Fortunately, contrasted with the other comments, my own opinion comes out as mild!
Virtually the entire thread is dominated by either tax generators who are sick of the police, or tax consuming police telling us how grateful we should be for their monopoly 'service' and how we should all stop complaining.
I'll remember that, next time I'm stuck in a long queue of traffic doing twenty five miles an hour past a speed camera in the middle of an empty countryside, on a road that used to recently be demarcated at sixty miles an hour, or lashed by the angry impolite tongue of one of these Gestapoid cretins for daring to leave my vehicle for ten seconds on a yellow line, because the Gestapo have closed all the roads in an area and left it otherwise impossible to stop anywhere near the event they are supposed to be helping to manage.
Sack the lot of them. Hand all of the money saved back to the public. Then let the current police re-apply for private police jobs funded by this private money. Then we'll see how rude, arrogant, and useless they become.
Jack Maturin on March 18, 2009 at 08:22 AM
The British police are nothing but an overpaid gang of licensed highwaymen.
The reason they harass ordinary members of the public is because they are incapable or afraid of tackling real criminals.
As they now secure larger salaries, pensions, and expenses, by crawling to politicians, they also no longer care what the public think or feel about them.
I would personally feel safer if there were no tax-parasite police in this country. I would feel much safer if there were a lot more private police, and people were allowed to defend themselves.
The British police have allowed themselves to become nothing more than an impolite and aggressive bunch of nascent Gestapo or Stasi wannabes.
They weren't wanted by the public when Sir Robert Peel introduced them.
They are no longer wanted by this member of the public.
Sack all of them. Get them to re-apply for jobs as private police, paid for directly by security service consumers on an estate-by-estate basis.
We would all be much better protected if the police had to respond directly to those who paid their wages.
Has the copper who arrested a man for laughing in Liverpool been sacked yet? Of course he hasn't.
He'll probably end up as the Chief Constable of Merseyside.
How much worse will British police have to get before anyone dares to sort these useless people out?
It's not so much the odd rotten apple these days, as the odd decent policeman. And that's mostly by luck rather than by planning.
Oh, and by the way, if you're a copper reading this, go ahead and resign if you feel offended. See if I care. You'll be doing the rest of us a favour.
It'll be one less licensed highwayman stealing from the rest of us.