We are increasingly policed by Community Support Officers, Street Wardens, private security firms with 'accredited individuals', park wardens and shopping centre patrols. These plastic police "cannot arrest somebody or investigate a crime: they wander around telling people off for doing whatever it is they are doing, and deliver state-issued tellings off in the form of on the spot fines". Meanwhile the actual police have become embarrassingly inept at dealing with public order situations like student protests. Is this institutional collapse?
Also by Josie Appleton, this time in the Spectator, on Annabel Hayter, chairwoman of Gloucester Cathedral Flower Guild, who has become the figurehead of a new movement against CRB checks when she refused to be vetted. The guild shared a toilet with the choirboys, and without checks there would be ‘paedophiles infiltrating the flower guild’. Well obviously.
An absolutely bizarre explanation of the latest student protests which goes into fantasy orgasm imagining 1968 all over again. Maybe he found some acid in an old coat.
Scary stuff on the Irish economy, democracy and the EU by Brendan O'Neil
The hilarious Rob Lyons on 'I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here' and Gillian McKeith.