So, it is good to see comments like this one from Penbwich who neatly sums up the kind of attitude that I was talking about with this post.
Sounds like he is trying to find excuses for something. Perhaps he is hiding something. Perhaps he should be the subject of a raid.
There's nothing quite like the rush of abusing a position of power for personal gain, is there, eh?
Most of the comments are dismissive of my language or insinuating—not too subtely—that I am a habitual criminal with a "loyalty card" (sorry to disappoint you, chaps) and brushing aside any issues of exactly why the report was wrong; there is one sensible comment there though.
If you ignore the style and concentrate on the substance, he makes some valid points.
The Swindon raid, as I have previously said, may well have been necessary in the manner in which it was conducted, depending upon the intelligence received. The complete balderdash spouted by the senior officers afterwards was ridiculous, patronising, and entirely without merit.
As for police pay, the government's treachery in respect of this matter is vile, but the pay isn't too bad. (Conversley, the wages of sin are death, but the hours are good)
As for the oppressive tendencies of the police in today's society, there is an increasing number of ordinary middle class people who would agree that it is happening.
Out of the mouths of babes and fondlings, not to mention complete berks, can occasionally come words of wisdom.
And this comment made me laugh because it is, just about, true.
good bloke - proving this isnt a Police state by having the freedom to insist it is!
Although Angry Man neatly counters it with this...
I got bored but i would like to meet the chap and introduce him to the communications act for his vile report
... which serves to remind us all that there are probably aspects of what I write that I could be arrested for these days (although not when I started out: the landscape has changed in such a short time).
As for the rest of the Police Oracle commenters, if you can tell me which parts of my rant were factually incorrect—I do, after all, only have the media report to go from—then I will be happy to issue a correction. In particular, if anyone would like to tell me whether or not the Swindon police still have possession of these completely legal weapons, I would love to know.