Thanks, Lord T, for this inaugural guest post. Food for thought:
How many times have we seen on the news, either the TV, the papers or the web that ‘An armed gunman was killed today in a shoot out with Police. The IPCC are investigating.’. Quite a few times in the last few years right. Usually, a while later you read about this rabid criminal who died in a hail of bullets while resisting arrest. Sometime, you hear nothing but hidden away on a web page you find this article.
The verdict, unsurprisingly, was that he was lawfully killed. That may be so in a society where justice is clearly missing from the justice system and been replaced by law and is an indicator on how far we have moved away from actual Justice.
This guy, Terry Nicholas, may not have been lily white. For one thing he was being targeted by criminals and for another he new how to get a gun. Neither actually beyond anyone in this country nowadays from what I can see. But who really knows. It could have been you or me.
Put yourself in his situation. He was targeted by killers, Plod as usual were ineffective, their skills being in tidying up after the event and awaiting CSI to solve the crime so they could arrange a SWAT team to go and pick up the shooter. So this guy goes out and buys himself some protection. Clearly a leak took place or it was an undercover plod that was involved in the sale and Plod was informed that a citizen of the UK had the means to protect himself. That is unacceptable in our modern UK and thus rules stated that we must set up an operation, called Wondoola (I hope that being at the Ws we are not running out of Operational code names, they look so good on the CV), to remove this serious threat to the public and put him away for his temerity in looking at defending himself.
So, Operation Wondoola was planned, rather than thought out, as ‘Roll up, try to arrest, if he resists shoot him as a threat and back to the pub for a couple’ was the plan while ‘What will we drink?’ seems to be the extent of the thought process.
So bearing in mind that this guy was fearful for his life what do they *cough* plan? They plan on driving up to him while he was in a back alley in unmarked police cars. What could possibly go wrong? Well nothing from their perspective. Terry Nicholas drew his gun and fired a shot. Unsurprisingly nobody says where it was fired at but certainly nobody was hurt or any police cars hit or we would have heard. You can be sure of that. He was then killed in a hail of fire by several members of one of our growing groups of legalized killers. Unable to get his time in court where he could talk about the inability of Plod to protect him. Funny that. It’s almost as if …. Nah.
Does that sound like any sort of plan to you? Yet, it is recorded as a lawful killing. It may be lawful but it is not right. If that plan was in a crime fiction book nobody would believe it or they would discover at the end that Plod was infiltrated somewhere.
Skip forward a few years, again we are in the situation where criminals are targeting an individual, Francecca Pilkington, because she was disabled. Again, Plod are involved but for whatever reason they fail to do anything about it. This time though everything works out fine. The mother, Fiona Pilkington, kills herself and her daughter to escape the taunts. The result, everyone is sorry but no one is to blame, new illiberal legislation is proposed and will undoubtedly be passed through quickly due to the uproar by the public. Read here.
Of course if Fiona Pilkington had dared arm herself with a gun then she too would have died in a lawful killing and would have been labeled a criminal.
The State is not your friend. The Police are no longer your friends either. It appears we should get used to that.