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Gordon McCyclops turns his eye on the police.

Gordon Brown is to tell police forces to put more officers on the beat in an effort to increase the public's confidence in law and order.

The prime minister will say it is not "acceptable" to miss the government target of having neighbourhood PCs on patrol for at least 80% of the time.

Now would that be because of all the targets and paperwork

"So my challenge to local authorities and police authorities around the country is to match our commitment to protecting front line policing - or else explain to their communities why they are not prepared to do so."

Oh they will explain, they will be quite happy to point out that it is down to his government's policies that they are unable to do the proper job and be out on the beat catching criminals.

Hat tip to Briistol Dave.

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