British National Police

November 21st, 2008 § 0 comments

The Police Regulations 2003:

1. A member of a police force shall at all times abstain from any activity which is likely to interfere with the impartial discharge of his duties or which is likely to give rise to the impression amongst members of the public that it may so interfere; and in particular a member of a police force shall not take any active part in politics.

There has been a lot of talk about the copper who is a member of the BNP and why it shouldn’t matter, that what is the difference between a policeman and a teacher being a member of the BNP.

The above excerpt gives the rules for the police with regard to politics, quite plainly.
The police service are not just going after the people on the BNP list (I am not calling it a members list as it is unclear as to whether it is actually members, contacts or what) because they may members of the BNP, but because they may be members of a political party. The fact that the party in question happens to be a repugnant fascist party is besides the point. I do think, however, if it were the one of the three main parties involved instead of the BNP then maybe the list scouring may not be so thorough.

But why should a teacher and not a policeman be allowed to be politically active? I don’t know, to be honest.

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