Ask most people what’s gone wrong with modern policing and they won’t be backward in coming forward.
You never see a bobby on the beat any more. They’ve closed our local nick. Can’t be bothered investigating burglaries.
They spend too much time playing gesture politics; taking the knee; skateboarding with demonstrators; painting their nails to show solidarity with the trans lobby; flying the rainbow flag; ignoring real crime while scouring the internet for ‘non-crime hate incidents’; posing in front of a giant placard proclaiming, wrongly, that causing offence is a criminal offence.
The list is endless. And that’s before we get to the institutionalised culture of cover-up, incompetence and negligence which was exposed by the scandalous, bungled pursuits of prominent politicians and entertainers falsely accused of ‘historic’ sex crimes. But the one answer you won’t hear from anyone, anywhere, is: not enough graduates. So why is Home Secretary Priti Flamingo entertaining an insane proposal from the College of Policing requiring all new recruits to have degrees?
That’s the question being asked by Marc Jones, incoming head of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. He thinks the Old Bill should be hiring ex-squaddies rather than wet-behind-the-ears millennials who have spent three years doing a media studies course.
Yet the force — sorry, service — is going in the opposite direction.