You know when things are really bad, and are falling apart, when Nanny suggests that her own citizens be trained in the "genteel" art of street fighting in order to deal with anti social behaviour etc.
Funny that, I thought that's why we pay taxes for a police force?
Evidently I was wrong, and that it is now our responsibility to deal with "low level" crime.
Anyhoo, according to the Telegraph, Ben Rogers (a former Blair adviser), now a visiting fellow at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, wants people to learn how to restrain offenders, self-defence and how to defuse tense situations.
In his view, ruling aside the dangers of vigilante gangs, we should show “civic pride”.
Rogers is of the view that the cuts in police budgets means that real police and plastic police are no longer up to the job of protecting us, and that we have to do it ourselves.
Rogers is not alone in wanting people to take the law into their own hands, Nanny's ministers have also said that householders and shopkeepers should be able to use “reasonable force” to tackle burglars.
All very well, maybe, but if the police are so short of staff who exactly is going to train Nanny's citizen army?
Also, given the fact we live in the Nanny state, what about the health and safety implications, insurance issues and risk of being sued?
It is a potty idea that is dangerous, and destined to cause an awful lot of problems if it ever came into being!
This is what happens when Nanny's citizens take the law into their own hands:
"Overnight, a group entered a lock-up without permission in New Addington in Croydon, south London, where Tia disappeared.
It led to a confrontation between the garage owner and those keen to find her, including a man who was armed, according to the Croydon Advertiser"Care to comment Nanny?
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