Our nation is in a state of crisis due to Coronavirus which is a matter that is impacting a great many people and it is clear that we need some credible information to be published by newspapers, even if the realistic news is not going to attract so many readers based on the views of the journalists or their editor. This image is the one the Telegraph published on Facebook earlier today and their online headline for this article are the words shown below this image. The article sub-headline is:
Draconian powers have been used too aggressively by some forces while confusion reigns over police approach to lockdown
The piece then goes on to describe an event that took place in Greater Manchester and states up until the article limit which prevents many of us reading the rest of the article:
The move was an example of officers using their draconian new powers to restrict all non-essential travel throughout the country and prevent the further spread of Covid-19. As constabularies across the country continue to get to grips with the powerful new legislation at their disposal, numerous examples have emerged of officers wielding the laws with such zeal that critics have suggested we are in danger of becoming a police state….
It is very clear that the current arrangements are a real challenge for a range of agencies and the Police services are one of the most vulnerable groups. Of course the Telegraph could have just as easily published the numerous cases of people spitting and sticking up fingers at the police, or indeed the murders and abuses that are currently taking place and which the Police are investigating whilst the officers are having to work in settings that most people including journalists would not go into under current circumstances. Clearly this one example which may well have been a mistake by the police did not cause anyone to be put at risk and if it frustrated the car full of people, they were clearly sitting far less than 2m from each other and so there are several matters which would concern many people. The three journalists who have written this post may have found this example by doing some meaningful research, however they have ignored many other stories that I have seen through a range of other papers and internet news (which of course include many other criticisms of the police). I can let them know that based on my role in the Independent Advisory Group for Sussex Police that so far the work of the police has placed their officers in a number of deeply problematic positions based on an extensive range of matters and their response has been seen by a wide range of local people as working very well despite all of the challenges they have faced.
Of course no one is perfect and many challenges will emerge as human beings are expected to police us under these conditions. There are many examples over previous periods that one could find where police officers have made mistakes and indeed the police service works very hard to avoid these each day. By the same token journalists are capable of mistakes and perhaps Martin Evans, the Telegraph Crime Correspondent working along with Charles Hymas and Max Stephens could admit their own mistakes and confirm that they and their industrial colleagues have made numerous more mistakes along with some of their own positive examples for each mistake.
Perhaps once they have acknowledged their mistakes alongside their hard work they could then point out that the Draconian Laws as they have described them were put together by their mate Boris Johnson and if they have concerns about that, they could point out how he needs to correct his many mistakes!