The first and foremost duty of a government is to protect the security and well being of its people, in the face of threats from criminals at home and threats from abroad.
There were nine basic principles of civil policing introduced in the UK by Sir Robert Peel when founding the Metropolitan Police in 1829. These principles insisted that the police did not oppress the people, but policed with the consent of the people, a totally different principle from policing on the continent of Europe, where the police were the militia, principally designed to keep the people in check.
Principle 7 of Sir Robert’s 9 principles stated:
“Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition
that the police are the public and the public are the police,
the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention
to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence”.
This begs the question, therefore, that if the government and the police are unable or unwilling to discharge their duties to protect life and property, bestowed upon them by the people, the people have the right to uphold the LAW themselves, not to become vigilantes, by as is inaccurately described as “taking the law into their own hands”, but by ACTUALLY taking the law into their on hands, by taking on the duties which were delegated to paid members of the public to carry out, i.e. the police, but where such paid members have signally failed to carry out their duties to protect the people.
Such action would have to be proportionate and reasonable, just as when protecting oneself from a burglar in one’s home.
The government has the option of doing what its predecessor did during the General Strike of 1926, when it swore in large numbers of the public as Special Constables.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has blamed the "broken penal system" for the riots that erupted across England last month.
Writing in the Guardian, he said the "hardcore" of those involved were known criminals whose behaviour had not been changed by previous punishments.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14797602http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14797602