Sitting here watching the first television interview with gangland lawyer Nicola Gobbo, the infamous “Lawyer X” at the centre of a current royal commission in Victoria, I am struck by the fact that since VicPol went “woke” in the early 2000s, scandals have never been far away.
Ms Gobbo (Informer 3838) seems credible and her story rings true to the extent that it can be verified; it makes sense that she would have been approached, compromised, and then backed into a corner by her police handlers.
Nicola Gobbo, from around the turn of the millennium, had on her books a veritable who’s who of Melbourne drug dealers, hitmen and standover merchants. In 1993, while a university student, she was arrested for drug trafficking when her shared house was raided and 1.4kg of amphetamine discovered. Two years later, before being admitted to the bar, when she was still a student, Gobbo was registered as a police informer. Or, according to last night’s interview, in 2004 she turned to Victoria Police over moral and ethical considerations. She claims that it was only through the media she became aware that as far back as ’95 she was listed as an informer, but that such practices by dodgy police, in her experience, still occur.
Truth or not, from the turn of the millennium, Gobbo had on her books a veritable who’s who of Melbourne drug dealers, hitmen and standover merchants. Of course, Ms Gobbo’s account of when and why she became an informer and that of the police contradict each other, in the world of pigs and their dogs this is to be expected; what must be understood is that becoming an informer is not a privilege, it is the last step on a downward spiral
The conflict of interest inherent in that relationship with VicPol needs no further illumination here but this is all part of a wider pattern of deception, coercion and corruption among police officers under the leadership of a succession of “right-on”, politically correct chief commissioners.
Beginning with Christine Nixon, then her protégé Simon Overland, Ken Lay and now Graeme Ashton, Victoria Police has morphed from a policing body which watched over the community into a politically motivated law-enforcement agency frequently finding itself at odds with the interests of working people and whose officers are now widely despised and distrusted.
The Gobbo scandal is a spectacular example of the mentality of more junior officers in the specialist taskforces who have long operated more or less as a law unto themselves. Senior officers, it seems, either didn’t know or did not care what was happening in the long-running organised crime-busting squads.
This failure in leadership extends beyond the interdiction of drug trafficking and the prevention of turf wars, which one could reasonably expect, would entail police keeping a foot in both the light and dark sides of the struggle.
The ongoing reluctance by police command to go on the front foot against the multitude of suburban ethnic gangs has long been a point of friction with ordinary workers; this situation borders on corruption since the reasons behind VicPol’s inaction against Sudanese thugs, in particular, are wholly political.
So too, the community outreach programmes devised by force command carry the stench of political nepotism favouring the ALP; the South Sudanese Association, in particular, a group funded from the police budget is stacked with Labor members and supporters.
The ethnic Sudanese crime waves which Melburnians have endured over the past decade or so have gone on largely unchecked by police; officers are often outnumbered, intimidated and defeated by the hooligans, who are excused and backed by the legal profession and the extreme left political castes.
From the days of Chief Commissioner Nixon, the force has been seen to be covering up the true extent of ethnic crime, while exaggerating the scale of other types of crime, such as violence against women and so-called “hate crimes”. To the average worker, this looks like corruption in the sense that Victoria Police has lost its independence and now operates as the enforcement arm of the sitting government.
Yes, over the last few electoral cycles the tendency has been for police command to kowtow to leftist agitators and the whims of the Daniel Andrews regime but this corrupt relationship with state political actors is transferrable to any political agenda now that the force is subservient to the politicians.
A conservative government is inevitable and the form of political correctness may change but the corrupt relationships will not; it may be that the green-left milieu will have the boot firmly sunk into it and the African hoons bashed and jailed into submission but the rot has likely set in for generations of officers.
As we have seen overseas the more woke the police become the more corrupt, brutal and ineffective policing becomes for the working classes, thus a career in the force becomes a magnet for sadists, affirmative action twits and crooks. It is already the case in Melbourne that many people have given up on the calling the cops to crimes, or they hate and fear them altogether.
Political interference in policing and the acquiescence by force commanders to the whims of woke agitators is a form of corruption and this weakness at the top naturally leads to situations such as the Lawyer X scandal.
If the bosses are too busy holding coffee mornings down at the local mosque, responding to emails from their local Labor MP and placating the pushy Marxists from community legal centres then the heavies in the crime squads are going to run amok, as they have been doing for so long now.