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April 22, 2007

Privatizing the police

There are quite a few government agencies that could be privatized (if they weren't going to be abolished), but one of the very last on the list would be the police.

Apparently, however, the Brits have begun privatizing (or in their case, "privatising") the police. According to the Sunday Times, the police now charge 105 pounds (roughly $200) to recover a stolen vehicle and investigate its theft. (via Fark) As an alternative, if the police find the vehicle, they'll tell you where it is and you can pick it up yourself. "That's free, sir."

Now, the government simply has to cut the taxes that are being paid to have the police do their job in the first place. Otherwise, Brits pay twice.

Remember the Beatles' song Taxman?