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It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it

Chorus of dissent after police stop carol singers in car park

Police have been criticised for disbanding an outdoor fundraising performance by carol singers in a quiet village.

Four patrol cars swooped on the socially-distanced “mini-concert” in Woodborough, Nottinghamshire, on Sunday.

The county is in Tier 3, where carol singing is allowed, and organisers said the event had followed coronavirus guidelines. However, officers said that about 40 people had gathered, making others feel “worried and unsafe”.

Anyone might feel worried and unsafe when confronted with this:

Five members of the Woodborough Songbirds were being pulled through the village on a 15m-long trailer decorated with fairy lights when officers arrived. They had planned to sing in six areas in a “Christmas tour”, raising money for the Nottingham Hospitals Charity.

Five “songbirds”. Only four patrol cars. Lesser men and women might have been daunted by that grim arithmetic, but not Nottinghamshire Police.

21 comments to It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it

  • APL

    “making others feel “worried and unsafe”.”

    It really is, the end of times.

  • Stories like this need to be trotted out the next time the police claim to be suffering from a lack of resources.

  • John Lewis

    The excellent Mark Steyn has a regular feature in his audio shows detailing the activities of the “Brit Wanker Copper of the Week” although it has been extended to include notable excesses in Australia and Canada.

    At least in this case the constabulary didn’t resort to handcuffs and tasers.

  • Schrodinger's Dog

    “Hello, police? I want to report that my house has been burgled.”

    “Sorry, sir. We don’t have the manpower to investigate that.”

    If the British police want the British public to hate them, they’re doing a truly excellent job.

  • Penseivat

    I assume the Constabulary will react in a similar manner the next time the caravan utilising nomadic travellers breach those guidelines, or the visitors to the local mosque?

  • John Lewis


    You missed the punchline….

    “A neighbour said the burglar wasn’t wearing a mask”.

    “We’re on our way”.

  • Paul Marks

    It just gets worse.

    And if Covid 19 vanished tomorrow – there would be the “Climate Change Emergency” to “justify” arbitrary government power in many Western lands (including the United States – after January 20th what is left of freedom may well come to an end).

    With hindsight (always 20/20 vision) it would have been better to leave this world in 1989 – with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and before the rise of Agenda 21 and the rest of the Collectivism-by-the-instalment.

    By the way, according the media and the internet (Wikipedia and so on), if you SUPPORT these Collectivist Plans (Agenda 21 – Agenda 2030, Sustainable Development, Inclusive Capitalism – the international Corporate State) they they are real – but if you OPPOSE them then they are just “Conspiracy Theories”. Double Think – which one can find as far back as Plato’s Republic (we will teach that the planets do not move, but for the purposes of navigation…..), although the term “Double Think” is from “1984” in 1948.

    Putin’s Russia, Winnie the Pooh’s China and “America” (or Amerika) under Puppet Biden as front man for the international “Woke” forces.

    Eurasia, East Asia, and Oceania – all as rotten as each other.

    “And Airstrip One?”

    Not much point in talking about Airstrip One.

  • SteveD

    How do those ‘police’ manage to look at themselves in the mirror every night?

  • Lemmi

    It was reported locally that there were 6 police officers stopping people crossing the border from Portsmouth to Fareham on the A27. I checked with our son, a policeman, who said it wasn’t true, they did havel patrols looking for drunk drivers but they were’t stopping anyone ‘crossing the border’. He said they had enough to do dealing with lorry drivers at the port. Whilst, no doubt, there are some cases of this you have to be careful about the reporting.

  • Allen

    Where did the counterculture go?
    Oh I forgot, they are in control.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    Just want to brag for a moment. I’ve been reading Samizdata so long that I can correctly guess which Samizdatista wrote the post by the title of the post alone. I’m correct about 50% of the time, which considering how many fairly regular writers there are is a pretty damn high hit rate, if I may say so myself. And yes – I was right about this one, too. Good post, Natalie.

  • James Strong

    The newspaper report will be forgotten soon.
    What is needed is letters to the Chief Constable, the Police and Crime Commissioner, the MP and more.
    And, ideally, a wiling candidate for the PCC elections who, if successful, will have the Chief Constable on the carpet as his first meeting.

  • Barry Sheridan

    If someone felt worried and unsafe then surely they could leave. Pathetic is not the word for this excuse, although I expect that like much of what is said today to justify the latest authoritarian outrage, it makes no sense.

  • Dr. Sok

    Demoralisation. Do not let it get to you.

  • BenDavid

    It snowed last night…!

    8:00 am – I made a snowman.
    8:10 – A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn’t make a snow woman.
    8:15 – So, I made a snow woman.
    8:17 – The feminist returned and complained about the snow woman’s voluptuous chest saying it objectified snow women everywhere.
    8:20 – The gay couple living nearby threw a hissy fit and moaned it could have been two snow men instead.
    8:22 – The transgender man..women…person asked why I didn’t just make one snow person with detachable parts. 8:25 – The vegans at the end of the lane complained about the carrot nose, as veggies are food and not to decorate snow figures with.
    8:28 – I was being called a racist because the snow couple is white. 8:31 – The middle eastern gent across the road demanded the snow woman be covered up .
    8:40 – The Police arrived saying someone had been offended. 8:42 – The feminist neighbor complained again that the broomstick of the snow woman needed to be removed because it depicted women in a domestic role.
    8:43 – The council equality officer arrived and threatened me with eviction.
    8:45 – TV news crew from CBS showed up. I was asked if I know the difference between snowmen and snow-women? I replied “Snowballs” and am now called a sexist.
    9:00 – I was on the News as a suspected terrorist, racist, homophobe sensibility offender, bent on stirring up trouble during difficult weather.
    9:10 – I was asked if I have any accomplices. My children were taken by social services.
    9:29 – Far left protesters, offended by everything, marched down the street demanding for me to be arrested.

    By noon I decided to just turn it into a drunk!

    Moral: There is no moral to this story. It is what we have become, all because of a few snowflakes.

  • They will be, by bloggers and Tweeters. Never, however, by journalists, councillors or MPs.

  • Rob

    Remember, of course, that a much larger but NHS choir was perfectly acceptable after the Queen’s Speech.

  • The Jannie

    Rob – you obviously don’t have the NHS on a sufficiently high pedestal: it’s the envy of the world, you know.

  • John Lewis


    Most of that I can laugh at but what happened at 08.40 is no laughing matter.

  • Stonyground

    They are saving lives.