Oh dear, I see our Home Economics Minister (sorry, Home Secretary) Jacqui Smith has decided to create her own secret army.
Not content with the normal police, and the "plastic" police (Police Community Support Officers), Jacqui has decided to add another layer of policing "Jacqui's Irregulars".
These are a wee army of private security guards and town hall employees (eg park wardens and car park attendants) who have "police type powers". Our "respected and efficient" Home Orifice imbues these people with their "special powers" (eg to be able to fine people for truancy and littering, and to be able to demand someone's name and address) once they have undergone "training".
Jacqui's scheme is known as the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, members of Jacqui's Irregulars get to wear a special badge and a uniform (and we all know what happens to some jumped up jobsworths once they start to wear uniforms, don't we?).
Seemingly there are now 1,406 people who are members of Jacqui's Irregulars.
Has anyone ever come across a "Jacqui Irregular", I must admit it was news to me that a third layer of police had been created.
Errm...isn't this rather alarming?
Has this been discussed in Parliament?
Did anyone get to vote on it?
Is this merely a private army to protect Jacqui when she goes to buy a kebab?
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