Well, we gotta work with what we have.
Earlier I was imagining the scene in the Home Office C-Suite. I know of Priti Patel, through people I know who have worked with her. She’s fucking hardcore.
Sometime around now, there’s a conference call going on where she is asking our nation’s Chief Constables, “Are you TRYING to get us all fucking lynched?”
On her screen will be 40 windows of men and women (no trannies that I know of) with their epaulettes, looking abashed and concerned. Sadly, they only look that way because they haven’t got a fucking clue what she’s talking about.
What Priti Patel now needs to promise is that any copper that appears in the papers being a fascist will be subject to a televised show-trial at the end of all this, with public voting, and their Chief Constable will be standing besides them in the dock with their pension in their hand.
In spite of conniptions of civil servants, this is what needs to be done, and if any HomeSec we’ve had since Michael Howard was capable of it, it’s her.
UPDATE: And as if by magic:
Anyone who has been an observer of PC Basu’s work will know that he’s only issued such advice with a baton rammed all the way up his butthole.