Barely a week has passed since the mass murders in Norway. But that hasn’t stopped Britain’s ‘finest’ using the attacks by Anders Breivik to justify their own paramilitary behaviour in defence of the establishment.
A reader has written to AM today with anonymised details of something that happened a few days ago.
A man was arrested in an English town following his written demand for a senior council executive to resign from their job, over their refusal to listen to local residents’ demands for a proper consultation over a contentious issue. The man sent in a strongly worded communication, including his details, and with typically British humour included some tongue in cheek comments to demonstrate his annoyance.
The authority in question chose to interpret the letter as a threat and called in the police in an attempt to criminalise the individual. Contempt of local government is clearly a priority for the police and so, at 6.00am, several officers arrived at the individuals address, arrested him and also removed his computers.
It was during this daring operation that one of the officers explained to the gobsmacked individual:
‘After Breivik we can’t be too careful’.
He was later released and his computers returned to him, but to satisfy the lust for retribution from the local authority the police gave the man a caution for good measure. On the advice of his solicitor he has asked that no information that can identify him or the easily offended authority be published, in case it results in further attempts to acquaint him with various organs of the state whose intrusion and interference would make life somewhat less enjoyable.
Suffice to say this is another example of police over reaction. Never slow to miss an opportunity to impose themselves on people in dubious circumstances they are already citing the Breivik factor as justification for their disproportionate and heavy handed behaviour. Didn’t take long, did it?
Had a member of the public reported an actual threat they could only dream of this kind of police response on their behalf. Clearly we have a two tier nation where the establishment can make vexatious complaints and count upon rapid and fullsome police action, but ordinary people are often left to fend for themselves when faced with genuine threats.