Wednesday, 23 January 2008
In yet another attack on the individual, the Government are planning to give the police additional powers to set up road-blocks, pull over cars and subject drivers to alcohol tests. At present, the police must have a reason to do this, which seems fair enough and in keeping with their putative raison d'etre to keep the peace. But when you're an authoritarian control freak, having a reason is way too much effort. It requires the copper to think. Far better, they say, to treat everyone like a suspect.