We are the state. We are public servants. You will comply.

Via a story in the Daily Mail a light has again been shone on police state Britain and the disturbing and sinister way citizens can be treated by the authorities.

We do not know the full story, but we do know that Wanda Maddocks was imprisoned for contempt by a judge sitting in the Labour-created ‘Court of Protection’ in the High Court.

Her crime?  She refused an order to not remove her ailing father, John Maddocks, from a care home, where the local authority – Stoke-on-Trent city council – decided he should be placed and should remain.  The Mail reports Mr Maddocks was in the care home against his family’s wishes, kept there under the Mental Capacity Act.

The wishes of Wanda Maddocks and her family, who were concerned about her father’s welfare in the home because he was unhappy, confined to the building, barred from going out on trips with this family and even attacked by another patient, were ignored.  The state, in the form of the local authority and the Court of Protection, decided it knew what was best for Mr Maddocks and rejected the family’s wish to care for him.  When Wanda Maddocks took matters into her own hands and took her father away, Judge Martin Cardinal jailed her for five months for contempt of court.

As if all this wasn’t bad enough, it happened in secret, behind closed doors, without Wanda Maddocks even having legal representation.

If this is not an example of state power running out of control because of the establishment’s desire not to be challenged by the people the state is supposed to serve, then what is?  The local authority has sought to justify its behaviour thus, with Councillor Gwen Hassall, Stoke-on-Trent city council  cabinet member for social services, saying:

‘This is clearly an extreme case, but one that the Court of Protection supported the council on. It was the court’s decision to issue a custodial sentence to Wanda Maddocks.

‘Our chief concern was always centred around the welfare of her father, who was suffering from a deteriorating condition and required 24-hour supervision in a stable environment.

‘This was a decision reached by medical consultants, geriatricians, social workers, community psychiatric nurses, dieticians, consultant health and nursing professionals and others who were involved in assessing his needs.

‘This decision was also ratified by the Court of Protection, which carried out its own  independent assessment of his needs.

‘Unfortunately safeguards had to be put in place to ensure he had the support of a stable environment because there were no signs that this could be provided otherwise.

‘Safeguards also had to be put in place to protect the care professionals who looked after Mr Maddocks.’

One wonders what safeguards were put in place to protect John Maddocks, who was assaulted in the home despite supposedly being under 24-hour supervision in a supposedly stable environment.

When the state can behave in this way, holding secret trials, not giving defence lawyers an opportunity to represent their clients, handing down custodial sentences for upsetting the court when people guilty of violent offences stay on the streets, and affording itself the power to do all this without the permission of the British people, it proves we are no longer citizens, we are slaves to the self selecting establishment.

We need genuine change in this country. We need to shift the balance of power by taking it back.  We need nothing short of an intelligent, well planned revolution to change the way this country functions.

14 Responses to “We are the state. We are public servants. You will comply.”


  1. 1 tallbloke 24/04/2013 at 1:58 pm

    I’m in. When do we start?

  2. 2 Ljh 24/04/2013 at 2:03 pm

    The severity of her sentence for defying the operatives of the state should be compared with the leniency with which thugs and felons, who are a mere threat to the public, are treated. The secrecy compounds it.

  3. 3 Edward. 24/04/2013 at 2:58 pm

    “Labour-created ‘Court of Protection’ in the High Court”.- never heard of it and “protection” – who are the authorities attempting to ‘protect’??

    We know this type of overriding diktat – goes on with the secretive star chamber aka the children’s courts.

    Anybody who claims we live in a democratic and free state where the rule of law and liberty are upheld – ain’t living in Britain.

    What of the Tory party – why aren’t their MP’s clamouring to tell the world about this gross state of affairs? Or is it – that they are one and the same as the Labour party?

  4. 4 Derek 24/04/2013 at 3:22 pm

    There is another case near here. The council has got control of a persons bank accounts, his property, and he is locked up against his will. His family could look after him, but are not allowed to. It is all done in secret. No one will ever know where the money went. It stinks. Blair has a lot to answer for.

