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Readers’ special: The more power police have, the more they’ll abuse it

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Meredith Brent’s article yesterday, ‘House arrest: A user’s guide’, sparked criticism of the police for over-zealousness in enforcing ‘social distance’ and of the idea that we should be saving the NHS rather than the other way round. Here are some extracts:

Newman Noggs wrote:

Not so long ago, our police ‘farce’ were dancing with XR muppets while thousands of people were prevented from going about their lawful business. This, of course, included doctors and nurses needing to get to their patients in hospitals and others needing to visit sick or dying relatives and friends. Now we are preached to about protecting ‘our’ NHS, the job of which, one might have thought, is to protect US. These same ridiculous police, who seem to have given up on catching real criminals as that was a little troublesome for them, can instead enjoy life patrolling empty beaches, or keeping the countryside under surveillance, or patrolling empty streets. Just to make life a little more interesting, they can vary these pointless activities by sticking their heads through car windows and interrogating the law-abiding about their movements.

Hank Rearden wrote:

I found myself rather puzzled as to what Gove could possibly mean by ‘more severe restrictions’.

Not looking out of the window, only one online trip to Tesco every three and a half weeks, one visit to the toilet a day to ease the pressure on ‘our sewage system’ or ‘our Andrex’? Then it occurred to me.

We will be required to pray and chant our devotion to our NHS five times a day and denounce heretics who jog three miles from home or excessively walk the dog. Levels of Emmanuel Goldstein hate will be reserved for those who want to earn a living and don’t like being a gutless serf under house arrest.

We will be required to love Big Brother.

zakisbak replied:

It’s ‘Our’ Big Brother actually Hank.
Have your bag packed and await the knock at the door.

Brother Antony wrote:

UK cops have been knuckling down clearing the streets and public places when there is no necessity to do so under even the latest Covid rules and even when people were complying with them. They have actually gone to the length of poisoning scenic lakes so that people will not endanger the new status quo by travelling to look at them and enjoy the scenery and the fresh, healthy air.

This is no surprise really as it is axiomatic that the more power given to any police the more they will abuse it. That is a law of nature, has ever been thus and is one which in this particular case is exacerbated by three factors, the first being that their officer class is, on the whole, populated by graduate Common Purpose drones and ambitious box tickers who appear to have nothing but contempt for Peelian principles.

The second is that the collective IQ of the beat constabulary is now not, shall we say, particularly high for reasons iterated below and thus thinking things through pragmatically in the light of observed reality is not really their forte. This leads them to function as a type of programmed automata in accordance with the vague instructions given to them in their last briefing from the drones and box-tickers who have even less of a clue about what is happening in the real world.

The third and final, and the one with perhaps the most detrimental effect on the front line, is the introduction of ‘Affirmative Action’ over the last few decades and the consequent lowering of physical and mental entry qualifications in order to meet politically mandated quotas, many of such recruits having ideological motivations not in keeping with those of the majority population they exercise power over.

mmcg968 wrote:

My neighbour and his wife both work for the police force service. When I was chatting to him over the fence a few days ago he was drooling at the thought of all the overtime he thought the pair of them were going to be earning and moreover, positively ecstatic at the thought of riding around in a patrol car barking at the general public for not obeying our political masters and their house arrest rules.

Jude wrote:

Living in the middle of nowhere, we rarely see any police, but there they were yesterday driving up to make sure no one was walking about on our mountain!

abbie Jude wrote

I live up an unmade farm lane miles from anyone or anywhere and this morning I saw a drone patrolling the lane and dotted around. I am one of those who will end up dead (because OURNHS won’t save me in its triage, reserving treatment for the younger ones only) but I think this is going too far now.

Jude wrote:

I was, nicely, told off yesterday by a neighbour because I was not ‘clapping for the NHS’ the other day.

John Fannon wrote:

All together now . . .
God save OURNHS
Long live OURNHS
OURNHS . . .

Labour_is_bunk wrote:

A recent poster said ‘They’ were testing the water so see how much mass manipulation of the populace they could get away with. ‘They’ must be delighted with the results so far.

Lee-Enfield wrote:

Re. the glorification of the NHS: correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this the same NHS which ensured that bed-ridden patients in a Staffordshire hospital were left to die of hunger and thirst?

And isn’t it the same NHS which allowed those guilty of corporate manslaughter to ‘step down’, without prosecution, and with full retention of pension rights?

And the same NHS which promptly re-hired the guilty to work in other areas of the NHS, in jobs just as senior as those from which they had walked away

And is this the same NHS who found out, through an exercise called Operation Cygnus – four YEARS ago – that the NHS would be utterly incapable of dealing with a pandemic, and which conspired with government ministers to keep it a secret, and do NOTHING to improve the situation? 

And the same NHS which will let me pop my clogs if I get the dreaded lurgy for committing the heinous crime of being over 70?

Mike Hunt wrote:

I understand the Koreans, who more or less have Covid-19 under control, have offered to re-home any dogs taken off irresponsible dog walkers. They’ve said they will do this free of charge.

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