What about the military?
It’s a question that I’ve been asked a lot as the clampdown on an individual’s personal freedoms, including that of ‘free speech and expression’, increases in its scope and ferocity. Particularly as the enforcement is getting more proactive, if not more aggressive, towards the general population.
“What happens when they start going door to door”?
While I don’t think the UK police would, simply because they haven’t got the numbers. If the government doubled down and sent in law enforcement, local officials, and the military to go door to door, it does raise a few worries including:
“What would they be looking for?”
To be honest I haven’t a clue.
YET in the light of the current crisis (COVID), and the increasing clamp down on freedoms, free speech, and expression. They could be searching for what you have in house, what you are, what they think you are, and possibly arresting you for any dumbfk’ reason they can make up.
That type of ‘door to door’ is something which could trigger a popular resistance movement that may be limited to a bit of bite back, BUT has the potential to evolve into a full on non-conventional combat styled response.
BUT what about the military?
Personally, for me, there is NOTHING more abhorrent than a country’s military following a purely ‘politically driven’ set of orders and engaging in operations against its own population. That sort of thing can turn them from being regarded as heroes to villains in an instant. Let alone cause all sorts of conflicts within the ranks.
So would the military blindly follow orders?
OR simply refuse to deploy against the population?
While I would like to think they would refuse, I’ve a feeling that the officer class would try to ‘persuade them’ into action. After that it’s anyone’s game.
Do I think that might be worrying the politicians?
I would say so as even if they dragged every government or law enforcement swinging dick out to go door to door, there isn’t enough civilian bodies to do the job. Especially if the population then took up arms against their actions.
‘Arms against them’. I’m not talking firearms.
That is not the weapon of choice of the UK rioter.
FIRE is their weapon, perhaps melee weapons.
In the main all the unwashed masses will do is loot and wreck under the cover of public unrest.
So what’s causing this panic?
In this ever-changing world, where policy and law are being approved with little public consultation and on the fly. Today’s ‘permissible and individual rights’ are being swept aside by a politically driven agenda without the time proven checks and balances of our lawmakers.
Thus, you could find yourself ‘promoted’ onto a government watch list for some reason included on a long list of newly minted reasons, literally OVERNIGHT!
Meanwhile, the sheeple, naive, woke, and other limp wrists reading this may be thinking, “If you’ve nothing to hide why worry”?
Umm. Thank gawd for the prepper and survivalist movement who see through the B.S. of civilization, and its quaint facade of political correctness.
While the UK isn’t perfect by a long chalk, the prepper and survivalist movements here are VERY adaptable with little reliance on the tools of war the Americans hold so dear.
To that end, some of us have developed workarounds to the harder problems of survival which occasionally enter the ‘gray areas’ of legality. As such, a knock on the door occasionally makes for a few flinches.
While I find it unlikely that the UK military would be dragged into a political power play, or to enforce a government minister’s ill thought out plan (even if it is considered a National Security matter), it’s stupid to assume they would never be deployed in the case of a national unrest.
I’m not saying anything detrimental to them being deployed in a national emergency (loss of utilities, supply, or to assist the emergency services), as that is an entirely different issue. HOWEVER, I would be worried if they were tasked with an internment or security role “for the nation’s security”.
Would they allow themselves to become a political tool? Maybe.
However, I consider the armed forces on the streets in any law enforcement role would NOT GO DOWN WELL with many and create longer term problems in the form of discontentment towards authority than the original issue ever could.
(Especially with the prepper and survivalist movement)