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The thin blue line of the Left

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THIS summer, with the destruction of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol and other assaults on our culture and heritage, aggressive Left-wing discourse has been introduced as mainstream politics.

It has become normal to hear openly Marxist language in our institutions, yet it is not the language of proletariat and bourgeoisie, but of ethnic minorities under the thumb of white oppression.

There can be no doubt that much of the blame must be laid at the door of the police. Their adherence to Left-wing orthodoxy is becoming more and more prevalent and has encouraged activist groups to become more aggressive.

The decline of public faith and trust in the police is a noticeable trend. According to government data, 22 per cent of those questioned in the year ending March 2019 lacked faith in the police force, equivalent to more than 14million people. This  number has no doubt risen since as a result of how the police have conducted themselves over the Covid-19 restrictions, ‘taking the knee’ to Black Lives Matter demonstrators – who belong to a movement openly dedicated to the destruction of police forces – and failure to deal with genuine crime. One sees the police on the streets only when they are dancing at Gay Pride parades; one certainly does not see them patrolling.

Take the Policing Plan of the Nottinghamshire force as an example. Addressing how it will ‘Spend your money wisely’, the first method by which this shall be achieved is ‘Implementing sustainable workforce planning, redesigning our workforce and addressing any disproportionality through Positive Action campaigns’. It goes on to specify that the success thereof will be measured by ‘Reducing the gap between current Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) representation within the force and BME representation in the local community[,] Monitoring delivery of the workforce plan for officers and staff [and] Monitoring the diversity of our workforce compared with the diversity of the communities we serve’. None of this is remotely relevant to the effectiveness of stopping crime, yet is seen as more important, or at least worthy of being placed higher in the list than ‘Developing leadership and management skills throughout the organisation and at all levels, building a culture of excellence and innovation through a programme of coaching and mentoring’. This isn’t just an individual police force. Recently in Norfolk, a woman was told that she wouldn’t suit being a police officer as she didn’t think people can change their biological sex. These actions are combined with the overall adoption of social views on sex and race that are so different from the ordinary Brit that the police are completely isolated from the community they serve.

In his ‘Principles of Law Enforcement’ of 1829, Robert Peel intended to ensure the police were an impartial service who did not pander to public opinion. This has been abandoned in pursuit of political posturing about how effective they are. They have evidently abandoned their core principles and responsibilities to keep the public safe and must find praise by some other means: it is the most explicit demonstration of weakness.

Moreover, they have failed to prosecute those who have destroyed cities and statues; instead, they reportedly let off one 18-year-old boy with a caution provided that he donated to an anti-slavery charity. That is the opposite of a punishment or retribution! It’s likely that the police high-fived him on the way out. When the police force was respected and strong it wouldn’t have allowed this to continue.  

What is to be understood is that all these things give the impression that they are on the side of the protesters and the anti-British movement. The protesters needn’t be so concerned about the morality of their actions when the only institution dedicated to maintaining public morality and safety refuses to do its job. Rather than tackling the issues, the police see it more effective to beg people to be kind and, of course, respect diversity. They have shown they’re capable of acting effectively – if not brutally – towards people protesting against the lockdown, yet refuse to do the same to people who hold their values. The protesters know this, and gain encouragement from it. They recognise that the police will not be in their way to stop their violence.

Countries without a strong moral ethic require a strong police force; Britain lost its moral code decades ago, and with the failure of effective policing, the last barrier to complete moral disintegration has collapsed.

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Jake Welch
Jake Welch is a 2020 law graduate living in Frankfurt-am-Main while travelling in Europe this year. He plans to study to become a barrister.

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