A few weeks ago, I attended Norwich Pride. I was there to support my girlfriend. Much to my chagrin, she is very much in the progressive camp. As people gathered on Theatre Street for the start of the long march past Chapelfield Gardens, I noticed something. It wasn’t the sight of fired-up men (is that offensive?) in leather gimp suits or the non-binary dildo-adorned masses chanting “trans rights are human rights” in unison. No, it was something far more ordinary. Among the many merchandise stalls lining the streets, I noticed few catering to homosexual people. Then it dawned on me. The trans-lobby has totally captured this once proud gay and lesbian festival.

This weekend it was Lincoln’s turn to host the event.

Footage was posted to social media showing a number of police officers dancing at the city’s Pride festival. For those wondering, it was the Macarena. 

I have spent a lot of my life in Lincoln. It is a lovely place. What makes the place is the people. Brutally honest with a sense of humour to match, they are genuine and straight to the point.

As evidenced by one individual who took to social media to slam the police’s actions: “What a joke Lincoln Police, please do the job you signed up for, show respect for the uniform you’re wearing, stop waving flags, blowing whistles. Engage with the community by solving problems and dealing with the priorities, not having a party.”

The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has fired back at his detractors, saying that he expected his officers to join in and dance. 

This would be Chris Haward. The same man who, when asked why he decided to light up his force’s headquarters in rainbow lights, said he wanted to provide a “very visible show of support” for LGBT+ history month in February.

Well, if there’s one thing we can’t criticise the police for, it’s showing enough support for transgender individuals. Our law enforcement is in thrall to identity politics. For a number of years now, cop cars have been seen patrolling the streets emblazoned in the LGBT flag. These ghastly looking “rainbow cars” are imprinted with a “police with pride” message across their doors. 

Any criticism and they soon show up. Just a few miles up the road in Humberside, one local resident had a non-crime hate incident recorded against him when he reposted a limerick on Twitter mocking transgender ideology. A policeman rang the man in question to tell him he needed to “check [his] thinking.” The man was Harry Miller. Applying some of that Lincolnshire grit, he was having none of it. The former policeman took the College of Policing to court, arguing that the NCHI guidance was unlawful. He won. Although NCHIs are now supposed to be scrapped, some 10,000 are still issued every year. 

Back in my home county of Norfolk, officers were given a handy guide listing 37 different genders to help them when dealing with the public. 

With so much time spent on virtue signalling or going after offensive tweets, less time is spent on serious crime. It is no wonder the public are getting frustrated with the police. Another Twitter user wrote: “If anyone in the Lincoln area has their house burgled and the police say they can’t send anyone due to lack of resources….Just remember this.”

They are right. Only 5 per cent of burglaries were solved last year, according to Home Office figures published in The Independent. In total, approximately 6 per cent of all crimes resulted in a charge, which equates to just one in 17, while just 1.3 percent of all rapes resulted in charges. For the record, it’s worth pointing out that, by contrast, when it comes to hate crimes, the conviction rate stands at roughly 85 per cent.

I have yet to find out if either of these Twitter users have had a non-crime hate incident (NCHI) recorded against them. Only time will tell. 

It’s been almost 200 years since Robert Peel set up what was to later become the modern British police force. He established a number of core ideas and principles to guide the police. Chief among them was the idea of policing by consent, meaning police officers must operate with both the trust and confidence of the general public. The police’s woke antics mean both are in short supply.