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Police must be crime fighters, not social justice warriors


BRITISH police are now too politicised to be effective law enforcers. There are so many examples of this that it would take more than a dozen blogs to document. That is telling in itself.

At the recent Labour conference a feminist group called Woman’s Place UK tried to hold a meeting to discuss their legitimate concerns that transgender activism is harming womens’ rights and safety.  Sussex police illustrated my point as they stood by and did nothing while Labour transgender activists banged on the windows of the meeting room, threatened the feminists and threw liquid at their faces. Given the plethora of acid attacks this must have been terrifying for them.

One could be forgiven for thinking that Britain has now regressed into a Westernised version of Iran, where women are imprisoned and brutalised by police for wanting freedom and equality. Seemingly Sussex police didn’t want to upset transgender activists for fear of being called ‘transphobic’. Their craven excuse for such impotent policing was that they tried to ‘balance everyone’s rights’. But policing is not about kowtowing to narcissists who insist that their trendy identity obsession takes precedent over protecting women from violence.

British police are now in the habit of perpetual wrongdoing followed by insipid apologies. But apologies are not enough for men like Harvey Proctor, whose reputation was ruined by dishonourable police officers who apparently couldn’t wait to get a Tory bigwig behind bars, so much so that they ‘misled’ a court when obtaining search warrants for Proctor’s home. In other words they lied to get their man. And this means no one is safe from politicised policing.

The latest glaring example of police feebleness is the Metropolitan Police’s disastrous handling of the doomsday climate cult, Extinction Rebellion (XR). Since these wannabe anarchists began disrupting the streets of London, like so many other social media users I’ve been asking how come police officers are standing by (in their hundreds) and doing nothing, bar making a few token arrests.

This comes from the lack of effective command in the first place. Just as when they did nothing to prevent the protesters from shutting down Smithfield Market,  sipping lattes while smug, middle-class hooligans indulged their apocalyptic fantasies by preventing working-class butchers from making a living. Such a failure of duty at the top has created a politically correct risk-averse force that is no longer fit for purpose.

Much as I enjoyed seeing the biased BBC being held hostage by the protesters, the fact that the police let them do this this beggars belief. 

That the pretend rebels of XR can so easily access airliners to shout their diatribes against the West further underlines how weak and hopeless police are in ensuring airport security, a gift to any Islamist terrorist.

XR has called for the mass ingestion of psychedelic drugs. They have threatened to resort to violence to launch drones to disrupt air traffic if their demands are not met. Given the terrorist threat they pose, why on earth are the police allowing them to run riot all over London? Is it because they are too busy searching Twitter for ‘offensive’ transgender limericks?

Perception is everything in politics, and the perception is that the police have acquiesced to anarchists, gangs and deluded ‘woke’ protesters. They seem indoctrinated by Left liberal orthodoxies and keener to be liked than doing their real job of protecting the public and apprehending criminals. We already know from their callous disregard of the young victims of Muslim grooming gangs that they are terrified of being accused of racism.

The result of all this is to be seen in the annual crime statistics, released in March by the ONS, showing that knife crime rose by eight per cent in the past year. Children are murdered by thugs armed with kitchen knives while Metropolitan Police officers dance. 

What kind of message does this send to criminals? That the police are to be feared or mocked? What is to make them believe the Home Secretary’s ‘we’re coming after you’ tough talk?. Because of the changes to policing culture, the brave officers PC Palmer and PC Harper faced more risk than necessary in the line of duty and paid with their lives.

As David Fraser so aptly put it in his recent piece for TCW, ‘criminals should learn to fear the very sight of a policeman’. Certainly no criminal will fear a twerking, latte-drinking police force, who by doing so offer themselves up for scorn, derision and mockery.

Until Priti Patel understands that the police have been emasculated and will remain so while Cressida Dick remains at the head of the Metropolitan Police, nothing will change. Dick is not the only high-ranking officer who needs to be given her marching orders. It is time for the rest of the ‘woke’ police command to bow out. Their potential replacements need to decide rapidly whether they are crime fighters or social workers; whether they are guardians of law and order or social justice warriors. 

If they continue their descent into the latter, exasperated citizens will start taking the law into their own hands for their own safety. The Home Secretary can increase the numbers of police as much as she likes but until she demands a change in policing culture, it will make no difference to the crime spree ravaging Britain.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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