Britain is a shit place to live. People are stressed and harassed. We are over-governed. This is manifested in two ways: We pay far too much tax - especially the low paid, which means we have no resources available to fall back on when the going gets tough. But its not that: its the sheer unpleasantness of people in this godforsaken land - especially those in small authority. It is that British beast, the Jobsworth, who knows that he will be backed up by the full violence of the law even though he's abusing his position, who make life so intolerable.
In two incidents I picked up from the blogosphere, Bendygirl, who has severe mobility problems was abused by a manager of JD weatherspoons because she wished, quite reasonably to wait until the crush at the door moved on before her friends attemped to help her out at closing time. The second is a train guard, blocked a perfectly serviceable door and manhandled a woman in order to prevent her boarding, because the "stand clear" had already been called. The door was open at the time because the little bully was chatting to his union slug of a mate on the platform.
Once a decision is made, no-one in any form of petty authority ever backs down. They will continue to throw their weight around, and if you ever get frustrated at the injustice of it, they will not hesitate to call the police, and you will be prosecuted for assault (if you so much as touched him) or threatening behaviour: a section 24 offence (if you merely told him to fuck off). You cannot win.
The police seem to enjoy this too. A man got himself threatened with a fire-arm and arrested (and put on the DNA database) for listening to a black Phillips MP3 player which someone myopically mistook for a gun. No-one said, "I'm sorry for the misunderstanding, sir. Please go on your way". No! they kept up the violence until they had crushed every last ounce of authority out of the situation. Arrest, DNA and Detention. For nothing. I doubt he even got an apology.
When the police are just armed backup for every thug and bully who have managed to get themselves a high visibility vest and a job which involves herding the general public (Train guards, Bouncers, Parking attendants, Airport staff etc...), what respect do you think they get from the general public? The police have become the provisional wing of the Jobsworth movement.
Now, the police are supposed to serve a purpose, but when you're the victim of crime, you get no satisfaction from the useless cunts (unless you're dead). They will however stop you for being in possession of a motor car with intent to drive. (3 points, an increase of 20% in your insurance premium and a £60 fine). Or being in possession of a beard with intent to be Muslim (Indefinite detention without trial, if the Police get their way) So I ask again. Would the UK be a better or a worse place if the police just buggered off and left me to defend my property myself? I'd make a better fist of it than they do - because let's face it, burglary has been decriminalised!
If there were no Police, I certainly would be able to give jobsworth cunts the kicking they richly deserve, and the fear of kickings from the people they herd, may just persuade those who go to work in a high vis vest to be more polite and flexible to the general public. That will in turn make the UK a better more civilised place to live. Dead (and, if I catch them at it, extravagantly tortured) burglars and muggers would drop the crime rate. You'd be more polite to people if you thought they might kick your head in if you weren't. With no police, people would be forced to police their own neighbourhoods: community engagement! Perhaps then the herd will not go out and get drunk and act like animals. If you treat the people like scum, that's how they'll behave. The Pigs are failing so badly in their prime function (keeping the Queen's peace and preventing crime, in case you didn't know) that I'm not convinced we'd be worse off without them.
There's a saying in the Army: "if you need rank, you shouldn't have it". It's the same with the High vis vest and police backup.