One of the many public inquiries ordered by the then Home Secretary Theresa May (in fact that phrase – ‘public inquiry ordered by the then Home Secretary Theresa May’ – should be copyrighted) has run into trouble: ‘The judge chairing the public inquiry into undercover police who had sex with their activist targets has caused an outcry by saying that officers were less likely to enter illicit relationships if they were happily married.’
We are told: ‘The inquiry has already cost more than £9million but is not expected to hear any evidence until next year. It was ordered in 2014 by Theresa May as home secretary, but has been beset by delays.’
So not unlike the other gargantuan, vague and over-broad inquiry she ordered into child sex abuse, which we examined yesterday, this inquiry rumbles on.
Truly, Theresa May is keeping food on the table of public law barristers all over London. My only regret is I never became one, as under Home Secretary May it was a licence to print money.
Anyway, I digress. I am not really here to discuss the lawyers. I am here to discuss the police and ask, as I am sure the inquiry will eventually, but I’ll do it for nothing, what exactly were these police officers doing getting into the pants of some tree-hugging, vegan hippies?
Now I suspect that our readers would not normally have sympathy for these women. However, you should have sympathy for them, and even if you don’t care about them personally (and the fact they were lied to and manipulated and entered into intimate sexual relations with a person based on a fabrication of deceptions), you should be concerned about the gross abuse of state power that this represents.
Technically, technically mind, according to this piece, police officers are not barred from ‘sleeping with targets’ as this might give the game away, but I really would like to know how big a threat these environmental groups were in the first place.
We are told, also according to this Telegraph piece, that a power station was targeted, but I have my doubts about the real threat any of these ‘environmental’ groups were to us all. I seriously doubt it warranted infiltration to this level, where officers were forming sustained and long-term intimate relationships with women. I doubt if it was justified or indeed proportionate at all.
These police officers are agents of the State. They have powers greater than the citizen they are duty bound to protect, yet here they are infiltrating these groups which at a cursory glance do not seem very dangerous in the grand scheme of things. I could be wrong now, perhaps this level of infiltration was justified but I doubt it. I doubt it very much indeed.