One enlightened policeman isn't going to scare the bad people

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constab­ulary, Denis O'Connor, has suddenly realised that police officers should once again walk the beat

Things will not get ­better. Just because Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constab­ulary has suddenly realised that police officers should once again walk the beat, do not expect that anyone will pay any attention.

Maybe you’ll see a token patrol of two tiny, rotund PCSOs, chatting to each other as they tactfully ignore the anti-social behaviour raging all round them.

The yelling louts and the ­problem families will still rule the streets. The police will still regard you as a nuisance if you call them – assuming you can get through. And if they do respond to your call, they will shake their heads sadly and say there’s nothing they can do. Here, have a tissue, a crime number and some counselling. 

In the unlikely event that ­anyone is ever arrested and charged for a crime, and then actually convicted and imprisoned, they will still be rapidly released after a few months mixing with their mates and taking drugs in warehouse jails.

What has already happened to burglary – now regarded by authority as a trivial and uncontrollable offence – is happening quietly to murder. The plans to introduce a charge of ‘second-degree murder’ will in the end enable many killers to get away with short sentences, and eventually (you read this here first) with fines and ‘community service’.

The result, as with burglary, is that it will become com­monplace, like so many other crimes that are now dealt with (or rather, not dealt with) by fatuous cautions and unpaid on-the-spot penalties where the culprit isn’t even required to go to court.

Look at the two burglars, pictured happily awaiting arrest as they sat trapped on the roof of a home they had violated. Did they look like men afraid of the law, or dreading their punishment? Of course they didn’t. Bad people in our society are not afraid. This is why we must all be afraid instead.

Listen carefully to those in authority when they promise to put things right. They do not really mean it, because they continue to believe in the ‘progressive’ ideas of the Sixties. They don’t believe in punishment. They don’t believe in deterrence. They believe that police constables should be treated as suspect and untrustworthy, while criminals should be treated as unhappy victims of their backgrounds.

They believe in ‘Human Rights’, which are invariably the rights of the wicked and the selfish.

It is true – I have been saying it for many years – that our cities could be altered overnight if they were once again guarded by proper constables, armed with nothing more than a truncheon and the force of per­sonality.

But this cannot be, because our governing elite actually hates this idea.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, burbles about reducing police paperwork, as every Home Secretary I can remember has done. But she will not repeal the Police And Criminal Evidence Act 1984, that piece of Tory legislation whose codes of practice are the origin of most of that paperwork.

Nor will she repeal the Human Rights Act, which polluted our legal system with ultra-Leftist drivel.

This is because she, in common with our entire political class, is your enemy – devoted to the ideas and policies that have turned a free and happy country into a lawless slum, in one generation.

Is St Paul’s the place for a fashion show?

Heel raiser: Daphne Guinness totters into St Paul's to attend the Alexander McQueen memorial service

There were remarkable scenes outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London last week, as various women struggled and tottered into the national church in startling outfits and on improbable heels.

They were there to attend a memorial service for Alexander McQueen, the fashion designer who, most regrettably, took his own life in February, aged 40.

I must admit to being slightly surprised that this great national, religious building – the scene of the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill – should be used for such a gathering.

The cathedral says that Mr McQueen was a notable figure (which is undeniable) and a Londoner, which is also the case. I do not know if Mr McQueen had any religious affiliation, or what it was if so. Nor does St Paul’s.

I am assured the service itself was decorous, though I would question the inclusion of Gloomy Sunday, a song sympathising with suicide, in a Christian ceremony.

As it happens, I think such sad souls should be treated gently by the church, without too many questions.

But a memorial service in St Paul’s is not the same thing as a quiet funeral.

‘Radical’ Vince: the cosy reality

Whatever would happen if Tory voters actually woke up and grasped what David Cameron is doing? The level of misunderstanding of what is going on is tragic.

It is not the first time. Silly Labour Leftists and Tory golf-club twits, in a similar bout of delusion, jointly fooled themselves that Anthony Blair was some sort of conservative.

While they did so, Mr Blair mounted a virulent attack on marriage and Christianity, destroyed rigorous education, encouraged mass immigration, raised taxes to unprecedented levels and vastly expanded the public sector, while handing over our powers and freedoms to foreigners.

Now the same people weirdly imagine that David Cameron is some sort of conservative. In the golf clubs they bray that he is using the Liberal Democrats. In Left-wing covens they complain that the Liberal Democrats have been swallowed by the Tories.

This is drivel. The blazing truth is that Mr Cameron is the smiling, willing prisoner of the Sixties Leftists who run the Liberal Democrats, and with whom he agrees about almost everything from cannabis to wind farms.

His coalition with them enables him to trample on the remaining proper conservatives in his party, in the name of necessity. But actually he much prefers it to the majority Tory ­government he couldn’t achieve.

‘Our Liberal-Conservative Gov­ernment will take Britain in a historic new direction, a direc­tion of hope and unity, conviction and common purpose,’ he announced at the very start. It was ‘a historic and seismic shift in our political landscape. It can demonstrate in government a new progressive partnership’.

He meant it. And so a new party is taking shape among us, which, for the sake of its own survival, must pretend in public that it is two parties for a little while longer.

Did you know that Vincent Cable sent his supposedly ­radical Liverpool speech to the Tories to be vetted in advance? He did, and it was approved.

The same went for Nick Clegg, who amazingly cannot tell legal tax avoidance from criminal tax evasion. And when, next month, the Tories gather in Birm­ingham, all their speeches will likewise have been vetted by the Lib Dem machine. This is just a glimpse of the cosiness with which the Cameroon liberals have hugged their ­supposed political foes.

There is no way out for the actual Liberals, even if they wanted it, for their MPs can only hope to survive the next Election thanks to a pact (probably unstated) with the Tories.

But there is no way out for the Tories either, for they have decided they want office at all costs, and the price they have paid is that their voters and activists must ever here­after work their guts out to keep a Left-wing government in power.

And if they fail and Labour wins (which it well might), they still get a Left-wing government. Cunning, eh?

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