The ONS report into lifestyles and the chilling warning from Sir Hugh Orde about the police planning more extreme tactics. These two items you may think are totally unrelated, but you could not be more wrong, because they reflect not today’s politics but the public reaction to the politics.
In the first item, the ONS report covers quite a lot of ground but the thing that is of interest here is that volunteering has fallen, and has been falling for the past 5 years. The public has switched off.
This is understandable when you consider the huge number of fake charities, those bodies set up as charities which are funded in whole or part by government for the purpose of lobbying and social engineering, not charitable works.
Also understandable is peoples reaction to politicians and ministers bringing about the post democratic age, the Big Society, which is a communist/communitarian social experiment of which compulsory volunteering is an essential part, as it is of any authoritarian regime. (and even as I write have just seen a tweet from @RogerHelmerMEP: Another “Citizen’s Agora”. The European Parliament continues to push post-democratic “governance by NGOs.”)
So yes, the public are switching off to government, its social engineering, its nudging, its undemocratic methodologies, but more importantly they are also switching off and beginning to ignore one of the key elements of a civilised society, law and order.
The public no longer trust the police, they now see them as a state body which at every turn is trying to catch them out, to hound them, to suppress and force them into compliance with the thousands of new anti democratic and draconian rules being imposed, to criminalise them, to fine them, to deprive them of their liberty at every opportunity.
They have seen the police lie to the public, to parliament and the press, they have seen the tactics of communist regimes being employed against peaceful demonstrations, they have seen military methods used by the police to infiltrate and agitate otherwise harmless groups for political purposes (to gain influence, funding and equipment), whilst at the same time being seen to act illegally setting up operational units and databases with no legal authority, and protect corrupt politicians and officials.
To make matters worse we have the head of a private limited company, the ACPO, which has illegally set itself up as the voice and governing body of police forces across the UK, telling the public that if they don’t behave, the police are going to get even more violent and extreme to make them comply. That is simply the mentality of thugs in uniform.
The trust in the police has gone, the belief in justice has gone and Orde thinks that in his role as a private NGO he can bully the public into submission. He is a fool who is storing up far more trouble not less.
The public is growing bolder, spurred on by the sight of students making fools of the police, even though they may not support the aims of the students, the public feeling of detestation of the police is stronger. They no longer fear the police or politicians, which is how it should be.
It is also spurred on by the images and events in Tunisia, in Jordan, in Egypt. The British public have seen with their own eyes how regime change can be brought about.
There is now a growing population in the UK that no longer simply want a change in political party which is just more of the same spin, lying and corruption, they want a change that is fundamental to the restoration of their rights and liberties, and for that they will be willing to go into the streets to achieve it.
Sir Hugh Orde had better understand that Regime change is now on the agenda in the UK, and the public will not tolerate his kind of police thuggery in order to maintain the status quo.
The politicians also need to understand. If they don’t step back, if they don’t repeal those draconian laws (not tinker with), if they don’t listen to the aspirations of the people (as they advised Mubarak to do), then eventually they too will go the same way as President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.