I’ve noticed two articles which have surfaced in recent days; firstly, a Guardian article concerning the outgoing chair of the Police Federation Steve White‘s comments on the presence of Freemasonry in the Police Force. According to White, said masons are blocking reform in the force. Secondly, there’s a growing rumour that the Tory government seeks to privatise elements of the police force, which has been expressed in a number of minor publications. I believe both these notions to be incredibly harmful to the police force, and I’m going to briefly set out why.
Whilst the original Guardian article is merely another example of liberals twisting a story to shill for minorities, it does indeed raise an interesting point; namely that freemasonry is a threat to the impartiality and effectiveness of the British Police Force. Those who enforce the law of the land must, absolutely and completely, have no conflicting interests, and it’s quite clear that being a mason would present such a conflict. Masons pledge always to protect fellow masons, come-what-may, thus a police officer who is also a freemason finds himself in a very conflicting position, should a fellow freemason warrant investigation for a crime.
There is evidence that this process has permitted high-profile individuals, both within and without the police force, to be effectively immune from investigation and prosecution. The famous phrase “friends in high places” comes to mind. It permits seemingly respectable members of high society, the McCann family for instance, to avoid due process in the wake of truly chilling crimes. It allows the rich and the powerful, the type of which Freemasonry is almost exclusively open to, to find immunity when the ordinary citizen would face due process for the same misdemeanour. In a society that aspires to be a meritocracy based on equality of opportunity, this is simply unacceptable.
Similarly, the presence of private capital in the law enforcement institutions is equally poisonous. There have been murmurs and whispers of late, to the effect that the current Tory government – itself infested with Freemasons – has intentions to privatise the police force, either partially or in full. This will undoubtedly be billed as a necessary cost-cutting measure, if it ever comes to pass, but the more likely motivation is rather more ideological i.e. the Tories’ unshakeable belief in free market economics.
The introduction of private capital into the law enforcement process would put the independence and impartiality of the police force in a highly perilous position. As we’ve already seen with aspects of NHS privatisation, and with past privatisations of the Mail Service, Prisons, the Railways and basic utilities, when a conflict arises between what’s right and what’s profitable, the latter inevitably emerges victorious. This is because there will always arise a situation whereby a conflict of interest exists between what’s right and what’s profitable. Putting the Police in the hands of those concerned with the latter will simply ensure that all of these conflicts are settled against public moral duty.
And who will lose out as a result of these inevitable victories for profit? Those without power, privilege or money, as usual. Whilst corruption undeniably exists at most levels of government, at least under state ownership this remains a crime, and a seldom practised one at that. Introducing private capital to the administration of the state, including the police force, effectively legalises this process, opening the door for mass corruption without recourse for the ordinary citizen. Is this a leftist view of capital? Unquestionably, but I stand by this assessment of the dangers involved with introducing private capital to matters of state.
More broadly, we can view the continued Freemason influence and the introduction of private capital in the context of Tory/New Labour neo-liberal theory. Since 1979, first with Thatcher, then Major, then Blair, Cameron and now May, Britain has been ruled by those with an un-moving belief in both neo-liberal economics, and the political class as a paternal structure guiding the uneducated masses through the complex, globalised world. Its these attitudes – the fetish for privatisation and the willingness to be steered by small cliques of secretive elites – that have destroyed this country, and given rise to the dire influences in institutions like the Police Force today. Through this neo-liberal approach, all the essential functions of a nation – water, electricity, mail, healthcare and so on – have been willingly delivered into the hands of profiteers, oftentimes foreign profiteers, whose only cause is capital growth, and whose last thought is the wellbeing of the citizen.