Was this in the Magna Carta?

Ok.  Perhaps this statement is a few weeks old and perhaps it has since been over ruled, but the disease that brought it to the surface remains:

Police threaten to search shopping trolleys to check you’re only buying essentials

The police may start checking shopping trolleys to make sure people are only buying essentials amid the Covid-19 lockdown, one police chief has threatened.

Chief Constable Nick Adderley, of Northamptonshire Police, said his force is only ‘a few days away’ from introducing the extreme measures. Other enforcement action being considered are roadblocks to stop people travelling and flouting coronavirus regulations, he said.

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26 Responses to Was this in the Magna Carta?

  1. miltonf

    Punishment by the establishment for supporting Brexit.

  2. miltonf

    I’m sure that foul old codger Attenburger would approve.

  3. 2dogs

    If the supermarket is selling contraband in the first place, why do the police not arrest the manager?

  4. An easier way would be for the police to confiscate all non-essential items from every supermarket/corner store and then move on to the wholesalers/distributors. Much more efficient.

  5. Mind you, we’re not that far from stupidity. The morning news stated that in NSW churches and mosques will soon be allowed to have up to 50 people attend, yet from Monday, certain pokiew venues will be able to host 500 people:

    NSW clubs could welcome crowds of more than 500 people in certain venues from Monday, with the industry boasting it “heavily influenced” state government decision-making.

    Money talks.

  6. lotocoti

    Meanwhile, Partick supporters remain unaffected by the ban on indoor plumbing.

  7. Nob

    yes, it was ridiculous and the public backlash, and Boris stepping in, forced an apology.
    No. 10 hits back at heavy-handed cops

    But it just shows you how easily we fall into a police state.

  8. Roger

    If the supermarket is selling contraband in the first place, why do the police not arrest the manager?

    Why be satisfied with just one arrest when they could harass tens of thousands.

  9. tgs

    Just goes to show what happens when you allow petty, vindictive people the authority to interfere in others’ lives (even for supposedly good reasons).

    Pathetic.

  10. flyingduk

    It has been chilling to see how quickly the hoards of minor drones have grabbed the reins of their newly granted powers: the ‘greeter’ at my local bunnings shifted seamlessly from awkwardly welcoming me, to hissing, instead, if i ducked under the tape of the (empty) crowd control maze, or passed too close to the customer in front. What was the quote? ” the only thing that people need to commit atrocities, is permission’? Its easy to see where the concentration camp guards came from.

  11. Bruce

    This Chinese Lung Rot thing is just the latest in a seemingly-endless string of “crazy times” events. Standby for the return of “Climate Change” later this year. Same political goals, different justifications. As always.

    As one would expect, there are the usual; “artistes” fronting up for anything-but-discreet charity work.

    This morning, I spotted one on a “news” service. Dressed in the mandatory black, as worn by all the most concerned artistes, his T-shirt read “Welfare before Wealth” or some-such.

    Notwithstanding there can be NO “welfare”, especially of the government kind, without there being some wealth, somewhere, that can be pillaged at gunpoint by said government. This is usually accompanied by significant “spillage”.

    Maybe the new “slogan” of the “concerned” could be a more honest demand:

    Pillage with Spillage”.

  12. Leo G

    Police threaten to search shopping trolleys to check you’re only buying essentials

    Accordingly, the essential ingredients of bread- bottled water, wheat flour and oil- are OK but a loaf of bread constitutes an offence.

  13. Hay Stockard

    Don’t give Mike Fuller and his mob any ideas.

  14. Stanley

    Is chocolate an essential?

  15. cuckoo

    Standby for the return of “Climate Change” later this year.

    The Royal Commission into bushfires has already made a start on that. And it has also determined that 450 people died of smoke inhalation on the basis of zero clinical evidence, but rather statistical jiggery-pokery.

  16. The BigBlueCat

    bemused
    #3466960, posted on May 29, 2020 at 7:28 am
    Mind you, we’re not that far from stupidity. The morning news stated that in NSW churches and mosques will soon be allowed to have up to 50 people attend, yet from Monday, certain pokiew venues will be able to host 500 people:

    NSW clubs could welcome crowds of more than 500 people in certain venues from Monday, with the industry boasting it “heavily influenced” state government decision-making.

    Money talks.

    Indeed, money does talk – very loudly. But how irresponsible of the NSW clubs to push for this given the remaining risk of community transmission of COVID-19. Will they be taking down names and addresses (a requirement for churches and mosques as I understand it)? This whole COVID-19 thing has exposed the Emporer (the government) has no clothes (intelligence), but what it has also shown is that faced with an “existential threat” (was it really) then the people become very compliant. No wonder Lenin, Stalin, Hitler et al were so “successful”.

  17. Annie

    Why one shouldn’t pick up so-called non-essentials while shopping for essentials in a supermarket is unexplained. Those police actions were ridiculous…how easily a few bossy boots can rule the roost is horrifying. Not to mention the dobbers…it demonstrates how quickly a police state can come about.

  18. Bruce

    Essential reading, including comments:

    https://www.samizdata.net/2020/05/the-states-lament-a-substantial-number-of-people-still-do-not-feel-sufficiently-personally-threatened/#comments

    Another random “wind” may blow this window closed, or wide open.

    Situational awareness may just save your life.

  19. Annie

    Stanley @ 1016 29th May:

    Is chocolate an essential?

    Yes.

  20. John A

    Annie #3467083, posted on May 29, 2020, at 10:43 am

    Stanley @ 1016 29th May:

    Is chocolate an essential?

    Yes.

    Of course – basic food group, along with Cheese and Bacon, right? 🙂

  21. Mr Bunny

    Never has there been a greater disconnect whereby the law allows business to open, operate and sell goods and services, and invite consumers into the business, but attempts to prohibit the purchase of those goods and services.

  22. rickw

    Clueless that they Police by consent.

    They’ll bitch and moan about the unfairness when the public puts them up against the wall and shoots them, or more likely stones them given Britain’s demographic shift.

  23. Professor Fred Lenin

    We have to get cars back on the road ,the loss of speeding fines is hurting the government , poker machines and casinos are also essential services, people must be allowed out to buy lotto tickets and get drunk so we can fine them , this Barnier Wuhan virus has affected revenue something shocking
    Wouldnt it be terrible if governments had to cut spending throygh lack of revenue ?
    Victoria would be ok its Chinese owned .

  24. Squirrel

    Flyingduk at 8.38am sums it up beautifully – like a scene from a Strayan remake of Cabaret.

    At the height of the panic, I was thrilled to discover that I had (entirely inadvertently, of course) scanned three packets of bikkies through the self-serve checkout (limit at the time was two packets) without being tasered and publicly shamed.

  25. Robber Baron

    The sooner the government micro-chip us and make us eat soylent green the better. I’m bored with the COVID prelude. I’m ready for the new green deal life of squalor.

  26. John snowy Bowyer

    The BigBlueCat The pokies venue always have all your details. They take usually your driving licence i.e. photo name, address and age. They also pay lots of money to the State government and they will need all they can get now.
    Are am preparing myself to give a very savage but well deserved serve to any checkout chick that tell me what to do. Sick of the coppers but especially sick of the current serving politicians. We need to replace every one of them as they come up for election. I have told my resident idiots this on fb where one dimwit had a survey at how the virus had affected me. Answer not at all but politicians had ruined my life!

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