This is a bit of a rant and I stress that I'm not talking about the individual copper on the beat. I grew up respecting the Police but I now find myself feeling somewhat intimidated by them. I have been stopped twice over the last two weekends by Police VCPs and a few weeks back I was searched under the Anti Terrorist provisions. This may not sound much but I'm really becoming fed up. It's depressing to travel to work and see loads tooled up Coppers just waiting pounce. The attitude of these coppers is generally aggressive and if Squaddies behaved in the same manner, we would be gripped. I accept that living in London requires more Policing, especially after the bombs, but I am becoming concerned about the level and style. I think the Police are in danger of alienating the majority of people because everyone is treated as a criminal. I don't want to live in a country where you can't avoid having your details taken just for being there. I don't want to live in a police state but things are definately sliding in that direction. I suspect that fact that I am a white male has a lot to do with it, helps improve the Race figures for the Home Office. Speaking to some mates last night and they all agreed that things are bad. One observed that we are now getting to the stage where, even if you are law abiding, sooner or later you will be arrested. He made the interesting point that our society is running the risk that being arrested may no longer be a taboo or embarrasing, it will merely be a part of life. I think it is dangerous to criminalise sections of the community who would ordinarily be law abiding. For example:- Speed cameras everywhere so that picking up a speeding fine is inevitable, a moments loss of concentration and you're done. Many people no longer consider speeding an offence and the enforcement of the law merely a hidden tax. Also concerning is the attitude of some senior Police, especially the head of the Met who was astonished that anyone would be so cheeky as to suggest the shooting of the Brazilian on the Tube should be investigated. Reports in the press today that the coppers that fired the shots won't even be charged - WTF???? They would if they were squaddies. I wonder what Tpr Williams and Sgt Roberts tank crew think about that ! I also find it ironic that this government is perhaps the most illiberal and repressive government we have ever had. - We live in a world where expressing an opinion that differs from the ruling elite results in a visit from the Police ( i.e. the Christian couple that said they didn't support homosexual civil partnerships who were grilled by the Police for 80 mins). - We live in a world where just driving through central London will result in your details being recorded, racially profiled and faceless bureaucrats recording and manipulating those details for political propaganda purposes. What's the next step? will we be stopped in the street and swabbed for DNA? Perhaps it would be easier for everyone to have a number tattooed on their arm. I think this Government is becoming more and more like the Nazis everyday and they are misusing the Police. So, a bit of a rant, but would be interested in gaining opinions, especially from those who are in the Police.