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When Fun Turns Evil

Posted in America, Britain, Child Discipline, Demonstration, England, Modern World, News, Parenting, Police, Teen Violence with tags , , , , on 31/08/2016 by floroy1942

Carnaval Notting HillIt seems people cannot go out and have a little fun these days without someone causing trouble. Last weekend was the Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate the Caribbean Culture in Britain, but as usual, somebody started causing trouble. Whenever there is a celebration or peaceful demonstration in Britain there is always someone who thinks it is an excuse to cause mayhem. What is wrong with these people?

Police Deal With An Incident

Police Deal With An Incident

During the Notting Hill celebrations 454 people were arrested on charges that included drug possession, carrying knives, assault, sexual offences and theft. During the Carnival  a 15-year-old boy was stabbed in Wornington Road on Sunday. His injuries were critical but are now non-life threatening. A 14-year-old boy was arrested. Three other males, aged 15 to 20, were also wounded in knife attacks on the opening day of the festival.

Medics were on hand to administer help to those who were injured or unwell from alcohol or drugs. Medical beds were even deployed at roadsides in some locations. Ambulance and first aid crews treated more than 1,000 people, mostly for alcohol-related injuries, 77 of whom needed to be hospitalized.

Arrest Of A Suspect

Arrest Of A Suspect

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said “A seemingly growing number of people appear intent on hijacking this Carnival and turning it into a Bank Holiday battleground. The Glastonbury music festival had 40 arrests this year. Notting Hill had 10 times that amount. The organisers need to understand that this event cannot carry on regardless. I think many Londoners will wonder whether the significant amount of taxpayers’ money spent policing this event is frankly worth it.”

The carnival, founded in 1966 by West Indian immigrants following the Notting Hill race riots of 1958, frequently has involved clashes with police. Many local businesses have closed during the event since 1977, when police stormed the carnival amid looting of shops. The 2008 festivities ended in a street riot. Last year, police arrested 407 people, a record for an event where knifing’s committed by youth gangs have become a troubling trend.

In my view these same troublemakers are responsible for hi-jacking very many public events and demonstrations. I believe they are out to deliberately cause trouble, and use such gatherings as an excuse ‘to have a go’ at people and the police every time there is a gathering. This sort of thing is a cancer in Britain and it is spreading.

The Press On The G20 Riots

The Press On The G20 Riots

The country has had so many of these incidents over the past ten years, like the G20 riots in June 2010. There is without doubt a minority of youth in Britain who are looking for any excuse to cause trouble because it makes them feel good. Burning cars and buildings, attacking the police, and not forgetting looting shops.

G20 Destruction

G20 Destruction

Part of the problem is that the police always get blamed for ‘heavy handedness’  when they try to stop these attacks. It has been proven that police are provoked and when they hit back they are recorded on video camera’s or phones which is then distributed on the internet. During the G20 riots this happened in several cases, in particular with a teenage girl who deliberately baited a policeman until he smacked her across the face. She continued to bait him and eventually he hit her with his truncheon on the leg. The video went viral and the officer was suspended, all through no fault of his own.

Good Parent?

Good Parent?

Its for sure that things will never change now in Britain and the problem may get steadily worse For it is a fact that many children from poorer families in the U.K. are allowed to do as they please by their parents, because they cannot be bothered to control them and bring them up properly.

I am not saying that Britain is the only place where such things happen, but it does occur there far more than in other countries. You only have to look at the riots that took place during the last European Football Challenge to see how it is spreading.

Football In The Street

Football In The Street

It is very different from when I was a child, when people had respect for each other and children were brought up properly. We have entered an age where ‘anything goes’ and you can do what the hell you like. If you get caught, so what, you will probably only get a warning from the judge not to do it again and you will be free to carry on.

This is not what life is supposed to be about.

Roy.

Met Police Exonerated in ‘Kettling’ Case

Posted in Britain, Demonstration, England, Justice, Police, Police Complaints, Riot, Teen Violence, UK with tags , , , on 20/01/2012 by floroy1942

Much has been said and written about the Metropolitan Police (Met) tactic of ‘kettling’ protesters when a demonstration turns violent as with the G20 protests in 2009. ‘Kettling’, i.e. the containment or corralling of protesters into a small area during violent demonstration used by the ‘Met’ on several occasions, has proved  to be very effective.

Well Done Lads!

It has however resulted in a storm of protest in itself which resulted in a High Court ruling in April 2011 that stated the police went too far and was labelled “unjustified force”. Thankfully this ruling has now been overturned in an appeal by the Met. It’s good to know there are some level-headed people in the Justice System.

