They had a policeman on the radio yesterday, about new equipment for the cops.
He was talking about the new extensible baton for our cops. That’s right. The same one the rest of the world has had for fifty years, but this is Ireland, the land that proudly boasts an unarmed police force despite having — like all modern European countries — a substantial under-constituency of stupid aggressive savages.
Anyway, that wasn’t really what threw me. It wasn’t the fact that our police force is delighted to have a new and longer baton to batter thugs, when it should simply have guns to shoot the fuckers dead on the spot.
What really shook me was the moment when the police representative started talking about pepper sprays. Mace, I suppose or something similar. (Another piece of equipment that any modern police force should have, but this this is Ireland). It wasn’t the mention of Ireland that made me laugh. It was when he said that research showed the spray was safe for use against asthmatics.
Safe to use on asthmatics?
You know what, I really would like to see how that research was carried out. What did they do? Did they put an ad in all the papers? Wanted!! Asthma sufferers to get sprayed with potentially lethal poison to find out if you fucking collapse and die!! Good pay. Well, goodish, anyway, but not if you collapse and die. Terms and conditions apply. Thanks.