Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Shoot a Brazilian and win a prize

‘One of the senior officers in charge on the day Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police is to be promoted.

Commander Cressida Dick is to become a deputy assistant commissioner, the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) announced on Tuesday.’

I know! Why don't we shoot him in the face!

The best quote of the day on the promotion came from our beloved Mayor Ken Livingstone

"I am particularly pleased to note the appointment of two women to the position of deputy assistant commissioner which sends out a very powerful positive signal about the development of the Met as a modern police service."

The positive signal being that it’s OK to execute an innocent man and be promoted as long as you’re a woman?

I’m all for female empowerment but this seems a trifle excessive.

Obviously the members of the Metropolitan Police Authority are big fans of the principles set out in such scholarly works as Catch 22 and LA Confidential. As in, when faced with a really embarrassing fuck up give the bozo responsible a medal or promote them and pretend they did something really clever.

It’s a winner.

"I admire you as a policeman, particularly your adherence
to violence as a necessary adjunct to the job

Or maybe the MPA are Judge Dredd fans

Which is also more than possible.

‘Dredd is a law enforcement officer in a violent city of the future where uniformed Judges combine the powers of police, judiciary and government. Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence and even execute criminals on the spot.’

I can remember back to a time when the Dredd comic strip was a fantasy parody of fascism. It seems more like serious mainstream journalism today.

Which is kind of ironic, given that most serious mainstream journalism today reads like a fantasy parody of fascism.

I can also remember confusing Judge Dredd with Judge Dread, the chubby white reggae star who spent his entire career singing about how very big his willy was and who, to my knowledge, didn’t execute anybody as part of his act.

But I digress

All together now

Shave your beard if you're brown and you best salute the crown
Or they’ll do you like Brazillians and shoot your ass down

1 comment:

Daniel said...

Whatever happened to Judge Dread-Reggae star ? Spot on post BTW.