Cameron is quite rightly under pressure to reject 135 Euro crime and policing laws in a British opt-out from Europolicing. The key term is jurisdiction; we're being asked to surrender our own jurisdiction over our own police to Brussels. For just as our criminal and civil law is founded on principles quite different from European Roman Law so are our police supposed to be. The plotting and fiddling by successive Home Secretaries since the 1960s, together with the perfidious and antidemocratic ACPOs malign influence, has sought to not only wrest control of the police from local to national level, but turn our police forces into a single, national force. The Police Act of 1964 started a process that we are only now beginning to reverse.
The British people can only ever effectively be policed by a Peelean force; local, accountable and civilian in character. I'd guess some 95% of police activity is dealing with theft, burglary, vehicle offences, public order, minor drugs and public disturbances. The need for any kind of European 'intervention' or 'co-ordination' in any of this policing activity is precisely nil; it's small scale local stuff that's utterly routine to police. Neither, let's be honest, are we particularly anxious to have the power to extradite back here a Czech flasher or a Polish shoplifter who have gone back home. And our sense of fair play conditioned with a few centuries of buccaneering in our blood means that should a Brit make a successful 'home run' without arrest after flashing in the Algarve or shoplifting in Marseilles we consider it an injustice to extradite them. The Euros have never understood the psychology behind 'British Bulldog'.
For the tiny but potentially significant volume of serious crime and terrorism that we need to investigate and enforce at a national level, we already do. As we already co-operate with other police and intelligence services from around the world - not just Europe. So what is this European integration of policing all about? Even its most fervent supporters won't claim it will improve clear-up rates, reduce crime or make our streets safer, and it's a matter of record that anything with a Euro dimension automatically becomes less efficient, so it's certainly not about efficiency. Nope. There is one reason and one reason only behind this integration of Euro-policing - as a support to Euro Federalism. It is wholly political and has nothing to do with policing.
So when Viviane Reding, an unelected Euro Commissioner who used to be a Luxembourg journalist, hammers Cameron for considering an opt-out from EU jurisdiction over UK policing you can be pretty sure we're doing the right thing.
And one final thing. Our police bosses are in desperate need of corrective training and discipline; they have forgotten who they work for, and have been deluded enough to believe they have a remit themselves to open a dialogue with the EU independent of their local democratic control. Ms Reding quotes UK police bosses as being 'horrified' at the prospect of an opt-out. Their view is not relevant - they must do as they are instructed by the British people. Any Chief Police Officer who doesn't understand this can get out now.