Well: duh. The last thing drunken fuckwits are going to do is be violent rationally. The same ACPO official said that CCTV is still useful in car parks and so forth. He was, in other words, finally admitting that which has long been obvious to everyone with a pulse: CCTV is only a deterrent when it is targeted. Various idiot politicians have taken this reality and extended it, in an authoritarian, nosey wet dream, to all places, everywhere, all the time. It won’t work that way: like all things, it is not a panacea.
Perhaps we should print cards emblazoned with “X is not a panacea”, and distribute them to all government officials. Like a flashcard. A cheat-sheet. They could be kept in wallets and handbags, to be pulled out and referred to liberally throughout the day.
I think it’s worth a try: it may at least hold us over until we can vote the lot of them out of office.