09 February 2009

Building a Police State by Threat

There's always plenty in the news that gets me riled, but this nearly had me grinding my teeth down to the roots.

The idea of the police threatening to block a pub licence application if the owner refuses to install CCTV and give them unfettered access to the recordings is an appalling abuse of power.

The idea of the police being able to comment on a licence application makes sense if it's restricted to giving details of any previous problems in the venue, but not if can be used as a bargaining tool to put pressure on the applicant to allow police surveillance on private property.

If the letter is a true reflection of the situation (and I've no reason to believe it isn't) it's a new low.

1 comment:

IanPJ said...

Its called 'Leading beyond Authority'.

Google it.