  5. 5 StrongUnitedKingdom 24/04/2013 at 4:10 pm

    The whole concept of secret trials goes against our constitution and our right to be tried by our peers (Magna Carta). Before we get to this being a prima facie breach of Articles 1,2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, & 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And yet we see these UDHR laws are only ever adduced to support the invasion of a country but never to secure the individual rights of a native of these islands. What does that tell us of their real purpose?

    5 months! What did this lady do for Pete’s sake? Burn the home down and desecrate the grave of the Judge’s mother? We do not have the full facts but something appears to be badly wrong here.

  6. 6 Flyinthesky 24/04/2013 at 5:46 pm

    All the consultant “professionals” in such cases are paid incalculable fees to find in favour of the hiring authority, failure to find in favour excludes them from the next enquiry. Like child management it’s evolved into a giant industry and it’s promulgated by the same means, fear. These people don’t serve us they have evolved into entities to be afraid of. In God we trust, unless a professional says otherwise. I’m not a religious person but these people empower themselves by the same M.O.s of old, fear.

  7. 7 Sam Duncan 24/04/2013 at 6:21 pm

    My aunt had a run-in with one of these, in a case similar to the one Derek mentions above (although rather less extreme; there’s no suggestion of anyone being held against his will). When she told me about it I could barely believe there was an institution bearing such a sinister name in Britain, let alone with the powers it appears to have. (To be fair, she said it was “Office of Public Protection”, but even though this is Scotland and we do things differently, as far as I’m aware we’re talking about the same Court.)

  8. 8 Mary 24/04/2013 at 11:00 pm

    A North East of England Council did it to me a few years ago. They refused a disability facilities grant for a friend and abused me when I challenged that. He got nothing even though I presented them with credible medical evidence.

  9. 9 raymond f jones 25/04/2013 at 11:32 am

    There are 2 situations of fear for families in trouble.One is the press threat to interfere with family matters and humiliate the whole family. And the secret courts total injustice.Not much of a choice.When wanting to challenge the authority If the challenge goes wrong and their is a corrupt judge in open court, Then the press assume guilt,and do the business.There is no way a person can enter a court against the system with out some kind of psychological warfare against the family or individual.

  10. 10 Mary 25/04/2013 at 12:21 pm

    The very people who we place our trust in actually reign harrowing abuse.

  11. 11 Sophie 29/04/2013 at 7:22 pm

    My own experience (with Child Protection) revealed to me an area of state control in which none of the normal safeguards operate. The scope for injustice is huge, and there is no appeal. Camilla Cavendish, of The Times, has covered the issues very well.

    Accusations can be made without evidence, and there is no provision for evidence which proves the parents innocent to be admitted. Essentially, it’s a court with powers to take your children away where the prosecution can make any claim it wants, without any proof required, and where you, the parent, are not allowed or able to defend yourself in any way.

    I was lucky: the advocate charged with putting forward my children’s views and interests soon became convinced that not only was I innocent of any wrongdoing towards my children, but that the whole process had only been instigated because of malicious allegations by a health care worker. My children’s advocate said she usually had to defend children’s interests against those of neglectful or cruel parents. Our case was different, and she became very involved in what she saw as a major injustice. She helped my sons challenge the committee and its decisions. The committee didn’t listen to me but they were obliged to listen to the children.

    I and my parents, both lifelong NHS workers, were horrified by the injustice and lack of balance inherent in the system. People don’t know how nightmarish and Kafkaesque all this stuff is until they become enmeshed.


  1. 1 FW: SECRECY IN THE BRITISH COURTS – STAR CHAMBERS – A BLUEPRINT FOR CORRUPTION – Michael C. | Trackback on 24/04/2013 at 8:58 pm
  2. 2 The sinister spread of justice behind closed doors – Annette R.S. | Trackback on 24/04/2013 at 9:06 pm
  3. 3 Care homes let my dad starve to death: Wanda Maddocks was secretly jailed for trying to save her father… Now she exposes the shocking neglect that forced her to defy the courts… | Atos Victims Group News Trackback on 27/04/2013 at 2:49 pm
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