As the virus makes its way through the Sceptered Isle across the pond the activities of the English constabulary are put once again into high relief. Drones flying above the moors in search of walkers too far from home undertaking non-essential activities. Police rummaging through shopping bags to make sure shoppers did not purchase non-essential items when at the store. The Keystone Cops meet the Gestapo.
In the midst of this awful crisis it is wise to remember that bad behavior by English authorities did not begin with the virus. There is of course the long-running matter of the “Asian” grooming gangs, ignored by the cops, courts and press. But here are some other incidents from the last few years.
Impounding scissors and tools as a part of a weapons sweep.
The UK army’s plan for martial law in case of a no-deal Brexit.
University alerts students to danger of reading an essay.
Surveillance camera outside Orwell’s home.
Application to the Chief Censor (!) for special permission to read the manifesto of the Christchurch shooter.
Woman arrested for calling a transgendered woman a man on Twitter.
13 year old with Asperger’s quotes rap lyrics containing the n-word online. Arrested.
England apparently envious of China’s social credit program.
Facebook private groups: spreading hate!
Whisks to be sold to 18+ only! The weapon of choice of roving gangs of teenage Nazis.
Count Dankula’s arrest and conviction.
Friendly reminder on the train.
Ads with sexist tropes banned.
Secure beneath the watchful eyes.