remarks made today by policing minister Damian Green. He said that "police should be more polite and thoughtful to renew their relationship with members of the public". I couldn't agree more.
On the morning when the plod came to retrieve the clamp I confiscated, an individual whom I believe to be PC Coleman 4331, on behalf of Rundles, proceeded to lecture me without allowing me to speak, stating in so many words that he had the power to violate my flat in search of it if I refused to hand it over.
What is interesting here is that, even though the governments own guidelines have always required that the police take bailiff fraud seriously, Coleman refused to even let me finish my sentences and kept repeating "It's a civil matter" in a mantra fashion, while the dimwitted plod-ette sat smirking silently in the corner. I was insistent that he listened, but instead he threatened to arrest me for speaking out of turn. I wasn't threatening and I wasn't even uncivil, much to my own surprise. I quoted the regulations to him directly, to which he replied as he was leaving "it's all Greek to me, I don't know anything about it." I suggested that "he ought to fucking well find out, because this won't be the last time".
Essentially, this plod was aiding and abetting a fraud, - and abandoning impartiality by acting as an agent on behalf of Rundles (even though the plod maintain it was a civil matter), while refusing to even hear out the case put to him (with the legislation on screen) that a criminal act had been carried out against me - and that I was a victim of a crime. According to the plod, it's a civil matter where the public are concerned, but it's a criminal act to defend yourself against well known fraudsters like James Cohen & Co.
At this point, politeness seems somewhat redundant. But if the plod think that talking over people and shouting down victims of crime is a way in which to secure the respect and co-operation of the public, then we're in bigger trouble that I thought. To all intents and purposes, the police have simply become the para-military wing of the tax office and the bodyguards of known serial fraudsters. This is the stuff of third world mafia-state kleptocracies, not first world democracies. (Stop laughing at the back.)
But times they are a changing. Today we see, courtesy of a passer by, the true face of the British police. Essentially they are violent, belligerent, arrogant, bent, lazy, know-nothing incompetents (who think they are the whole of the law), who will only act when they're exposed, and only with instruction from both the police commissioner and the CPS - and even that took some doing. So, my dear plod, the next time we dance our little dance (and we will), you will excuse me if I am less than civil. While there are still no laws against standing up for yourself, I will continue to do so until you get your own house in order.