One thing noticed on the radio communications were codes, also used in some of the U.K. TV shows. NAUTICAL LOG had no idea what these were and not being very interested anyway paid no attention. Then this morning a media reporter interviewed a Londoner who described those involved as "IC3 toughs". Intrigued by that term we did some research and being familiar with ships being classified we learned that in U.K. people are classified in 21st. Century "newspeak" reminiscent of the writings of George Orwell.
It seems the Police Services have solved the ethnic descriptions and classify the population by Identity Code (IC), and a numeric. NAUTICAL LOG is not going to publish this further. One can go to 'Wikipedia®' and under IC Codes read all about it. These Codes are also known as Phoenix Codes (PNC) and are apparently used in all U.K. law enforcement communications. And so we come back to our Londoner because IC3 means African/Afro-Caribbean person - why is NAUTICAL LOG rather disturbed this morning by all this?
The United Kingdom was supposed to be a multi-culture socialist society with a token monarchy. Has something gone wrong over there? Aren't these the same people who used to lecture us on Civil Rights in the United States and how to govern a multi-racial society? In addition to losing their outstanding Merchant Navy they seem to be now losing their country. Oh! perhaps that's why Eizabeth Windsor visited Ireland this year.
Please remember the 800 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia also unknown persons believed held ashore.