Nanny, as we all know, loves a well ordered and disciplined society.
Nothing gets her "dander up" (can I say dander on a public blog?) more than seeing people being "undisciplined" and disrespectful of her laws.
We are all sick and tired of the muggings, robberies and vandalism that seem to be endemic in society today; I for one would welcome a sensible, and workable solution to these issues.
Unfortunately for us, Nanny has focused her gimlet eye on more "pressing matters"; namely motor traffic offences.
Nanny's chums in Thames Valley Police are being awarded "points" for arresting motorists. The hapless bobbies have been told that they must score 200 points per month, if they are to avoid being given a "bollocking".
Nanny says that this idea will help monitor the effectiveness of individual officers.
Any fool could tell her that this is nonsense, and that all will do is turn the police into "jobsworth" arrest "on the spot" merchants; no better than the legion of privatised wheel clampers that Nanny unleashed onto the streets a few years ago.
As with any quiz show, different "achievements" ie arrests give different points.
-Rape and burglarly score 10
-Using a mobile phone in a car scores 5
-Not wearing a seatbelt scores 5
-Catching an illegal immigrant scores 2
I think we can all see where this will go, can't we children?
As one officer with of 20 years' experience reportedly said:
"How can catching two people without seatbelts be deemed as important as catching a rapist or dealing with a threat to kill?"
Welcome to Nanny's police state; where it's not who is arrested, but how many arrests that count!