read, 19 July 2007
I bought this book with hopes of it opening my eyes to a world I knew little about. Unfortunately, the author's 'voice' gets in the way.
I had to put it down in the end because it reeked of smugness.
It's not all bad. There are one or two funny lines and some stuff you won't know, even if you're in the police/trumpton.
But to be honest, an intelligent MOP knows most of this already.
Sorry if this sounds negative, it's just not that great a read.

Wasting Police Time: The Crazy World of the War on Crime
Wasting Police Time: The Crazy World of the War on Crime
by David Copperfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything but naiive, 27 Jun. 2007
PC Copperfield goes to find missing children when the parents can't be bothered to drag themselves away from the TV to look for them themselves.

He attends addresses where bewildered young single mothers await the return of the thug-boyfriend who has earlier beaten them in front of their children.

He attends addresses where the 'complainant' has received nasty text messages, but has only just got up at 4pm and 'can't see you today cos I'm off out in a bit.'

He arrests yobs who wreck old people's garden fences.

He breaks up pub fights.

He tries to mediate between grown adults who are shouting and swearing at each other over who should have the TV remote.

He arrests boys for stealing a fat lad's bike.

He does all this with a mountain of paperwork, a tidal wave of regulation and an avalanche of government targets crushing the life out of him.

In short, he's just like any other front line bobby. Including several who have been murdered in the course of their work lately.

Is he a bitter, naive fascist, as one person claims? No. He's a decent and very ordinary bloke struggling, with colleagues, to hold back the tide of criminality, aggression and abuse sweeping our streets.

And his book is a work of genius.

If you are a doctrinaire left winger, just out of university and starting out in politics - you could be a local councillor, say, or an ex NUS rep now working as a Labour MP's researcher - you won't like this book much because it exposes the Emperor's New Clothes of the modern criminal justice system.

If you're a police officer, or a victim of crime, or an ordinary tax payer who despairs at where your taxes are going, you'll love it.

Hilarious. Brilliant. Savage. A must-read.

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