Backing the Police
Mark Sparrow has a thoughtful essay on the Police
These days police officers seem to spend much of their time plucking the low-hanging fruit afforded by motorists or minor transgressors of petty government edicts. In effect, the police have become Blairís Brownshirts as they set about assiduously enforcing the latest bans and crackdowns. Is it any wonder that the country grows restive and fractured as common sense seeps away from law enforcement? Have the police sold out in return for the government turning a blind eye to their Spanish practices and guaranteeing their gold-plated pensions?
Sadly, I canít honestly say whether I would even bother coming to the aid of a police officer any more. And that comes from someone who has always strongly supported law and order. I simply donít feel the police are part of civil society any longer. They have become more like the French gendarmerie Ė a pseudo-paramilitary force that lives a barrack-style existence, sealed off from the public and rarely interacting with those it is supposed to serve.
I donít hold out much hope for any change in this state of affairs. And yet, if we are to fight terror the police will need the help of its natural constituency more than ever. Surely itís time to reinstate common sense and depoliticise the police. Itís time the police took off their fluorescent jackets, rolled up their sleeves and reconnected with the British public. If not they will have only themselves to blame when thereís a major breakdown in law and order and the middle classes stand idly by with their hands in their pockets.
Quite and it seems our MP's are similarly unimpressed by the Rozzers -
Telegraph | News | Blair's blackest day
Mr Blair's decision to press ahead with a vote on 90 days was seen as one of the most serious miscalculations of his premiership.
Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, had hinted last week that the Government would seek a compromise on a lower limit, which Labour MPs had believed would be around 42 days. That could well have secured the support of many Tory MPs.
But Mr Blair overruled Mr Clarke and insisted that there could be no compromise. He authorised an unprecedented lobbying exercise, with the Home Office telling chief constables to contact their MPs to put the case for 90 days.
Read that last sentence again - yes the Home Office putting pressure on the Police to put pressure on MPs - a twisted use of power if ever there was one. And remember there is a name for a state where the police create the law, a Police State.