The recent incident of a mother being followed home by an off-duty police officer who saw the mother chastise her children in a shop, a follow up visit by other on-duty officers to question the mother about the incident and the subsequent letter from the local council informing the mother that her brush with the law has now been recorded on council records where it will remain for the next fourteen years serves as a reminder of what a sorry state our police force is now in.
Just for a moment, try - if you can - and remember the police force how they used to be. For those of you under the age of fortyish, our police were once a tremendously well-respected organisation both at home and abroad. We used to take pride in our police force and how they were the "envy of the world". As a people we could rely on the police force to use common sense and discretion and to be on the side of the public at all times. Criminals feared the police and the public loved them for it.
Forty years of remorseless progressive liberalism later and the modern "police service" is a discredited and disliked organisation held in contempt by both criminals and the public alike. The police are ineffectual in dealing with criminal behaviour and, as a consequence of their own recognition that they are so ineffectual, the police take that out on the soft targets of the law-abiding public. The police despise the public and the public despise the police.
The sort of behaviour we now see from our police "services" is similar to that we once used to sneer at in banana republics which always seemed to be on the verge of revolution. We used to think "that could never happen here".
Well it could and it has.