The knock on the door

This can’t possibly go wrong:

A shadowy figure lurking in the garden in the early hours. A rattle on a window latch. It must be a burglar. But don’t panic too soon and call the police. That could be them outside. Officers have begun testing windows and doors at night as part of a campaign to increase home security. If they find one open, they are under orders to knock on the door and drag sleepy residents from their beds and lecture them.

Therein lies the difference between a Communist state, a Nazi State and a Nanny Fascist one. In both cases, the hapless citizen is dragged from his bed by the police in the middle of the night. But at least in today’s Britain, the citizen is only subject to a stern lecture. For now, anyhow.