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Police Violence – nothing new

We are all, I’m sure, shocked by the police violence at the G20 demonstrations. We saw Ian Tomlinson walking home from work with his hands in his pockets and being struck from behind with a baton and then violently pushed to the ground by a balaclava wearing police officer. He subsequently died, believed at first to be from a heart attack and now from internal bleeding. The actual cause of his death is yet to be determined with accuracy but there can only be a little doubt that the police action at least contributed to his demise.

Of course there is outrage but this is nothing new; what is new is the almost universal possession of camera/phone/video recorders. In his younger days freethinkeruk witnessed many acts of police violence whilst he was engaged in non violent peace demonstrations. A close friend, one of the original Greenham Common Women, was part of a ‘sit-in’ in Parliament over the introduction of Cruise Missiles. Refusing to leave (of course) each of her legs was gripped by a policeman and she was dragged down a long flight of stone steps on her back and dropped outside. She was over 70 years of age, almost her entire body was bruised and she could barely walk for over two weeks.

Nothing new, nothing done about it but with modern technology by way of small video cameras gathering evidence, perhaps something will be done. I won’t hold my breath though and I would advise you not to hold yours.

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Why Boris Should Worry Us

There are undoubtedly some question marks hanging over the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair, but it has always been that a man is innocent until proven guilty. Admittedly trial by the media seems to be getting the upper hand but that’s another story or blog.

The Commissioner of the Met. is appointed by whoever is the Home Secretary of the day for an agreed term and can only be removed by the Home Secretary in exceptional circumstances. Yet here we have the newly elected Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, effectively removing Commissioner Blair. Johnson, as revealed in The Guardian today, wants a temporary commissioner appointed as when (he assumes) a Tory government is elected in a couple of years, they will appoint one of their own kind. This should worry us all.

The Commissioner of the Met. is not only responsible for London but also for co-ordinating all British Police Forces and for counter terrorism measures nationwide. Each police officer will of course have their personal political viewpoint but in their jobs must be apolitical. When police officers in high positions are appointed by virtue of their political allegiance then yet another step has been taken towards total state control and another block has been removed from the foundations of our weak democracy. I and others have written about this gradual slide on many occassions. I do not believe, although some may disagree, that there is some great conspiracy going on but perhaps even worse, by default we are allowing ourselves to drift into a position where there is no going back, where state control is complete and dissent is all but impossible.

pc Osama Bin Laden

‘Political correctness’ is changing the character of Britain or more accurately of Britons. Take the latest bit of nonsense. A middle ranking police officer in Cornwall, Ch Supt Colin Terry, dressed up as Osama Bin Laden complete with a face mask that can be bought in any joke shop and went to a small town carnival where he was collecting for charity. He has now been sacked from his temporary EU secondment to Afghanistan where he was helping with setting up police security. Well maybe that is just about understandable. He has also now been reported to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) and likely to face disciplinary action from the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary.

For goodness sake, we in Britain have historically poked fun at those who we percieve to be our enemy or those who become pompous or set themselves above the rest of us. It cuts them all down to the size that they truly are.

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