Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.

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Thursday, 9 October 2014


There occasionally are incidents or alterations of national  procedures which whilst perhaps insignificant in themselves are indicative of profound changes in what could arguably be termed “our culture” defined as the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.  In my lifetime I would suggest that some examples of our culture were free university education, blue hardcover passports and the discretion allowed to eg teachers or police officers to make on the spot decisions without recourse to a higher authority because those professionals had earned social and professional respect.  At “street level”  the advice of most parents to their children if they found something of value  on the road was to hand it in at a police station.  It was a given;  a no brainer: a classic example of the difference between a child well brought up and one with no moral parameters.  That simple concept more in keeping with theory than practice served me and my contemporaries well.  Only once did it actually happen to me  and I recollect as a child taking what seemed a very large pound note to the local police station where it probably ended up in the sergeant`s back pocket.  That could not happen today.  Many police stations are refusing to accept lost property placing the onus on the finder to seek out the loser. 

Readers might consider this change in procedure  trivial and it is.  But it is symptomatic of what changes in law, policing, individual freedoms and justice are happening right under our noses.  Because individually these  changes  might emit little odour,  collectively our  noses should be overwhelmed by the smell.  They aren`t;  and to our detriment as a society our collective culture has passed the point of no return.  Where in most matters British was a term of pride it is now just the description of an  island off the north west coast of Europe.   

1 comment:

  1. Once upon a lifetime ago, you could ask what it meant to be British. You would have got clear no-nonsense answers from a populace who had a sense pride in being British. Patience, tolerance, a sense of fair play, justice, duty, order etc. Ask the question today and you'll be told that there is no such thing as 'Britishness' All those things we intuitively understood to be of value - the things that held us together - have been eroded. Some have disappeared altogether and what is left is derided. There is no stiff upper lip any more. Better that we let it all out and demonstrate our feelings by weeping and wailing such as always been the way in other cultures. Diversity has created division were it need not have done. We have truly lost our way and I see no prospect of a return to the values that once made us the envy of the world.