When I joined all those years back I was sure that the UK Police should be unarmed. Now I can hear the cogs whirring. Ah, but now having been shot and had colleagues and friends lose their lives, you have now changed your mind! Actually no.
It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.
What are all those police officers and civil servants, involved in the Prevent Strategy meant to say to families when trying to persuade them to give the authorities information about their own children? You can trust us - your child will be treated as anyone else's? Their job just got harder - this sort of sentencing may well do a lot of harm and make us less safe.
Many communities that foreign fighters come from have a troubled relationship with the police and a mistrust of the government. In response to this there have also been a number of civil society-led hotlines to report prospective travellers without the need to involve law enforcement.
An unfortunate but perhaps inevitable consequence of the growing numbers of young British men travelling to Syria or Iraq to join ISIS is that the communities from which they hail will at best be scrutinised for answers, and at worst be blamed for playing a part in their radicalisation.
Western states, namely the US and the UK, have known for years that military aggression in the Middle East fuels anti-Western extremism, and that's exactly what they persist in doing. Until they address this, there will never be an end to this bloody ideological clash between 'Western imperialism' and 'Islamism'.
n the battle of good vs evil there needs to be balance. For every extremist-made comic there should be one purporting an adventurous alternative. Dilbert's gags about expense reports just won't cut it.
In the government's latest Orwellian measure, mothers and wives of "would-be jihadists" are being urged to report on their loved ones, avowedly to "prevent tragedies". It won't escape notice however, that despite protestations to the contrary, a message emanating from the police carries criminalising potential.
Whilst Boris may have appeased some of the electorate by attacking members of the Muslim community, he's definitely lost me as a voter and possibly thousands of others. Social services have enough on their plate without making them work out which brown person is a religious Muslim parent and which is a radicalised Muslim parent.
Following the sentencing of Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, for the killing of Lee Rigby in Woolwich, Professor