Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Nightjack wins Orwell Prize

(The police have since closed down his blog)

Nightjacks Guide for Decent Folk


Shibby said...

Care to elaborate for the ignorant?

Cato said...

S'funny, his last blog said he was just closing down. He said he hadn't been outed...unless you know more>

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

I know he was studying for promotion. Hope the bastards haven't forced him to shut the site.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke, it is greatly deserved. I don't think he's been shut down by his superiors; rather, he's going out on a high note.

Nightjack is actually a great advert for the police. Although he writes about the same negative things you find on every police blog, he also writes very positive articles about the good things that he and others have done in the police. It's inspiring. It shows that the police can do good work in spite of everything that the Government has done.

I'm posting my shirt tomorrow. I hope Brown won't mind that a few buttons are missing and the collar is tattered. I would buy a nicer one, but I've got three million dolescummers to support, and they're making a big hole in my shirt-buying budget.

nightjack said...

The truth is somewhere in between.

I am an anonymous police blogger. I love my job and have no desire to be kicked out of forced to walk the beat in Nether Nowhere for the rest of my career.

Winning the Orwell Prize punts me into a level of visibility that my employer may not be comfortable with. I am sort of waiting to see what happens. I am still writing and posting comments elsewhere but for a while at least (or until this news cycle moves on), I am not prodding the snake.

Yours (somewhat in drink) Jack Night

Oldrightie said...

nightjack said... I am not prodding the snake.

Is this mention of Mandy OT?

AngryDave said...

Nightjack's blog was one of my favourite blogs, and one of the best written blogs on the net.
I liked his stories of real policing, and wish i had had the opportunity to do some, instead of all the shit i had to do. There are still copers like NJ in the force, but they are slowly disapearing and being replaced by career minded uni graduates who are only interested in promotion.
NJ, if you are reading this, your blog will be missed!

yokel said...

If others haven't yet found it, get over to Nightjack and take a copy of his "A Survival Guide For Decent Folk". Its really the only info we need to know when we have contact with Old Bill.

jailhouselawyer said...

When you compare Nightjack with Iain Dale's Diary it is easy to see why the former was shortlisted and indeed won the prize, but difficult to see why the latter even made the shortlist. I cannot help wondering if Iain Dale's Diary was included purely on the basis of the claims to be the top political blogger? Had Iain Dale won I would have lost faith in humanity. A worthy winner and a sore loser.

Chalcedon said...

I read his stuff last year, but didn't realise he had been shut down. Unfortunately public sector employees who write like it is for them do run a high risk of being shut down. Civil Serf had the same problems. a lot of Police bloggers had to give up as the risk wasn't worth the pain of getting caught. Or would that be court? His advice is marvellous. The first reaction is to try to talk and reason isn't it? As he says, keep silent.

K. McEgan said...

The only good one is a dead one.

Milan said...

Nightjack isn't even available using the Wayback Machine, since it got blocked using a robots.txt file:*/

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