Police state now official - Grin with cat attached
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Police state now official Jul. 19th, 2004 09:51 am
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1264292,00.html"putting the values of the law-abiding majority at the centre of the criminal justice system."

modalsynthesis draws my attention to a particularly pernicious phrase which I suspect we will see a lot more of soon: "offenders' rights". Expect this to be a distorted synonym for "suspects' rights", ie such trivial matters as presumption of innocence, burden of proof of guilt, and so on, in the same way that the phrase "asylum seekers" has replaced "refugees".

Oh, and I take it as read that Blunkett would like to bring those "ugly prejudices" back.

From: nevla
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 09:16 am (Link)
It's all getting a bit out of hand don't you think?
Listening to the news thismorning about satellite tracking and tackling 'anti-social' behavior...
FFS - surely just get the bloody police force sorted out and get them back on the beat. If there are gangs of youths being violent, bloody nick them and lock them up for a bit, not tag them and ask them nicely to not do it again please.
Sorry - i'm just so wound up about it. We still don't have a manned police station in Ely, it used to be but even though the city has doubled in size it still has a skeleton crew and all calls go via Cambridge.
I rang up about some graffiti that appeared on our house after a call for information appeared on the front page of the local rag - i couldn't even get through to a copper, i had to leave an answerphone message!
I'll stop ranting now. I can't remember my point...
From: modalsynthesis
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 09:17 am (Link)
"While insisting that the sixties removed ugly prejudices and expanded individual freedoms, Mr Blair is expected to concede that the new lifestyles did not sufficiently foster responsibility to others, family discipline or role models - and focused the law and order system too much on offenders' rights."

Well, I guess it's official now. The Western world has entered Culture War II. Hang on to your hats and leave your TV on: I expect the second half of this decade to be about 100 times as turbulent as the second half of the Sixties.
From: reddragdiva
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 10:04 am (Link)
Blunkett understands the world according to Judge Dredd: the ones on the streets just haven't been caught yet.
From: flewellyn
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 01:39 pm (Link)
Gee, and here I was half-hoping to escape to Britain if my own country descended into madness. Looks like I might have to find somewhere else...