The proposals as reported on today’s BBC about plans to hand over large chunks of the responsibilities of our UK police services to private enterprise is a disgrace.

In the past week we have had evidence of how a small part of the police has been corrupted by News International. Private enterprise in policing would be self serving, prone to infiltration by thugs and crooks.

Our own services are not perfect but they would be far worse where ROI and EBITDA replace our feeling of safety and security. The fact that the current plans talk about patrolling investigating and detaining whilst conveniently and flawed operationally missing the link of arresting shows that these are not fringe or admin support services but very much front line public fronting tasks.

The plans should be stopped, now.