Victoria, State of Disgrace

Victoria, State of Disgrace, by Jane Doe.

A colleague once edited one of Melbourne’s papers and editorialised about deficiencies in the way Victoria Police was going about its business. The details of his particular gripe aren’t important. It was 20 years ago and scandals big and small have come and gone since then. What is vital to consider is what happened as a result of his crusading: there was often a policeman with a Breathalyzer waiting at his driveway. Quadrant Online readers will perhaps understand why this essay’s call for a royal commission into Victoria Police is appearing under a made-up name. …

A long list of policing travesties follows.

I could go on, but you get the idea — minus, that is, the greatest violation of public trust Victoria Police have yet demonstrated: siding with thugs intent on destroying the right to free speech.

As has been widely reported, Victoria Police now work on the presumption that, if a visiting speaker annoys the rowdy Left, that visitor should be made to pay for the privilege of speaking. The promoters of Milo Yiannopolous’ January tour were obliged to pay $50,000 for the police who turned out to protect his audience from the SMS-a-mob summoned via social media to harass, abuse and spit upon paying guests.

To their shame, the mainstream media ignored this outrageous imposition. If Milo had been a blue-haired radical lesbian denouncing patriarchal oppression, would the organisers of such an event have been saddled with extra costs? Would the Age and ABC have decided there was nothing in those police charges that warranted reporting and commentary? Doubtful.

Victoria Police must have thought it a neat way to silence people its political masters in Spring Street’s Labor government don’t like, so now they are pulling the same stunt once more with visiting speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, who also just happen to be on the right. …

In charging the promoters of Yiannopoulos, Southern and Molyneux, Victoria Police are in effect siding with the anarchists and thugs. How can that be denied?

The left is guilty of blaming the victim.

hat-tip Stephen Neil