Policemen on the run. Who could have envisaged such a concept? That police officers in Britain’s second city would be constrained to travel to and from work out of uniform – effectually in disguise – in fear of their lives. That they would be obliged to turn their police stations into fortresses, besieged by the threat of terrorism.
Yet that is the situation in Birmingham today. West Midlands Police have gone undercover, not to track down criminals but to ensure their own safety. Yet these are our supposed protectors, the guardians of law and order. Could anything illustrate more dramatically the humiliation of Britain than this inversion of the natural order of things? First British soldiers, now the police – the forces of the Crown are living like outlaws in the country they are meant to defend.