In a curious parallel (that is almost certainly not related in any way, shape or form) to the decline of the police caring in the slightest about what happens to people and their property, there has been an astounding increase in the number of potential transgressions that the average citizen can, well, transgress.
It seems inconceivable that a society that survived and thrived on a handful of laws that progressed to a couple of hundred and then maybe a couple of thousand, should, in the space of about a decade, suddenly require over 10,000 new rules, laws and regulations, including over 3,000 new ways of becoming a criminal.
It’s now perfectly possible for someone to get out of bed, go to work as usual, come home, cook for the kids, watch telly and go to bed, only to find they have actually broken several Byzantinely complex and most important, badly-drafted, badly-thought-through laws. The kind of laws that will keep lawyers in beer for decades to come.
Given that politicians want to be seen to be “getting things done”, they will of course require the police to vigorously enforces these opaque, pointless laws to show how well they’re working. Because they’re so opaque, it’s relatively easy for the police to get the equally politicised CPS to prosecute, and soon it’s trebles all round.
And the rest of tear our hair out as our cars and homes are burgled, we are mugged and scumbags rule the streets.