If anyone is in any doubt what's wrong with the British Police, Inspector Gadget should dispel those doubts today. Institutionally, they have absolute contempt for the people they're supposed to serve. This is why they should under no account be armed. The guns they do have should be removed. Use the Army when you need to shoot someone, because the police can't be trusted to not shoot someone "armed" with a table-leg.
Contrary to Gadget's claims that the police are "on the front-line, battling scum armed only with an aluminium stick" the truth is, the Policing in Britain is not a dangerous job. It doesn't even make the top twenty. Fishermen, soldiers, scaffolders and Bicycle couriers all face a greater risk of death or serious injury. Arming the police would only result in more heavilly armed scallywags. Anyone think it's a good idea?
Gadget's response to Galloway's win in the Bradford west by-election:
No one really minds when an extremist makes it to the local council, or as a one-term MP during an unpopular parliament. Their ability to influence events is minor; there are always other councillors or MP’s to provide a firewall.His view is that democracy is OK, so long as it doesn't take any important decisions. He goes on about "the swamp", whines about the bureaucracy, disrespects his superiors and demonstrates contempt for both democracy and the chain of command, yet wants me to let him have a GUN? No WAY! Because I know who that gun will be pointed at, and it isn't the armed scallywags from the Swamp estate (they're too much work for our brave plod, when armed with just a machete). It will be me, next time I point out that "I didn't actually swear there, officer. You imagined it, and I have video and audio to prove it. Would you like to hear then retract your allegation and threat of arrest?"
Yet the police still cruise around in their cars tooled up like the walter-mitty wannabe soldiers they really wish they were in their stupid, high-viz assault vests; yet refuse to investigate crimes adequately; blaming the CPS for their shitty "investigations". They blame refusal to patrol "swamp estates" on lack of manpower, yet I see dozens cruising on foot in areas frequented by pretty tourists, harassing smokers for stepping over a line with a pint glass in their hands. Dozens waste whole days pointing speed guns at motorists, yet refuse to take action on clear video evidence of dangerous driving. Whatever the solution to crime and disorder in Britain right now, whatever the police are doing AIN'T IT. This is a complacent organisation riven with contempt for the people it's supposed to serve, which has for decades been given too much power; power which has utterly corrupted them. Believe me, their contempt for the public is returned, in spades. The only people who still "support" the police, are those who've had no contact with 'em.
Elected police commissioners does not mean the "politicisation of the Police". It means that someone chosen other than by a cozy meeting between establishment players nodded through by toothless local "democracy" will have actual power over the Police and their priorities. The people might actually get their voices heard when they feel totally let down because they know to whom to write. Galloway may be a rabble rousing dictator-and-terrorist apologist, but so's Ken Livingstone and the Met police didn't fall to pieces under him. Indeed, the police seem to prefer Livingstone with whom they seemed to find much in common, to the much more activist and liberal Boris. The police Nationwide are going to be accountable to people again - yes the people might elect Galloway to run a police force. He may even be good at it - the record will show. If he's not, he gets booted out.
Stand by, Gadget, you anti-democratic cryptofacist. You may not like the decisions "the people" make. That's the point. YOU are not, nor should you be, in charge. You are MY servant, and I am NOT accountable to you. Do you want to know what a country looks like when the police ARE in charge? Myanmar, Aparthied South Africa, The Soviet Union (Russia now?). They're all shitholes. If the Police're against something, it's probably a good idea. QED.
The police are stupid, lower middle-class, pig-ignorant, doughnut-munching filth; a Provisional wing of the Daily Mail; at once bullying and ineffectual. The British police now wear black shirts. They're not even pretending any more.