The Birth of a Police State: UK Police to be Granted Sweeping New Powers
And yet…here I am in a state with no need for any of these draconian measures, virtually no crime on the streets and very little anti-social behavior.
One of the main reasons I originally left the UK was because I was tired of having one eye over my shoulder everywhere I went. I was tired of sitting in pubs wondering WHEN the fight was going to start rather than IF the fight was going to start. There’s a lot wrong with society, and no easy fixes. Can arming the police with these sorts of powers offer these fixes? I don’t think so.
The UK Government is about to pass legislation which will make any behaviour perceived to potentially ‘cause nuisance or annoyance’ a criminal offence. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill also grants local authorities, police and even private security firms sweeping powers to bar citizens from assembling lawfully in public spaces. Those who refuse orders under the new rules will face arrest, fines and even prison time.
The Ever Increasing Powers
Since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which introduced Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) the government has invented and legislated for a litany of such orders covering everything from dog poo to drug addiction, including but not limited to: Control Orders; Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Orders; Intervention Orders; Crack House Closure Orders; Premise Closure Orders; Brothel Closure Orders; Gang Related Violence Injunctions; Designated Public Place Orders; Special…
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