And in the 'Guardian', devastating legal questions the police will find hard to answer:
There is no doubt that Hampshire police were put under significant pressure from Southampton hospital to effect the return of this child. Exactly what the hospital told the police regarding the imperatives of his return maybe revealed as time goes on, but they clearly interpreted their duty to act expeditiously as an enforcement arm of medical opinion. This is not their role.
Time pressures granted, the swift adoption of medical instructions and the setting in train of a series of actions, press releases and media comment placed the family in the position of wanted criminals, their faces and that of Ashya posted internationally for millions to see. The police are there to protect citizens and the easy transition to uncritical enforcers of other powerful interest groups is troubling.And it's producing strange bedfellows:
The doctors may indeed be right about the treatment, and Brett King has clashed with them before. He has spoken of arguing with them and being threatened with a protection order. These parents may be mistaken. Being mistaken is human, what appears utterly inhuman is the powerful combination of the medical system with its certain arrogance and the ridiculous siren–blazing police efforts. The police have defended themselves saying that a child’s life is in danger. Indeed it is, the child is terminally ill.
Lately the police have been heavily criticised for doing so little to protect children amid all the abuse scandals; here they have gone into overdrive. It would be OK if they too admitted some human frailty, but no: now extradition proceedings and expensive lawyers are involved.It's not often I can agree with Suzanne Moore. Is it?