As I type this, I am fully aware that not everyone will agree with the sentiment in this article. If, therefore, you are easily offended, subscribe to Liberty’s newsletter, or if you are an avid reader of The Guardian, then it might be best to not continue to read the words which I am about to type.
But, for everyone else, then I would like to make a suggestion in relation to how we could perhaps re-organise our wonderful society. I know that my recommendations will not actually ever materialise. And I am not saying that thats a bad thing. Instead, I would just like to ‘connect’ with like-minded people, through the medium of the written, or in this case, the typed, word.
Let me start by acknowledging and affirming that there are a breed of individuals out there, who actually pick a life of crime for no reason other than because they just want to be a ‘bad man’ (or woman). I am not talking about people who perhaps lead a criminal life-style because they suffer from a mental illness, or who are perhaps plagued by PTSD, from having, as an example, served their country in the armed forces.
Neither am I talking here, about individuals who have just made a bad decision along their journey in this life, but who have since learnt lessons from their mistakes, and who now want to rebuild their lives. When I was a teenager, I got nicked twice for fairly petty offences. And I learnt my lesson – the hard way.
Instead, I am referring to the career criminals, who choose the life they live, because they enjoy it, and because they cannot be arsed to actually do any good. Now, we know that these people do actually exist. I personally dealt with a number of them during my time in the Metropolitan Police (and mingled with them in my younger years).
And if you think that these sort of people do not exist, then you are, quite frankly, wrong. And again, being in denial about the existence of this sort of individual is not a bad thing, it perhaps just means that you have never actually come up against true wrong’uns. You are one of the lucky ones.
You might also just want to convince yourself that such people do not exist, because it allows you to continue to walk around with your head in the clouds, but in truth, these people do not only exist, but they exist in numbers far greater than perhaps you would ever expect.
Moving on, let us now ponder the Group of individuals who repeatedly abuse our emergency services and NHS.
I am not talking about the bloke who is angry because the Police caught him using his mobile, so uses the ‘f’ word, or the female who tells the Police to foxtrot oscar out of her house (despite the fact that she called them) because she has now decided that she “loves” her verbally abusive partner.
Instead, I am talking about the serial offenders who repeatedly attack and abuse our emergency services & NHS. Again, if you are still reading this, but you think that such people do not exist, then you have my word that they actually do, because I have had the ‘pleasure’ of dealing with such individuals.
Now that the introduction is complete, then this is where I would like to make my suggestion:
Why don’t we build an island, somewhere in the North Sea, and place the two groups of aforementioned personnel, onto this Island? I know that this has ‘already been done’, but I am not referring to individuals being placed on this fictional Island who have committed petty crimes, such as stealing chocolate bars from Asda’s, or talking badly of the Royal Family.
‘The Island’ would mean that the individuals who actually enjoy a life of crime, can live side-by-side amongst those who do not appreciate the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping complete strangers.
And if someone on ‘the island’ decides that, actually, they want to integrate with a decent society, then they get one chance, and are allowed back. If they revert to their nasty ways, then, you’ve guessed it, its back to ‘the island’.
The individuals living on ‘the island’ can still work if they want to. For example, those choosing to work, could be paid for carrying out tasks such as painting leaves green, or volunteering themselves for medical experiments, for the betterment of humanity.
Thinking about it, I also think that all those involved in the diabolical witch hunt, that recently targeted our brave men and women of the armed forces should also be given their own place on ‘the island’. They would then get to experience, first hand, just why the brave men and women of the armed forces deserve our credit and support.
Look, in summary, none of the above is actually going to happen. So if you happen to still be reading this, but are incensed by my thoughts, then fear not; decent members of society will still be putting up with the oxygen thieves for some time.
Really, this method of writing down my thoughts, has been quite therapeutic. Maybe its my own way, of processing and dealing with some of the horrendous things which I have seen, from serving both on the front line of the emergency services, as well as serving in the armed forces…
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whn i was younger i did alot of crime, i hurt people mentally and pysically, i neve steped back and thought what i was doing to people all i could think about was my self survival. i lived on the streets for many years and needed money for drink (my excuse) i always gave the services a hard time. i moved to jersey and found help with hedway because in my so called career i fell 40 foot of a roof and obliterated my head. i also met a beautiful woman who bared a little girl of mine, now my little girl has grown up and i now have a granddughter. anyway i gone way off subject, what im trying to say is you all stood by me and helped me no matter what i done. i am very angry with myself for the way i treated you all. i can say im sorry i know its not alot, i have gone straight now because of all the people who helped me, i will never be able to thank you but if i can stay straight i think its a reflection off what you do. 1 last thing i have been off the drink for 15 years now and i have a life andmy own roof over my head, as for spit hoods sew the mouth up put the spit hoods on then staple it. i am truly sorry for the things i done to you all, i love you guys and gals. i wish every single service person all the luck and good health and im even going to squeeze in a merry christmas. thankyou, steve sheldrake
Hi mate – thanks for commenting 😉 its great that you got things on track and I think your comments will mean something to many of our followers. Anyway, I hope you dont mind, but we have shared your comments on our main page 😉 Its rare that we get such heart-felt words from anyone who was once on the ‘other side’. take care bud