A LUNCHTIME pint at their local pub took a more sinister turn on Wednesday [during the Labour Conference] when two disabled men found themselves at the centre of a police search operation.
Bob Hamlen, 47, and Michael Burbidge, 31, were stunned when they were surrounded by uniformed officers as they sat on a bench outside the Westcliff Tavern in West Cliff Road, Bournemouth.
"It was so over the top, there were about eight officers around us asking questions which was very frightening.
"We told them we lived round the corner and this was our local pub. But, while an armed officer pointed his gun at us from the other side of the street, they made us empty our pockets and put all our possessions on the table. Then they checked all our credit cards and documents.
"I was carrying my disabled bus pass but it didn't make any difference. I needed to go to the toilet and an officer went with me in case I escaped. After radioing through the information, they asked us to accompany them, in separate police cars, to the police station.
And what was their crime?
"They said the reason I was being taken to the police station was because I had been seen passing a white envelope.
"But all I did was take my post out of my jacket pocket and open an electricity bill.
Oh, but it gets better. No really.
"On Michael's stop and search form they said they wanted to speak to him, under the Terrorism Act, because he had been looking at a police officer.
"That area of town is saturated with police officers and, from where we were sitting, it would have been impossible not to be watching one."
What the fuck? "Looking at a police officer"?
Under NuLabour, the police have been totally corrupted, along with the Civil Service. This is actually a stunning tribute to the last decade of government as many of us had not previously thought that either the police or the Civil Service could actually get more corrupt than they already were.