Public Whinge

After listening to the radio this morning and watching public media over the last few months, it seems clear that we, the public, want a great deal from our law enforcement agencies yet are not prepared to contribute ourselves.

This is, in my opinion, caused by a “we” and ” them” blinkered vision of society.

There is no doubt in my mind that some of the public will only be silenced if the police are issued with light sensors so they can selectively deal with poor behaviour. If the light is green let the behaviour pass because it is one of the “we” people on a bad day. If the light is red it means they are a “them”. Stop them quickly before they take “ice”, have a mental breakdown or crash a party.

But do not search a “we” by mistake or expose them to a dog search. This is a breach of the right to enjoy themselves.

The police and law enforcement agencies are always to blame for violence on the streets at night, but, when appropriate laws are enacted to give the police some power to deal with this, it interferes with the personal liberty of the “we group”. Of course the “we group” and their children would never act like “them”. In fact the “we” group know exactly what “free wine” means. It is preservative free, pesticide free, organic or perhaps even alcohol free. No one in the “we” group would possibly think it is an encouragement to have another drink!

The police are apparently responsible for violence in hospitals where they have, on occasion, not been able to always deal with violent people suffering from a mental illness or who have ingested legal or illegal substances. This causes many problems for the “we” in the waiting rooms, but it always seems to be the “them” that are in that sort of trouble.

Police and law enforcement agencies are blamed for AVO orders not working. Sometimes even in this very, very  difficult area it is because some unfortunate victims  think “who are they to say ‘we’ do not have the right to invite whomsoever we like to our own house?”

Those who complain about our overseas image, about nothing being done about “them” whilst “we” are not able to roam the streets late at night or in the early hours of the morning in search of alcohol, that “we” must go home or to a friend’s to continue the party, and that someone must do something about these important freedoms of ours immediately, should stop and think.

Whinge begins and ends with “We”.


About Anne Powles

I am retired from paid employment. During my working life I have been variously and sometimes contemporaneously, wife, mother of four, lawyer, teacher and psychologist. I have also been a serial education junkie. As are we all, I have been an observer of the world around me. Here I have recorded some of my memories, observations and theorisings.
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