This horrible development, the transformation of our police into a state gendarmerie, has many causes. One of them is the way in which our politicians - and much of the public - have simply forgotten, or never even knew, the intricate arrangements made to ensure that we did not suffer this fate. Parliament at the beginning of the 19th century resisted the foundation of a Metropolitan force precisely because such bodies had invariably become engines of repression all over the continent. Sir Robert Peel only got the measure through by ensuring that our police force was subject to law, policed by consent, and was not allowed to become a militia.One again, we call for a Royal Commission on policing. It's nearly too late to rescue the police forces we all want and value, policemen who are our allies, police who are citizens in uniform. Labour have corrupted this most precious asset as they have corrupted everything else with their malevolent Statism.
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Hitchens gets a taste of Gordon's CRS
Peter Hitchens got caught up in the State Militia's attack lines on his way home and writes about it in this morning's Mail: