Monday, 17 November 2014

Crazy Idea 9 - What if five million people volunteered to police our streets?

If we had an extra five million people volunteering to patrol our neighbourhoods, stand post outside known flash points, with power to intervene, would we all feel slightly safer?

What if that number was ten million?

There would be a cost: uniforms, training and probably other costs you can point out.

But there would also be a massive benefit. Communities set free from small groups or individuals who seem determined to destroy. Streets made safe to walk down. Shops able to reduce spending on security. I’m brainstorming here. If you had dozens of extra people standing guard and watch over your neighbourhoods, would that make a difference?

I’m assuming that such a scheme would require most of us to participate at some point.

I’ve worked with many groups and found for myself that my confidence has been boosted by the camaraderie, the training, the experience. Too many parts of our country are no-go areas. Why should there been any no-go areas?

The fact is that the economy cannot function or prosper when crime and disorder rule. Safer countries are prosperous countries.

But there is no need to employee extra police officers when we are perfectly able to train and act ourselves.

I know its a crazy idea, I mean, who wants to live in a safer country?

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Why should my crazy ideas have any relevance to the economy? I'm the author of The Great Scottish Land Grab, a novel that imagines a fairer future for Scotland where the poor are empowered to change their destiny. I'm director of my own limited company: Goal 31 Ltd and I've over seven years experience working for government and financial organisations. Also, just like you, I'm a taxpayer and for some crazy reason I think that entitles us to have an opinion and for that opinion to be acted on by the government.

As I wrote at the start, I am making my 100 crazy ideas freely available. It seems unjust to propose ideas to fix the economy and then prevent people from freely reading those ideas. 100 Crazy Ideas to Fix the Economy will be published once the craziness is complete.

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