I agree with the last - lets face it, the Army dont get protected after pulling the trigger so what hope have the rozzers got?
Im of the mind theres more to it than just cost though. Partly its us (the people), not wanting to follow the US, and trying to cling to romantic notions of yesteryear.
But apart from that, theres an unwillingness from the govt. It might be Boris the Tory in power but he sure as hell aint no Conservative. Strong on Law and Order is what we need, and him and weasel Cummings and that mad Dick woman are simply against that.
IMO of course.
I 'm mindful of an old RN JSP-385 training video. Bloke on jetty with a pistol shoots at people on the flighdeck - his oppo walks towards him and the shooter passes him the gun and they both walk away separate directions- can you shoot at any of them?
Imagine that scenario in say Brixton.. a BLM protest - mobile phones filming for YouTube galore, report of knives so ARV/tazer authorized. 'Gangland' gestures galore - often by people safe in the knowledge officers are already on a back-foot with ROE. Next report in Daily Mail "Aspiring musician tazered after he was caught up in a BLM protest march".