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  1. What shall MOPs call you

    I'm not a fan of titles, or even calling someone sir. Doctor, policeman, teacher or plumber, we all provide a service and instead of using a title to expect respect, we earn respect through our actions. When primarily addressing someone I don't know, I simply say hello or excuse me.
  2. Police officer safety debate in Parliament

    It's no surprise there is little concern from government, just look how many ex services are living rough on the streets of London. The truth is, you are guard dogs to protect the establishment, a means to an end, and as you say, they are itching for excuses to privatise as much as possible. I have a lot of respect for you guys who genuinely care about their community and the contribution you make, but at the end of the day like practically every aspect of our modern 'civillised' society, it is run as a business which ultimately increases pressure on everyone having to meet specific targets within a budget.
  3. "one big revolving door" this is Prison today

    Of course they will keep coming back. We are largely created by our environment. Crime is an environmental and cultural issue. Bang someone up, then place them back in the same environment and they will do the same things. It is not rocket science. The US prison service is privatised, would you like to buy some share in it? Conflict of interest anyone? We also have several privately run prisons...God help us.
  4. What do you think of this?

    I've seen some of Danny Shines stuff before and he seems like a decent bloke, very considerate and ethically driven, unlike his old counterpart Charlie Veitch who although produced some thought provoking stuff, was a victim of his own over inflated ego. I can't see anything wrong with what he is saying, it seems to make perfect sense, and in fact it could be argued this is probably the most peaceful way the electorate can try to effectively be part of, and effect change within their(well it's not really) democratic society. Some of the more credible, less lobbied, early presidents of America positively encouraged the governed to constantly challenge government to keep them in check and keep tyranny at bay. Yes, we have a voting system, but it's a joke, no more than a circus to keep the electorate hopeful and knuckling down. One of the many problems we have as a society is poor communication, especially between the public and the police and I think this kind of interaction should be positively encouraged wherever possible. Personally I think it's very important for us to be aware(locally, nationally and globally) of our role within society, the effects of our actions and the bigger picture of what drives society itself, who really benefits and who pays the price. How many wars would have happened if every soldier had a full understanding of the implications of their actions and what the REAL motives were, be it aristocracy, monarchs or tyrants flexing their muscles to fuel their ego's and wealth or a financial free market protecting its investments and control of resources? To create a better environment locally or globally, it may pay dividends for everyone to challenge their beliefs, no matter how uncomfortable it may make us feel. Our Western society is built on a very morally distorted foundation, so this will inevitably lead to many ethical oxymoron's such as the one in the video.
  5. Hello, my name's Pete.

    Thanks Stripe, I'm not getting notifications for new posts for some reason, will have to take a look at that. I totally agree, I think there is fault on both sides. When there is a lack of information, all too often the void can be filled with a narrative to suit the persons own perception and to then influence others. The 'Freeman of the land' thread brought me here and I find the bias on both sides interesting...don't worry I'm not a Freeman on the land, I own a small business. I may comment on the thread or just start my own, it can be difficult to talk without bias and we all too easily take it personally to protect our own ego/perception. But I believe in order to repair damage and make true connection we must first overcome this barrier. I hope that makes sense? Cheers, Pete.
  6. Hello, my name's Pete.

    Thanks for the welcome Bart.
  7. Hello, my name's Pete.

    Hi, just joined as I'm fascinated by society, how we integrate, how we manipulate, how we control and what generally forms our opinions and perspectives. There is an undeniable divide between the police and the public and I believe one of the many problems is honest and open communication. I'm hoping to learn lots from you ladies and gents. Cheers, Pete.