Anti-terror cops or the new kit for teach­ers in our law­less schools?

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

THERE are many false­hoods in mod­ern Bri­tain. One is the al­leged ‘fall’ in crime fig­ures, this week yet again ex­posed as a de­lib­er­ate fid­dle. An­other is the claimed ‘im­prove­ment’ in state com­pre­hen­sive schools, where in truth class­room be­hav­iour is of­ten ap­palling and learn­ing al­most im­pos­si­ble as a re­sult.

When this open se­cret was re­vealed a few years ago by un­der­cover TV cam­eras, the au­thor­i­ties re­sponded by dis­ci­plin­ing the brave teacher who had helped ex­pose it. Of course they did. What else would you ex­pect?

But now the grow­ing chaos has led to calls for teach­ers to be equipped with body-cam­eras. Why stop there? Why not kit them out in the face-masks, gog­gles, hel­mets, bother boots, com­bat gear and heavy ar­tillery sported last week by ‘po­lice’ of­fi­cers in Down­ing Street dur­ing a visit by the Is­raeli premier. If teach­ers dressed like this, and could also get away with shooting or elec­tro­cut­ing the oc­ca­sional pupil (as the po­lice get away with shooting and Taser­ing the odd in­no­cent per­son), exam re­sults and gen­eral per­for­mance would soar.

I sus­pect there’d also be many fewer false ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, and a sharp drop in bul­ly­ing.

Am I jok­ing? I’m not re­ally sure. The au­thor­i­ties will do al­most any­thing to pro­tect them­selves, which is why the po­lice guard­ing politi­cians dress up like Judge Dredd and drape them­selves with weapons.

But any nor­mal per­son seek­ing to live an or­derly, hon­est life – a pri­vate cit­i­zen be­sieged by louts in her home, a teacher strug­gling to con­trol a feral class­room, a shop­keeper plagued by in­ces­sant theft – faces ar­rest and pun­ish­ment if he or she snaps and lashes out.

Surely it is only despo­tisms where the po­lice pro­tect the pow­er­ful, and turn a cold and bru­tal shoul­der to the peo­ple?

JUDGE DREDD STYLE: Counter ter­ror­ism of­fi­cers in Lon­don

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