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Speaking of . . .

. . . Alan ‘Big Man’ Pollock, I’ve had a good look at that notorious YouTube video, and I’ve read up on the incident from both sides. The victim of Mr Pollock’s gratuitous assault . . . in my humble, the conductor should be fired for agreeing to his intervention . . . may have shot his mouth off, as young people can do after a glass of ale, but if his explanation is true, and no-one has come forward to call him a liar, he may have grounds for action. As the video demonstrates the conductor wasn’t willing to listen to him, but I hope that the British Transport Police will investigate the incident fully and impartially. In the meantime I know this; if that was my 19-year-old diabetic son who’d come home with a severely battered face, and some fat bully twice his size was taking public credit for doing it, I’d be strongly tempted to find out how big he really is.

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  1. Ryan
    March 23, 2013 at 5:14 am

    You have a go at transport cops in your books which I find a touch unfair. Having worked in the railway and seen first hand what they do, fights, sex pests and the worst type of death in a person getting hit by a train, I think your out of line. Where I live we would be more than happy to have the cops from the rail on our area, rather than the lazy fat don’t as me to do anything ones we have. They might not make detectives of the highest standard but I don’t think that’s what they are there for. I was told of good books by lots of people but found you insulting to people I clearly know more about than you.

    • March 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      I was going to spam this, but I relented; instead I’m going to put you right, because I will not have anyone get away with accusing me of insulting behaviour. You’re commenting on a two-year-old post. I’ve just reviewed it, and find nothing there that’s critical of the transport cops, in any way. As far as my books are concerned, there’s something pretty basic that I have to point out to you. They’re fiction. I make them up, I invent characters and I give those characters views and opinions. They might not coincide with yours, but equally, they might not, and often don’t, coincide with mine. In the real world, there are cops who may sneer occasionally at colleagues in other forces. Do you want me to pretend that doesn’t happen? If I don’t reflect counter-views, counter-culture and the politically incorrect in my imaginary world, alongside the socially acceptable, then I’m not doing my job. So please don’t be naive enough to assume that everything my characters do is a reflection of my own attitudes and beliefs. For the record, I had occasion to work with the BTC cops in Glasgow more than 30 years ago. They were a thorough, disciplined and efficient force back then and I don’t need to be persuaded that they still are. Finally, when it comes to insults, Ryan, I’d invite you to read the third sentence of your comment before chucking any more baseless accusations at me.

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