I read an article in the paper today that talked about an armed raid on the house of the film director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, responsible for the latest upcoming film 50 Shades of Grey. My hopes were up because initially I thought that they were going to confiscate the script for what I reckon will be a yawn-making, afternoon telly movie. Then my hopes flew out of the window because I discovered her premises were being raided because someone saw a gun through a window.
Hmm. What concerns me is that merely on the hearsay of a stranger, a house can be raided by armed police units. Whatever happened to the more softly, softly approach of yesteryear? Before going into someone’s house in such a bullish fashion, how about doing a land search, find out who owns the house, their profession, and whether it’s reasonably possible that they may have a right to have a weapon? Or whether the witness was mistaken? Or whether the weapon was in fact legally owned? Where has the presumption of innocence gone?
I’m not blaming the passer-by, not unless the desk on which the gun (an M16 I am led to believe) was placed was on the second storey and they had been using grappling hooks to get a peek, but I do think that a more appropriate approach might have been to go have a look-see and a chat using a couple of low-key officers with backup outside ready to pounce if called upon. It’s more traditional, certainly closer to the British values Cameron keeps harping on about. Why are we behaving more like a police state, with little or no tolerance for anything outside the new ‘normal’, whatever the hell that is?
Terrorism is not an excuse for curtailing civil liberties, not in our ‘civilised’ countries, no matter how much jingoism is bandied about. Would they have been as quick to react if they found the home owned by someone of a minority group? Judging by recent and outrageous discoveries, I’m guessing not. Non-criminals have human rights too. All this and they are releasing serious criminals with only partial sentences served back onto the street. If you want the police to actually do something about real crime we can all relate to, maybe more crimes ought to be classified as terrorist activities – like cycling on the footpath, dropping litter, using mobile phones while driving, oh, yes, and smoking in your car accompanied by a kid. These are just as likely to result in injury and death, but where is the real effort against these everyday crimes?
My biggest long term fear when I read things like this is that it is seriously going to impede a person’s right to be prepared for the ZA. If they chase even toys and decommissioned weapons out of people’s homes, where will we be when it’s time to obey rule one, find a weapon to kill zombies with? Smacking a zombie over the head with a stale baguette really isn’t going to have the same impact as a bullet between the eyes, now is it? If they crack down on decommissioned weapons (which I might add is still legal to possess in the UK) just because someone sees one in your home, does that mean that if you want to admire your collection, do you now have to close your curtains, lock your doors and switch on a low wattage light before you can reveal your weapon candy? Are guns going to become the new porn? What about kids playing cowboys and Indians? Will the children playing suddenly be surrounded by men in black storm-trooper suits carrying automatic weapons, abseiling down from Chinooks and screaming at them to drop their 6-shooters or they’ll open fire? Or do kids not play that sort of game anymore because it’s too non-PC these days? I really don’t know; it’s been more than a little while since I was a kid. Anyone care to enlighten me?
Books by the Author:
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle – Cabin Fever (Sequel)
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle – Z Factor
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