Police – Go on Strike: Stay on Strike

Sean Gabb 

In Association with the Libertarian International

Release Date: Monday 10th December 2007
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Dr Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, sean@libertarian.co.uk

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The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties think tank and pressure group, today calls on the Police Federation to urge their members to vote for the right to strike – then to call them out on strike and to stay on strike.

Dr Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, comments:

“The idea that the main function of the police is to protect life and property requires a firm resolve not to read the newspapers. There was a time within living memory when the worst the police did was to resell porn and drugs, and license burglars, and hang round public lavatories arresting any man desperate enough to fancy them. In addition to this, to be fair, they did provide the occasional protective service.

“But this is history. The police nowadays are little more than an increasingly trigger-happy ruling class militia. They spend much of their time listening to radio discussions in search of people to harass for saying something politically incorrect. If they do leave the fortified compounds we used to call police stations, it is to arrest householders for protecting their lives and property, or to breathalyse every tenth driver on the local A roads. The police are politically and financially corrupt. They are personally dangerous to be near. The only thing still to be said in their favour is that they are lazy and incompetent.

“England has become a country where if you see a police officer knocking on your door, you panic.

“We welcome the calls for the police to be allowed to go on strike. We urge all police officers to vote for this right, then to exercise it. We further call on the authorities not to negotiate with the strikers.

“A police strike would be the biggest blow for liberty since the abolition of identity cards in 1952. Free from the hot breath of PC Plod on our necks, we could all speak freely again, and take whatever steps were needed to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the other trash infesting this country.”

The Libertarian Alliance believes:

  • In the abolition of state policing:
  • In the repeal of all the Firearms Acts from 1920 to 1997, plus any other laws limiting the right to keep and use firearms;
  • In the repeal of all laws banning the carrying and use of other defensive weapons;
  • That the money thereby saved should be used to cut taxes.


Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His latest book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, may be downloaded for free from http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3. It may also be bought. His other books are available from Hampden Press at http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.

He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at sean@libertarian.co.uk

5 responses to “Police – Go on Strike: Stay on Strike

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  2. Now there’s a headline to conjure with!

  3. “England has become a country where if you see a police officer knocking on your door, you panic”

    Quite. When you’ve had the police knock on your door about your blog, you really understand what this means.

  4. If the police went on strike. Who would uphold the law ?.The people rely on the police for protection when they are in need. The government would be forced to declare martial law and send in the army and the UK does not have enough soldiers for that as alot of our troops are in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    And another point, Britain has relativly low gun crime compared to America where you can easily buy a weapon, why else is there so many shootings in the U.S. If people could easily buy guns here, then gangs and other criminals can easily get hold of them which would cause gun crime too rise. The fact is, the more guns there are, the more bad people that can get a hold of them and then Britain would end up like America.

  5. Actualy, gun crime goes down when more people are armed. You dont pull a gun if you think 50 other people will drop you if you pull the trigger. Americas gun crime is skewed anyway. Sometimes suicides are lumped into the gun crime catergory and since suicides are a big thing in the US, they use the figures to fluff up their statistics. Regardless of laws for or against guns, bad guys get them anyway. If you were threatened by a man with a gun, $20 says you would wish you had one when the police are not going to get there in time to save your ass.