Friday, July 04, 2008
Building Our Own Prison
I recently wrote that by allowing Nanny to dictate to us, and by modifying our behaviour to avoid any form or risk or potential offence, we are in effect building our own prison, brick by brick.
This point was rammed home the other day by the story I read about Frank McCourt, a former soldier who lives in Crawley, who made a citizen's arrest in February on a yob terrorising his home yet was arrested himself – on suspicion of kidnap.
Mr McCourt then endured a three-month legal ordeal, while the yob and his gang went unpunished.
Mr McCourt was forced to act against the yob and his cohorts, when a pack of youths hurled stones, sticks, mud and eggs at his house whilst his wife Maria cowered inside.
Where were the police?
He called a police hotline, but was kept on hold for 45 minutes. He went out to look for a police officer on the beat, but couldn't find one.
Therefore he opted for the tactic recommended by our leading politicians, he took action himself and stood up to the scum. He grabbed one of the yobs and asked his name, telling him he was making a citizen's arrest.
Low and behold, as if by magic, the police then turned up.
Did they arrest the yob?
They arrested Mr McCourt, but took no action against the yobs.
Would the leading politicians who recommend "have a go" actions kindly take note that when people do "have a go", Nanny uses its powers against the victim, not the criminal.
He spent six weeks on bail until April 3, when police said they would caution him. Mr McCourt refused to accept it, saying to do so would be an admission of guilt.
Police then charged him with assault.
He appeared before magistrates and a trial date was set for Haywards Heath magistrates' court. However, two days before the trial, he was told the case had been dropped after his MP Laura Moffat took the matter up with police.
Mr McCourt said:
"Those children have got away scot-free. They are the criminals of the future, and they've been given the green light to carry on, while I've been put through three months of hell.
This country is going to the dogs and its justice system is a joke."
Sussex Police would not discuss the case, but a spokesman said:
"An allegation was made to police and officers duly investigated."
Do the Sussex police not realise how ridiculous they look?
As said, we are building our own prison and shackles; brick by brick, link by link.
The one way to "motivate" tardy police to turn up to situations like this in the future, should you be very unfortunate to be involved in such a situation, is to tell them very firmly that you have called the media (tabloids, TV etc) and that there will be a pack of reporters outside your house showing it being attacked by yobs but without any form of police presence.
Let's see how speedy our local police are then at answering calls to such incidents!
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