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  1. 08:10 pm, Sunday evening, here.
  2. You must have read my mind ... I'm absolutely gobsmacked that the orange idiot would tweet that and that you guys actually give it a forum for discussion. The mind boggles.
  3. I doubt that she could qualify as a meter maid over here.
  4. Your friend is correct. Everyone is covered by the NHS. You can't buy "better" health care because this is no better health care. You can however take out private health insurance and use that for more comfortable room arrangements, potted plants etc. You can also reduce the time to wait for routine or non urgent care. Often the doctor or surgeon that treats you will also be working for the NHS (this is something that I'd like to see stopped). It should be noted that the private hospitals and insurance companies do not have their own emergency ambulance service. If you step of your plane at Heathrow, clutching your heart and the floor comes up at you, the next thing (if any) that you will probably recall is waking up in an I.C.U.with wires and tubes sticking in, and coming out, of you and machines going beep - beep ... You will be in an NHS facility and it will be the NHS ambulance service and NHS doctors and medical staff that have saved your life. NOW your private insurance comes into play, if you choose to invoke it, you can be wheeled of to a private hospital and recover in a single ward with your own TV and possibly a better food menu. Private health care is big business over here but I am guessing 95% of it is supplied by the employers as it is a very common perk in business and industry. However, this does not mean that you are exempt from your NHI payments, you will pay them whether you use them or not.
  5. "Foggy Bottom?" ... sounds like a village in the Yorkshire Dales.
  6. Thunderbolt and lightning ...
  7. I think that the 'You can't electrocute a guy twice' effect also comes into it.
  8. There wouldn't be too many jobs that they would 'hand off" as, and here is probably where the real difference is, most criminals here are not armed, the traffic boys will handle anybody in that category. But sure, they don't take tasers to a gun fight.
  9. Six months too late, the guy has shredded any credence that he may have once had.
  10. The traffic boys would rightly be very offended to be likened to meter maids (parking meter guys have no real police powers), perhaps I should refer to them as ''mobile units', they are uniform police that are usually the first responders to any 999 call and probably the nearest unit in likeness to the guys that this tread is about, they are they guys who will chase down whoever, their job isn't by any means a soft one , so on this you are not on the right track. Most of our actual traffic regulation these days is handled by speed cameras. I have many police friends and with one exception, they all prefer not to carry guns and leave those to the heavy guys.
  11. Unfortunately I can't split up your post on this new format so my answer may appear out of kilter. Yes, there would be more armed police than are apparently evident. The Bobby with his truncheon would call for back up an receive it quickly, however, it should be noted that a copper will always try to do his duty as did PC Keith Palmer, who succumbed to his fatal stabbing when trying to arrest the terrorist on Westminster Bridge. I don't know if the armed villains are any more polite but I do think that when they are 'nabbed', they know it and if sensible they would go quietly.
  12. Yes, you have it pretty well nailed down except for #3. There certainly are more armed police than are obviously visible these days, however, the ones that you would see in uniform (and there are not enough of those today, but that's a gripe for a another day) will not be armed, nor will most of the Traffic police. The recent London Bridge terrorists were all dead within 8 minutes of the first call, taken out by the Firearms Unit. The terrorist that was neutralised after the Westminster Bridge attack was taken out by plain clothes cops (bodyguards) on duty in the Houses of Parliament, he would not have seen it coming, no time for a last shout of 'Allahu Akbar'.
  13. Each Constabulary has it's own 'Firearms Unit' we don't call them 'SWAT' or whatever. However, some uniform and many CID (plain cloths) are trained in arms use and can be 'tooled up' at the police station. Going back we used to have a 'Flying Squad' known as 'The Sweeny' (Sweeny Todd ), I was pally with a couple of them, they were always concealed 'tooled up'. They were, as were all the sweeny boys very hard, they were the ones that dealt with the violent criminals. I'm not sure what branch covers their activity today, but the will be one and you wouldn't want to meet a pair of them in a dark ally, if you were a heavy villain.
  14. There are 43 contabularies in the England and Wales and 8 Territorial constabularies in Scotland. The English and Welsh constabularies are overseen by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Audit Commission. The Scottish are overseen by the Scottish Parliament. Perhaps more importantly, is the police training and apprenticeship which is a 2 year training, before they become fully qualified. Obviously further training after that depending on which course they take - Uniform, CID, Traffic, Armed etc.etc. and then again for promotion with the force. A regular 'Bobby' or Traffic cop would never find himself in the situation that this thread is about because they would no have been armed. Any British police officer that is armed is extremely well trained in the application of and use of his weapon/s.