Anne Marie Waters

Sunday February 7th 2021

 

I stated on a livestream recently that I would remove the policy of arming the police from For Britain’s manifesto and ask the members again (later in the year) if they still agree with this policy, given that it was voted for favourably a year ago.  The reason for this is concern from members, especially those who had voted in favour of this policy.  Many stated they had changed their mind because of the alarming behaviour of the police across the country throughout 2020.  I personally agree that the policy should be reviewed and voted on again (having consulted with our policing spokesman Mike Speakman who said he felt consensus had vastly changed).

What happened throughout 2020 is no minor matter where the police are concerned and easily justifies a member review of the policy.  However, it should be pointed out that under a For Britain government, such behaviour would not be tolerated and policing would change enormously.  But for now, trust in the police is at an all-time low across the nation and it is easy to understand why.  It has been developing for some time and many of our members feel that should the police be armed, the wider public would be in greater danger than hardened criminals.  Again, it is easy to understand why.

Even prior to 2020, trust in police was low.  This is largely because of things like Rotherham and other grooming gang atrocities where police did nothing while girls were raped.  Many, perhaps rightly, blame this on senior police and the political elite, and that is why For Britain would wipe a completely clean slate across the top of policing and radically alter how officers are trained.  But 2020 has shown to many that the problem is not only at the top; vast numbers of ordinary officers have shown themselves to be nothing short of bullies.

Today I’ll highlight some examples of this, and explain why I feel our members have changed their minds.

Notorious examples are related to the coronavirus lockdown.  Some police had clearly taken it upon themselves to define the rules, and they did so with a very heavy hand.  In South Yorkshire for example, a man was told by an overzealous police officer that he was not allowed to sit in his own garden.  This was not a breach of lockdown rules.  (That this occurred in Rotherham was probably a bit of a sting to many people, given that the gang-rape that has sadly come to define the town continues there with impunity).

Despite government guidelines stating that people may indeed spend time in their own gardens, the officer in question disagreed and said “You cannot come on your front garden. I’m recording [this video], you cannot come on your front garden.”  When this was disputed, she replied “I cannot speak for anybody else. You know when you look around and there’s nobody out? It’s because you can’t come out.”

South Yorkshire police subsequently apologised, but the damage was already done.

In April, Cambridge police were forced to backtrack when they announced that they were monitoring “non-essential aisles” in supermarkets.  The force tweeted: “Officers visited Tesco Barhill this morning as part of their patrols around supermarkets and green spaces this weekend.  Good to see everyone was abiding by social distancing measures and the non-essential aisles were empty”. 

The tweet was deleted and this clarification offered:

…the force position, in line with national guidance, is that we are not monitoring what people are buying from supermarkets. This message was sent with good intentions by an over exuberant officer who has been spoken to since this tweet was published.
Whilst the majority of people in our communities are abiding by the social distancing measures we have had to issue a small number of fines to those who are flouting the rules. None of these have been in relation to shopping or supermarket visits.
This happened only a day after Northamptonshire police made similar comments and even said they would check people’s supermarket trolleys to see if they were buying “non-essential items”.  Who would define “non-essential” was not clear, but that aside, it was not a breach of lockdown rules to buy anything in shops that were open.  Police were simply making this rule up themselves.  Even Priti Patel herself was forced to clarify this based on Northamptonshire’s actions.
Perhaps it is the actions of police throughout the summer though that has most affected our members’ view of our nation’s forces.  Officers not only stood by and allowed a group of open communists (who want to defund police) to commit criminal damage, but they literally got down on their knees in the streets in obedience to the demands of this criminal group.  Nobody has apologised for this. It was the most appalling and shocking scene many of us have ever witnessed where the police are concerned.
Firstly, the “protests” took place during lockdown.  And were allowed to.  While some of us are having our shopping trolleys interfered with, others can riot in the streets.  How can we trust the police when this is happening in plain sight?
In Bristol, Black Lives Matter, in an act of criminal damage, tore down a statue of one of that city’s famous sons and threw it in to the harbour.  Police did nothing.  In fact, they did worse than nothing.  Avon and Somerset police Superintendent Andy Bennet said Bristol should be “proud” that the city was now free of a Colston statue.  He went on: “People will say we allowed them to roll it all the way to the docks . . . if you’ve got a police cordon protecting a statue of a man who made his money trading slaves, you can imagine how different things might have been.”  This is absolutely extraordinary.  The police are clearly taking sides on a political issue, ignoring the law, and ignoring the feelings of those in the city who don’t agree that the Colston statue should come down.
To add insult to injury, the majority of people in Bristol had made it clear, time and again, that they wanted to keep Edward Colston’s statue, but it was torn down anyway, illegally, and the police openly took sides with anti-British communists and allowed it.  Then said they were proud.
In London, the same group of anti-British communists set their sites on one of Britain’s most revered Prime Minsters, Winston Churchill.  Just look at the image accompanying this article.  Where are the police?  This scandalous incident resulted in Churchill’s statue being shamefully covered in a steel box.  The man who led this country through one of its darkest eras was covered because of the demands of a violent group who despise this country.  What happens after that?
Police literally bowed down to that same group.  While BLM thugs shouted at them, police responded by getting on to their knees.
This is not policing.  It is certainly not the policing that can and should be expected in a democratic nation.  Forces all over this country have openly and clearly made political choices.  Every angry anti-British mob is pandered to or worse, while the law-abiding British public is threatened and intimidated and bullied.  Meanwhile of course, the grotesque imported serious crime continues: rape, murder, religious terror, you-name-it, nothing has changed.
We cannot carry on with police like this, and in my view, officers should not be armed until they can be trusted to act in the interests of the people and fight against criminals; whenever that may be.
Anne Marie Waters 
Leader 
For Britain 
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