- - Monday, June 8, 2020

The calls I see in the U.S. media to “defund the police” gravely concern me, so I would like to send some advice back across the pond to my American cousins. Here in the U.K. we have already defunded the police. Numbers of police officers have dropped 20,000 since the start of the 2008 financial crsis — and the end result has not been freedom but a justice system that is falling apart and cannot cope. Violent crime has gone up by a third in the past decade.

When you abolish the police you do not get peaceful, democratic communities. Instead, you abandon a public to exploitation by local despots. Another example of what will happen in the U.S. has already occurred in Britain: the notorious case of the so-called “Comrade Delta,” a senior figure in the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP). Comrade Delta had perpetrated sexual assaults against several women in his party. The women were pressured not to report their ordeals to the “capitalist” police and courts but to instead refer themselves to an SWP “disputes committee,” which promptly organized a cover-up to protect the revolutionary party’s reputation.

Thousands of lives are already endangered by the insanity of these coronavirus super-spreader protests. I urge Americans to take a step back from the brink, learn from our mistakes and not compound the damage.


Lancashire, United Kingdom

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