"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 26 July 2010

A Semblance Of Normality

Ah well! It's been a good ten days and I'm almost back to 'normal' here. The only giveaway is a mini-mountain of laundry, a back-log of hoovering, a weird & wonderful selection of cheeses in the fridge and the dark circles under my eyes.

After I put together yesterday's Sunday Round-up I began to wonder how much of it could have been foreseen.

The 'Minority Report' style policing certainly was. It was first reported last year though speculated upon for a while before then and has been discussed in the blogosphere for as long as my memory serves.

This, I think, has been on the cards for a long time. Public dissatisfaction with the Police has grown to unprecedented levels not only because of the CPS verdict on the Ian Tomlinson case but also because the police are perceived, rightly or wrongly, to have colluded with government in slapping down people & criminalising the law-abiding in myriad small ways. I think this is one of the worst outcomes for the country after Labour's thirteen years and shows that we're well on the way to 'harmonisation' with the European continent.

Senior Commanders have already looked into the use of water cannon as a means of policing demonstrations and they like it, I wonder why! They also like tasers and they'd have guns if they thought there wouldn't be a public outcry at the moment.  Routinely armed police are inevitable if we're to join forces with the likes of EuroPol and Eurogendfor.  Imagine the dissonance created by having armed EU police patrolling our streets while our own homegrown police sit behind the desks doing the paperwork :-)

One thing's for sure: if our police were armed I would expect the repeal of the handgun laws and every law-abiding British subject/citizen to be permitted to own a gun if they wished to do so.  Check out the Peelian Principles: the police are the public and the public are the police.

One other point arising from this is that, as Public Servants, the police will be immune from prosecution under the Lisbon Treaty - perhaps that's what's going on with Jean Charles de Menezes and Ian Tomlinson (and Sgt Delroy Smellie who struck the G20 girl) but no-one likes to spell it out for us. Perhaps tptb think it's preferable to have a day or two of public outrage & letter-writing to The Times rather than to tell the truth and face longer-lasting, and potentially violent, resistance.

I'm no lover of Bob Crowe (and, in fairness, he'd no doubt say the same about me if he knew me) but you have to wonder what's going on if what he said on last week's Question Time is true: that there have been a thousand deaths in custody in the past 50yrs yet no convictions.  If you think I'm talking c/waffle, take a look here.  A self-styled governing elite has been marking its territory for a long time.

The rest of the links were pretty self-explanatory and they just show how Labour's work continues under our present government. It's high time Clegg got his act together, literally, and introduced Hannan & Carswell's Grand Repeal Bill instead of taking over the idea and LibDemming it. Until this is sorted out everything they do to the economy, the Big Society, education, welfare and our Constitution will be meaningless and unworkable. A plan is only as good as the people who instigate and supervise it and we're still being run by Common Purpose, lefty fabianistas in think tanks & quangos and the EU.

The Digital Economy Bill with its hidden agenda is still going through; Clegg has already said that the smoking ban will not be reviewed and as for GMO & Spelman, honestly, what's the point? Looking at it in the round I'd go so far as to say that we don't actually need this government. Cameron has said that he hopes for 'a quiet year' in order to repair the economy, concentrate on welfare/education/ the Strategic Defence Review, but he won't get it - he must rise up to the twin challenges of Labour's abhorrent legislation and the EU before any of the coalition policies can have a positive effect.

If we can see what's around the corner, our government must also see but choose not to act because it's in broad agreement. I suppose the people won't act until the clock strikes 23.59.59, as usual.

PS:  Note the 'Power to People' slogan in the pic above - the pedant in me whispers that this definitely does not mean the same as 'Power to The People'Cameron's version of people power.

UPDATE: According to a "Home Office spokesman" the government is still considering whether or not to sign the European Investigation Order tomorrow. They certainly like to cut things fine and leave them until the last minute, don't they?
The power allows prosecutors from any EU country to demand details such as DNA or even bank and phone records on anyone they suspect of a crime. Officers in the UK would be almost powerless to refuse the request even if they believed it was disproportionate to the alleged offence being investigated. They could also be told to carry out investigations and live surveillance for their EU counterparts...

Foreign police officers would also be able to come to the UK and work alongside police here in investigating individuals, although they would not have any powers of arrest....

How the Daily Mail is reporting it.


  1. Regarding the Minority Report style computer pre-crime, it will soon become the accepted norm that if the computer does nor detect a crime then that crime is not happening.

  2. And what's with the Black Panther fisting?

    Foundation Bitchboy.

  3. I think the image of the police is probably the saddest legacy of all. Our once highly respected and efficent police force have become nothing more than a bunch of spoilt children. They place themselves above the law whilst turing the screw on the everyman. Their failures are laid out for everyone to see, Ian Tomilinson, the photographers, and this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-10698182. The list goes on and on.

  4. You could be right, Banned. "Computer says 'no'." There's been such advancement in technology that govts are just aching to use it on somebody - aka us.

    I had to do a double-take, Incoming - I didn't make the connection but I see what you mean.

    Yes, Truepatriot, the present relationship between the police and the people is one of the worst outcomes of the past 13yrs.

    Thanks for the link - I'm not sure what the police driver could have done about it though - from news reports it does seem that the poor boy was already dead when the ambulance and the police car hit him.

  5. I think it was more the attitude that followed the incident, something along the lines of 'he was already dead, so not our problem'. Of course there wasn't much they could do, but I can honestly say I didn't expect that response!


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