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"I am the Law"

Telegraph | News | 'Judge Dredd' powers for police urged

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said "modernisation" of the force should be carried forward by introducing "an escalator of powers" for the dispensing of instant justice.

"One idea is to have some police officers - paid more and with more powers - to impose an interim anti-social behaviour order, for instance, or suspend a driving licence," he said. This would have an immediate effect rather than waiting for intervention by the courts, Sir Ian suggested....

However, Shami Chakrabarti, the director of the human rights group Liberty, said Sir Ian was behaving like Judge Dredd, the post-apocalyptic comic book law enforcer whose catchphrase is "I am the law". She added: "This is more like summary justice which has no place in a democracy. He's supposed to be the Met Commissioner, not Judge Dredd. Sir Ian should concentrate on the difficult job of running the Metropolitan Police rather than working on political speeches arguing for ever more draconian laws."

Shami has got it right on this one - I know boring old courts and the rule of law are frustrating to a copper but they are there for a reason and I would have thought Sir Ian would have shied away from arguing for "instant justice" just in case anyone mentioned an electrician from Brazil...

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Scotland is now the most violent country in the developed world.

England is the 2nd most violent.

England is ruled by the Scotch Mafia.

Society is breaking down. Labour's daily initiatives are substitutes for proven solutions.

Oh, yes! The police demand the following new powers to fight that mega-scary terror stuff:

The right to keep troublemakers in custody for up to three months
The right to dish out instant justice with no right of appeal
The right to strut about in black body-armour and carry MP5's with optical sights, go-faster underbarrel torches and other penis-extending addons, and generally look hard patrolling the local Tube.

It's " I yam the law", and with all the old fashioned phone booths being replaced where does one do away with the ciminals.

Judge Dread!!

The Commissioner would say that wouldn't he, despite it being a breach of Article 3 of Bill of Rights, the prohibition on prerogative (Star Chamber) Courts;

“3. That the Commission for erecting the late Court of Commissioners for Ecclesiasticall Causes and all other Commissions and Courts of like nature are Illegall and Pernicious….”.

I suppose he thinks he can get away with it because the police no longer acknowledge the laws against treason.

One idea is to have some police officers - paid more and with more powers -

Sort of like the SS or NKVD?!?

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