While I finished yesterday’s post Theresa May announced that for the first time in 10 years (last time after Glasgow Airport) the threat level had been increased to critical, another attack could be imminent and that military could be deployed on the streets to assist the Police.
Bear in mind that Police numbers have been cut by almost 20,000 since 2009 by the Conservative & Coalition governments and that in March this year the Police watchdog described the condition of the English & Welsh forces as being a “national crisis”
Neither the “party of law and order” or “Strong and stable”
Police and military are different; trained differently, react differently and I believe should stay separate.
We have armed police but relatively few. British policing is in general done by consent and I would hope it would stay that way. Police are more accountable than military, they are civilians same as the people they protect.
I get the need for vigilance, what happened was monstrous, heartbreaking, and no one should have to go experience it. But what of “we will carry on as normal, they shall not win.” What of the public’s rights and freedoms? This current government is the most authoritarian I can remember and liberties once given away in the name of public safety may be hard to regain.
I find the “If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear” line never seems to apply to the government.
I hope I am just being cynical.