The problem with the outburst of Andrew Mitchell, and why the left make big thing of him allegedly calling a Police Officer ‘a f*cking Pleb’ is not one of class, though class is obviously a big factor, it is the fact of equality.
Simply put if I had sworn at a Police Officer I would have been arrested on a Public Order Charge for a ‘breach of the peace’ but because it a member of the Government he has got away with it. It is grossly unfair that there is one law for the ‘haves’ and another one for the ‘have not’s
The remark was more shocking that the remarks were made in the week that two Police Women were killed in Manchester, underlining that the Police force is very much at the front line.
A week previously we had the report on the Hillsborough Disaster, and I have mentioned how I was affected not only about that, but the ‘Battle of Orgreave’ and the Police brutality evident. During the 80’s the Tory Government realised that they had to have the Police on their side to enforce their policies, but times have changed. In 2011 Theresa May was publicly humiliated at the Police Federation Conference, as the Home Secretary was invited to speak, she was met with silence, then heckled, and then booed whilst stood in front of a sign which read ‘20% Police Cuts are Criminal’.
This Government is not only at war with its people, it is at war with the Police as well.
It is not only that Government should be supporting ‘law and order’ it is also that it should be setting the example.
There is also the ‘Caesars wife must be beyond reproach’ if we are to continue with the fiction that Government ‘serves’ the people it must demonstrate a fitness to do by placing itself under the law, not above it as so many Ministers seem to think. There must be an example from the Government that it is leading behaviour, not creating a class sees itself as unaccountable.
The Pink Agendist wrote a blog asking if rich people lie more than poor people, that is a good point to ask, but one thing that has been shown is that people in power tend to arrogance and, it is a truism, do not know how to serve, but demand deference in how they are treated. I rarely link to other people’s blog, but I think it is so relevant that I have done – here.
Mitchell, Cameron, and Osborne are prime exemplars of how a privileged education and upbringing have led to arrogance and, to use an old-fashioned word, rudeness. One has only to look at Cameron’s condescending attitude towards Parliamentarians and Parliament, one has only to watch Osborne treat his opposition with unashamed contempt. His moniker at Eton was ‘Thrasher’ – known for this contempt of those he deemed inferior to himself, an upper class bully.
What he is alleged to have said sounds such much like something a overprivilaged Etonian would say, the alledged words were:
‘Best you learn your f****** place … you don’t run this f******* government … You’re f******* plebs
The contempt that the Eton ‘bully boys’ treat this country is beyond belief, any decent Minister would have resigned, but this a Government of bullies who think they have a right to the power they have grasped – just listen to PMQ’s and see how Etonian Cameron is.