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Squanderers and Vandals

Quentin Letts, 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain (Constable, 2010), 288 pages, $15.95


 Quentin Letts is an angry British journalist with a good deal to be angry about. Take David Blunkett’s bright idea—Community Police Support Officers rather than regular police on the beat. When three girls attacked and robbed a fifty-five-year-old man, a couple of these new auxiliary policemen hid behind a tree until a fifty-nine-year-old woman came to the victim’s aid. When the woman in question complained, she received a reply from Commander Chris Bourlet: “It is clear … that the role performed by the CPSO’s … did not…

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