Frontline police officers are seeking extra powers to enter private homes to break up parties and prevent the spread of coronavirus but are expected to be rejected by Priti Patel.
The Police Federations believe there is a loophole in the coronavirus rules which means they cannot enter a private dwelling to stop a house party or even a barbecue at a private house.
They can only act if they are allowed in by the householders which they say has hampered efforts to combat such gatherings, a key source for the spread of the disease.
Err, yes. My home is my castle and all that. Agreed, it is rather galling to a certain mindset that things outside the State even exist, let alone that we encode them into what we call civil liberty.
And who does think that if the police ever do gain this power they’ll give it up?
My advice to Ms. Patel would be to line up and shoot the people asking for this power. Pour encourager les autres. After all, if we do it to Admirals for being less than the Best of British why exempt coppers?