Do you wanna know what annoys me? Probably not. Anyway, heaps of things do.
As an over 65 year old, I have a duty to pick things which give me the irrits and whinge about them. It comes with the right to hiss at noisy children in supermarkets, the right to make unseemly noises in the back pew, the right to find fault with everyone younger than me and yearn for days gone by.
So, here is my latest. When I was in the Legislative Assembly, I looked into the doctrine of the separation of powers. You know… the difference between the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Executive.
Judicial officers, ie Magistrates and Judges are the Judiciary, and parliamentarians are the Legislature. The Executive are Ministers. Well, public servants come under the Executive as they are charged with doing the bidding of the government of the day. Not a hard thing to grasp, I would have thought.
Now, did you know that police officers are in fact, part of the Executive too? They are not part of the Judiciary. They answer to the Minister for Police in the same way as doctors in the public health system answer to the Minister for Health. They are not judge, jury and executioner. Or at least not supposed to be…
So where do they get off expressing opinions on anything? How would you feel if some run of the mill public servant was on telly being judgmental on stuff we are doing? Police officers are often found on TV saying “they are concerned at the road toll”; “they are not going to put up with violence in Civic on a Saturday night”. Etc, etc.
Police are there to do their best to protect the community and do an extremely good job and one we often undervalue. But they don’t do their case any good by pontificating on TV about the behaviour of our citizens. Any comment of this nature is for the Government should be through the responsible Minister.
I understand their frustration about seeing habitual crims released on bail, but it is not for them to voice that frustration. They are servants of the people, and they do not sit in judgment of the people, the judiciary does that.
Anyway, whinge over. I’ve been irritated by this for 40 years and I guess will continue for the next few.