Tuesday, October 02, 2007

More police statery

Via England Expects, I would like to point out that we are definitely not, in any way, living in some sort of totalitarian police state and that anyone who says that we are is a fool and a knave.
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.
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"It was so over the top, there were about eight officers around us asking questions which was very frightening.
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"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.

15 comments:

Twenty Major said...

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's just hilarious.

Next time they'll get someone for 'breathing with intent' or 'walking towards an officer in slightly offbeat way'.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Agreed, as ever.

What cheers me up no end is the advert right under this post, which is from the Co-op Bank/Friends of the Earth with the slogan "Help make a strong climate change bill happen".

... with the exclamation mark missing.

Jherad said...

Bleargh. Heckling... Looking at a plod... This Terrorism Act sure is wide.

Anonymous said...

One day soon, probably just after Brown announces Nov 8th. as election day, the Channel Tunnel and the cross-channel ferries will be inundated with the fleeing hordes that have finally come to their senses.
I only hope they don't come my way!

Ex-Pat Alfie

anthonynorth said...

NuLabour, above all else, has been about the politicisation of commonsense. They decided us simple people were not intelligent enough to know what was good for us.
Hence, all decisions on commonsense were centralised. But the problem is, commonsense depends on reacting in different ways to different situations.
Now, we have standard responses to situations, and it is here where the Police have become so dictatorial. Basically, they can't think for themselves, and can only do it by manual.
This is not excusing them. It is still edging towards a Police State. Infact, if the problem of totalitarianism is no longer politics, but psychology, we're in an even more dangerous situation than rule by your average dictators.

Trixy said...

Quick - get me on the first plane out of this mad country. I don't want to live in a totalitarian police state!

Anonymous said...

I'm writing to Dorset police right now..

ANL.

Ian said...

Come on Harding you old totalitarian. Come and defend this.

The Creator said...

This is something which, quite seriously, could never have happened 10 years ago.

Twenty years ago it would have unimaginable.

Anonymous said...

Constable Savage should be living at this hour.

Anonymous said...

Let's be fair: given that all recent terrorism, including that on 7/7 and 9/11, has been perpetrated by white English guys who hang out in pubs, can you really blame the cops for swooping on these two?

Look at their pictures on the source site. Look at them. Look at their shifty beady eyes. They were probably on their way to blow up a bus or sodomise your gran when the police swooped.

Trust the state to protect you.

Roger Thornhill said...

If it had been a BROWN envelope, I suppose it would have been ok...

Sir HM said...

Anon

Constable Savage is alive and well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZoSqPxsNtU

Anonymous said...

They don't look that disabled.

C4' said...

I would like to point out that we are definitely not, in any way, living in some sort of totalitarian police state and that anyone who says that we are is a fool and a knave.

I totally disagree. Britain is a totalitarian fascist Fourth Reich and has been since those utter cunts Adolf Blair and his Soviet rival Gordon McStalin seized control of the country on the back the public's mass stupidity.