Fans of Theodore Dalrymple
October 21, 2019
Nero’s fiddling was effective firefighting by comparison
Britain has by far the highest rate of violent crime in Western Europe, about five or six times that of Spain, for example. What is the response of the British police? Dalrymple writes that it is a fact of modern British life that
as the police appear more and more to resemble the paramilitary force of an authoritarian régime or military dictatorship, they become less and less effectual, whom only the law-abiding fear.
They seem to concentrate ever less on real police work, and
engage in parallel pseudo-activities, such as commiserating with the victims of the crimes they have failed to prevent and in the vast majority of cases make no attempt to solve.
is increasingly apt to be described as ‘a burglary that went tragically wrong’.
The British police love to
waste their time on the pseudo-pastoral care of those whom I suppose we must now call their clients.
Their primary object appears to be
work avoidance through work creation, a seemingly frantic activity — while never having to do anything that actually conduces to any conceivable end other than early retirement on the grounds of ill-health through stress. This is a world that is forever developing training packages, building and delivering capacity, etc., while actually doing nothing. Nero’s fiddling, by comparison, was effective firefighting – evidence-based, of course. It is always time for thinking outside the box, ringfencing a safe space for blue-skies thinking.
This article was posted: Monday, October 21, 2019 at 5:35 am