He's the bloke who, infamously, pioneered a 'softly, softly' approach to cannabis usage in Brixton. He is on record as saying:
"My view is that there are a whole range of people who buy drugs, not just cannabis but even cocaine and ecstasy... IT HAS NO ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE REST OF THE PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE WITH, WHETHER THIS IS THE PEOPLE THEY SOCIALISE WITH OR THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY. In terms of prioritisation, THEY ARE LOW DOWN ON MY PRIORITY LIST."And:
"Cannabis does not appear to damage the community like alcohol, crack and heroine... I HAVE NEVER KNOW ANYONE TO COMMIT CRIME IN ORDER TO FUND A CANNABIS HABIT".Which, if you know about these things, is not just a politically correct thing to say, it's incredibly dishonest as well. Especially when the words are spoken by a copper who has to deal with the results of ‘skunk’ cannabis usage all the time.
As regards his sexuality, Paddick says: 'I've been open and honest.' Which, according to a November 2002 letter, sent to him by the Metropolitan Police Authority, isn't strictly accurate.
Paddick had denied the claims made by former lover, James Renolleau, that he had smoked at least 100 spliffs with policeman P. He did, however, admit that Renolleau had used cannabis in their London flat. His lover was on police bail at this time, having previously been arrested for fraud.
The MPA's letter criticised Paddick for having ‘demonstrated lack of judgement.’ It also admonished him for failing to inform his superiors that he was cohabiting with a fraudster who was out on bail. All of which doesn't exactly inspire confidence in his ‘openness and honesty,’ now does it?
And then he wasn't all that open and honest when he pledged himself to his former wife. I mean, getting wed just to cover up his homosexuality wasn't a very nice trick to play on a trusting, young bride, now was it? And before that he got engaged to TWO other girls! It's not what most of us would call ‘open and honest,’ Paddick, old perv.
Paddick thinks ‘anarchy’ is ‘appealing.’ It used to say so on his website. That's anarchy. You know, lawlessness, might is right, take what you want, society's a drag sort of stuff. Here are a few more pearls of Paddickian wisdom:
"I am an ordinary gay man and I do things that ordinary gay men do.""There is a wonderful mix of people here... You can be yourself in Lambeth and it's not a problem. You can be what you want to be... I've been open and honest about... the number of robberies occurring the area, about the fact THEY'RE MORE BY YOUNG BLACK GUYS AS OPPOSED TO YOUNG WHITE GUYS."
"I demonstrate I understand the local community by not employing tactics like dog-sniffing down at the underground station... I won't use Section 60, which gives the police the power to be stopped and searched."Before we leave this ‘ordinary gay man’ to ‘do things that ordinary gay men do,’ I ought to admit that he does have his admirers.
Apart from the legalise cannabis crowd, Red Ken Livingston thinks he's great as well. Yep, when Paddick was moved to a desk job when his private life was being investigated, Red Ken said he was the victim of an ‘orchestrated campaign’ which was ‘highly homophobic, intrusive and personal.’ He also released a statement which read:
"There can be little doubt that Commander Paddick would not now be in the position he finds himself were it not for his sexuality. Those who have waged a campaign against this police officer are the real obstacles to the fight against crime."Anyway, Red Ken thinks Paddick is fab. As does Lee Jasper, who used to be one of Ken's most senior advisors.
"He understands the necessity to have a listening ear, and to be genuinely transparent and honest", says Jasper. "He trusted the community and they trusted him... He's a strongly extrovert character and that can often lead him to speaking without thinking and that can get him into trouble."What? How did a man who speaks ‘without thinking,’ and finds himself in trouble because of it, ever get to be number three at the Met?
Jasper said this at the time of the Met's investigation into the Paddick/Renolleau affair:
"Brian Paddick has revolutionised the face of police and community relations."Well, yes. I think we'd all agree with that, Mr Jasper. But did he revolutionise things for the better, that's the thing? Jasper added:
"He is a tremendously effective officer, which is why we want a speedy conclusion to this investigation. He's admitted his errors. He should be reinstated."In March 2002, at a time when those who were investigating Paddick were being pressured to exonerate him, Jon Owen Jones, MP, weighed in on his behalf with a heavyweight Early Day Motion. This aid:
"That this House deplores the witch-hunt currently underway against Brian Paddick, until recently the Commander of the Lambeth Police Force; deplores the homophobic nature of many of the smears and innuendoes directed against him; finds it extraordinary the Metropolitan Police has taken action against him on the basis of a previous boyfriend once having committed acts the Home Office has now decided are no more serious than a parking offence; and congratulates Commander Paddick for having the integrity and bravery to speak his mind on policing issues and hopes this episode will not discourage other policemen from doing the same in the future."Those, apart from Jon Owen Jones, who signed this for New Labour were:
John Austin, Vera Baird, Tony Banks, Harold Best, David Borrow, Russell Brown, Chris Bryant, Karen Buck, Martin Caton, Tony Colman, Jeremy Corbyn, Ann Cryer, Ian Davidson, Terry Davis, Clive Efford, Paul Flynn, Brian Iddon, Glenda Jackson, Lynne Jones, Ian Lucas, Alice Mahon, Rob Marris, Chris McCafferty, Edward O'Hara, James Plaskitt, Greg Pope, Gordon Prentice, Martin Salter, Alan Simpson, Chris Smith, Paul Stinchcombe and Rudi Vis.
John Barrett, Alistair Carmichael, Andrew George, Matthew Green, Nick Harvey, Paul Holmes, Nigel Jones and Jenny Tonge signed the EDM for the Lib Dems and Adam Price signed it for Plaid Cymru.
At least four of the above MPs are, themselves, gay and all of them are as PC as the powers-behind-the-throne require them to be.
Anyway, here's one last Paddickian pearl of wisdom before we pass on:
"Lambeth people tend to be more forward thinking. There is a lot younger population than in other parts of the country."So, young, black people, who do seem to commit the majority of the crime in the most ‘anarchic’ and violent neck of the woods in Britain, are, according to this pink and fluffy policeman, ‘more forward thinking’ than the rest of us. The indigenous, white law-abiding types, in comparison to the youthful, black Brixton type, come across as rather backward thinking. In the PC world of Paddick, they do anyway.
What do you think of that, you dinosaurs? I think that, not only does Brian bat for the other side, if you asked him, Red Ken and Lee Jasper whose side they wanted to be on when it really, really mattered, they wouldn't be the least bit interested in batting for an England as it used to be before they came along.
This is Brian Paddick:
Here's a slightly less orange picture of him when he was in the jungle:
I don't think he'd mind me showing a picture as ten million Brits have already seen him.
Who knows, he might get a date out of it.