I was born in Bethnal Green in the east end of London in the early fifties. I had a pretty poor start in life living in a 3 roomed flat with my parents and elder brother, with whom I shared a bed for a long while. However, my parents were hard workers and at one time my Dad had 3 jobs to help make ends meet. My mother was a machinist and worked for a Greek Cypriot family just off Commercial Road. My Dad was fortunate in that he managed to join the Metropolitan Polce Service in the late fifties at the age of 29, which was almost too late. So I grew up in Bethnal Green and Stepney and was part of the Police ‘family’. Later I was fortunate in gaining a place at the local Grammar School in Stepney and as my father was transferred out to Romford in the sixties, I transferred to Hornchurch Grammar School. It was there I suffered the humiliation of class discrimination. Being an east end lad with an appropriate accent I soon realised that most of my contemporaries came from very different and privileged backgrounds and I was viewed by some staff as ‘lowering the tone’ of the school. As can be imagined I did not achieve my potential at school and my strong sense of fairness and right from wrong developed as a result of the way I was treated. At the age of 21 I followed in my fathers footsteps and joined the Police Service. Throughout my service I realised I was not ‘a team member’ as my idea of an officer with honesty and integrity did not match the ethos of those around me, and it was a struggle to survive. However I stuck with it and managed to achieve promotion to the rank of Inspector before being medically retired 3 weeks short of 28 years service at the age of 49. Currently I live in West Wales with my wife and several animals on our very small small holding. Now aged 60 it is time I put forward my view as to what is wrong with society today and what we should do to change it.