The argument trotted out by the supporters of the British model is that the British police are unique in the world because of its origin in British history, that they exist because of the 'will of the people', that they are the 'best in the world', that this is shown by the affection that the people have for them and that this is seen in the absence of weapons.
Now that we have had time to examine the Winsor recommendations in more detail it has become abundantly clear that Tom Winsor was always working to the Prime Minister's own agenda... one thing is abundantly clear; police reform has never been for fiscal reasons. It has been for ideological reasons. The government and indeed their 'independent' agent have been lying to us. David Cameron clearly stipulated back in 2006 that we needed reforming for reform's sake and now he has conned the police service and the public by masking his reform package and selling them as independent recommendations.
The heat of the summer riots has well and truly subsided and as winter has settled in it has allowed for some time of cool reflection from various quarters. This week alone we've had two important reviews of the policing response both from the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).