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Last night’s Endeavour on ITV was very enjoyable. It dealt with the danger of police and council official corruption and showed the dangers police officers face each day fighting corruption.

A whole tower block collapsed because corrupt council officials allowed a builder to use inferiod concrete.

The attempts to bribe police to overlook it went to an extreme length and ended in people getting shot.

I just love a police officer who fights corruption.

The later ‘Law and Order UK’ again dealt with the difficulty of prosecuting a drug smuggling drug dealer and get the evidence needed. A man made a girl believe that he loved her and made her swallow 70 condoms filled with drugs, which killed her when one of them burst.

There was however no direct hard evidence to link the drug dealer to the mule.

But then CPS was able to prosecute him for tax fraud as he laundered the money through the accounts of his dead wife and didn’t pay tax on millions of pounds of income. That only got him a 2 year sentence but it destroyed his way of life.

I have never gotten involved in anything to do with drugs and I would strongly encourage all my  readers to stay well clear of them. The film showed the danger young people are in when they get sucked in by exploiting drug dealers who make them believe that they are loved if they only carry the drugs in their stomach.

It is a nightmare for any parent to see teenage children getting involved with partners who do not have their best interest at heart but then also realising that the children themselves are no longer interest in seeking advice from the parent. It seems to be an emotional problem that is very hard to solve in today’s free society, whereby parents cannot force their growing teenagers to do more than attend compulsory school lessons.

A lot of the morals are shown in older productions, which unfortunately do not have current technology present and often include smoking and a lot of alcohol.


Don’t do to others

what you do not want done to yourself, is the simple moral out of yesterday’s ‘Law and Order UK’ storyline.

A gay police officer was shot by a drug dealer and bled to death within 4 minutes as a major arthery was hit. His colleague, who happened to hate gays, was prosecuted for not helping because he put out anti-gay leaflets.

If that had been the other way around, the jury still would have found the defendant police officer not guilty because it was a life and death window of only 4 minutes.

There were two reasons for that:

  • The accused police officer for not helping could not have been able to save the shot officer because he may not have had the medical knowlede to do so. If somebody bleeds out within 4 minutes that must have been an extremely severe injury.
  • There was still an armed criminal on the scene who could have shot the officer who was waiting for back-up, which was also late.

I have seen loads of films where officers were not helping because they are told to wait for back-up. They are told not to endanger themselves when an armed criminal is around.

What I find disappointing in this context is that the CPS took so much effort into prosecuting this case when there are a lot of other deserving cases around.

In the end any officer can find excuses not to help a fellow officer but that sets a bad example and all officers who do not help each other for some reason or another or in retaliation only put themselves and their whole force in jeopardy.

Because remember officers are there to uphold the law and if criminals get support by officers not helping each other then the whole job is made that little bit harder.

I can’t really compare this with real cases as the series is purely fictonal.

But why get so hung up over gay or not gay situations. Personally I could not care less what orientation a person is because if I do not have a relationship with a person, I really do not want to know about their bedroom habits. What counts is the job and the aim of the job and not who somebody fancies.

All in all very disappointing.

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