I watched a frightening sight on the news last night. There it was, in stark intensity. 20,000 British policemen marching in protest at the government’s handling of their pay review.
The discrepancy is in back pay, and to the average copper, the loss is only £200. But this is not the point. The British police feel that they have been betrayed by the government and they no longer trust them.
Think about that for a moment. The thin line against anarchy has been turned anarchic by a government that is supposed to safeguard us from it. I can think of no greater condemnation than this.
© Anthony North, January 2008
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