For the last week, Stockholm has been lit up by what the great Australian wag Tim Blair calls the nightly car-b-q, started by “youths” after the police shooting of (you’ll never guess!) a Muslim man waving a machete. John Hinderaker notes that the authorities are taking a somewhat insouciant attitude to their blazing metropolis:
But while the Stockholm riots keep spreading and intensifying, Swedish police have adopted a tactic of non-interference. ”Our ambition is really to do as little as possible,” Stockholm Chief of Police Mats Löfving explained to the Swedish newspaper Expressen on Tuesday.
I assumed something had got a little lost in translation there. But no:
Vårt mål är att egentligen att göra så lite som möjligt…
“Our goal is really to do as little as possible.” Chief Löfving’s media relations officer, Lars Byström, elaborates:
We go to the crime scenes, but when we get there we stand and wait.
That’s not strictly true. They are handing out parking tickets to the burnt-out cars. Seriously.
Meanwhile, in Britain, the constabulary of a nation where men are hacked to death on the street in broad daylight are arresting tweeters who tweet insufficiently culturally sensitive tweets about the unfortunate incident — and sending three coppers to warn an 86-year-old lady that the cheese wheel she makes for the annual cheese-rolling competition is a threat to public safety.
This is how it’ll go. As Western governments lose their ability to impact anything that matters, they’ll become ever more coercive about all the little stuff. Heaven help the first granny who takes down a machete-wielding jihadist with an oversized cheese wheel.