If you want to know the time …

Ask a policeman.

When I was a lad in England this was a popular song often played on the wireless. My father, a policeman, would tell me that it was evidence of the trust we placed in the men in blue. If I were lost or just wanted to know the time I could safely approach a policeman.

In fact the song was written by Edward William Rogers in 1888 and was a monster hit in the Music Halls of the day for Mr James Fawn. In runs through five verses and choruses of innuendo that the audience of the day would have latched onto in a flash.

The first chorus sets the scene …

If you want to know the time, ask a policeman.
The proper Greenwich time, ask a policeman.
Every member of the force has a watch and chain, of course,
How he got it, from what source? ask a policeman.

The police were drawn mostly from the working classes and paid a meagre salary how could they afford a watch and chain, expensive items in those days?

If you didn’t click the link above do try it now and if you’d like to learn more of the song’s history and see the full lyrics there is an excellent site <HERE>.

But those days are long gone. So much has changed. In those days you could ride a bike without a helmet, a deristricted sign meant that there was no speed limit, the police couldn’t stop you without a reason, there was freedom of movement, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the regard in which we hold the police. Christine Nixon, former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police did her bit by lying to the public about the role of African gangs in Melbourne’s crime statistics, topped off by going out to tea with her phone switched off as Victoria burnt one Black Saturday. Simon Overland, former Chief Commissioner, was in charge of the Purana Taskforce during the period that Nicola Gobbo, lawyer to the stars, was informing on her clients. Graham Ashton, former Chief Commissioner, has just been excoriated by a royal commission for suggesting that such outrageous behaviour passed “the pub test” because it was all in a good cause.

The present Chief Commissioner, Shane Patton, has shown himself excellently well qualified to run a Police State. His force managed to subdue and handcuff a pregnant woman in front of her children in her own home for a facebook post. I understand that she may be facing a 15 year jail term. Well serves her right, she should have organised a Black Lives Matter rally or a union protest both of which are exempt.

Mr Patton has resurrected or borrowed or invented the offence of outraging public decency. He should be careful with a hairstyle that does just that.

Welcome to China, have a nice day. It must be part of the Belt and Road agreement.

After dark …

Burglars in New South Wales should be quite safe from the police during the hours of darkness … but watch out for the vigilantes …

WHEN police scaled back their search for toddler Tyler Kennedy at nightfall on Friday, nearby residents refused to give up, turning out in droves to scour the thick bushland where he had disappeared.

With temperatures plunging to 6C, the community of Johns River, on the mid-north coast (of NSW), feared two-year-old Tyler could die of exposure …

Soon after the official search was scaled down at 5.30pm, more than 100 volunteers joined the only remaining police officer on the scene and the search was back on.

By 1.15am, a group of volunteers found Tyler in thick scrub  … , covered in scratches and bitterly cold, was reunited with his distraught mother Amanda Kennedy. “I was speechless when they said they had to call it off,” Ms Kennedy, 21, said. “My heart stopped and I walked away. I couldn’t handle it.

“We thought, ‘OK, we’ll call in our own search party and get everyone out there to find him’.”

A decent citizen …

A man who had been running a successful painting business, was killed by police on September 29 last year after a confrontation with two men in Castle Hill, NSW, during which he produced a loaded Glock pistol.

Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon said Mr El Kass, a skilled AFL player who competed at a first-grade level in Sydney after his family relocated from Melbourne, was “not a gangster” and his death raised “troubling questions”.

“This is undoubtably a tragedy … he was a decent citizen, who lived quietly without causing trouble,” he said.

I guess Mr El Kass and his loaded Glock pistol were just very misunderstood.

Reckless conduct endangering life …

Last Saturday on the Hume Highway police ordered private vehicles to stop, forming a blockade to halt a vehicle which had been pursued south. The chase had been abandoned presumably for safety reasons, in favour of helicopter surveillance.

Police have used the term “rolling roadblock” in discussing the decision. Since the cars were stationary this not an accurate description.

Mr Rendina said he was in his ute with his partner and two young children when the speeding car crashed into them in the emergency lane.

“Police have pulled out from the emergency lane and stopped all vehicles heading south,” Mr Rendina told ABC 774 on Tuesday.

He said he felt like a “sitting duck” as the speeding car approached and then hit his vehicle.

For a motorist to not stop would itself have been an offence. The question arises – Do the police have unlimited powers to stop a motorist going about their lawful business or must there be an issue of safety or suspicion of an offence having been committed by the driver or an occupant? Can they lawfully put a family’s lives at risk in order to apprehend someone else?

Mr. Rendina and his family were, luckily, not physically injured, but they have been frightened, inconvenienced and have suffered loss.

A 19-year-old man, believed to be a learner driver, has been charged with theft of a motor car, two counts of theft, four charges of reckless conduct endangering life and traffic offences.

It appears to me that he was not the only one who engaged in reckless conduct endangering life.

All quotes are from 9News.