Lord Neuberger

Appeal Judge Lord Neuberger ruled that kettling “was justifiable on the ground that containment was the least drastic way of preventing what the police officer responsible for the decision reasonably apprehended would otherwise be imminent and serious breaches of the peace”, adding: “there was no valid basis for concluding that [Met Chief Superintendent Michael] Johnson’s decision to contain the Climate Camp at 19.00 on 1 April 2009 was unlawful”.

As a law abiding citizen, I fully concur with this ruling, for surely it is better to have violent protesters bottled up in a side road than allow them to run rampage down the High Street causing havoc, as happened during the riots of last year. To me it is basic common sense that you do not want malcontents smashing shop windows, setting fire to cars and terrorizing the population in a huge swathe across the city. Rather that they be contained in a small area where they can do less harm and the damage is restricted to a small area.

When you consider the numbers involved in this sort of behaviour these days the police are usually stretched to the limit when trouble breaks out, last years riots are a prime example of this. The tactic of ‘kettling’ takes some of the pressure off the police, for when the movement of these people is severely restricted less police are required to contain them.

Why the Mask?

In my opinion, we should be grateful to the police for greatly restricting the freedom of these idiots bent on destruction, instead of constantly complaining about them. The police are in the front line against these agitators who want to destroy something because they themselves cannot have it, and they don’t care whose business, car, or home is destroyed in the process. 

I am well aware many people these days would rather cheer on the thugs, providing that is the incident is not taking place in their street! But how attitudes would change if it was their shop that got smashed or their car that went up in flames. Oh how fickle we are!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peaceful Protest?

It is a proven fact that most of the violent types who turn up at demonstrations have no interest in the original protesters agenda, but are there purely to ‘have a little fun’ at everyone else’s expense. To the violent fringe of todays’ youth the opportunity of smashing a few shop-fronts, setting fire to few cars and more importantly, having a go at the police, is like a holiday in the Caribbean. They love it!

Neither we, nor the police, can stop these maggots from oozing out of the woodwork every time there is a legitimate protest somewhere in the country, but we can ensure our police force has the necessary power to crack down hard on them when they do.

In conclusion may I add, that there is nothing wrong with peaceful protest. We have seen many in which a minimum of police presence is required and there is no violence committed by anyone. To those who wish to protest in this lawful manner I say, good luck, and may you be successful.

Roy.

Who ‘Nicked’ From the Police, and Which Police Were ‘Nicked’?

Posted in Britain, England, Police, Theft, UK with tags , , , , , , , on 03/01/2012 by floroy1942

Confused? All will be explained because I can imagine many international readers will be scratching their heads wondering what the post is all about. Well, let me clear that up right now: In England you could ‘nick’ (i.e. steal) something, in which case you get ‘nicked’ (i.e. arrested) by the police. Got it? Good, then let us continue.

Metropolitan Police London - World's First Police Force

Needless to say, this first post of the New Year has something to do with the British Police Force, those lads in blue who bravely step into the firing line whenever there is trouble, and of course dish out the odd speeding ticket or two, (or three). A news item today brought a smile to my face when I read that some daring people actually steal from the police. It seems nothing is too small or too big to be ‘nicked’ by the daring criminal.

Items that have been stolen include handcuffs (kinky sex tonight dear?), uniforms, speed guns (I guess someone got a ticket), dogs (how do you steal a trained police dog, and why!?!), riot shields, and even several patrol cars (oops!). Thieves have even helped themselves to warrant cards, bicycles (someone miss the last bus?), breathalyzers and even battering rams used to open locked doors (useful if the wife won’t let you in after a night out with the boys!).

No-one Ever 'Nicked' One Of These

It would seem from the report that theft has occurred in just about every police station in Britain at one time or another. As those in the know would expect, Manchester has the highest theft rate with not only patrol cars, but also a policeman’s private car being ‘nicked’ from the station. Referring to the Manchester thefts, a senior assistant chief officer, Lynne Potts said with a very stern face (its obvious ‘the brass’ are not happy) “it (the Force) took all such reports seriously and measures were in place to secure property, equipment and vehicles”.

Some of the more unusual items that have been ‘illegally relocated’ are a small fridge, a packet of crumpets (someone was hungry) and a fern plant in a plastic pot (brought you a present Gran!). However, the most serious, and one that caused the most anger among the constables was when someone stole the £48 tea money from Pontfract police station in Yorkshire. The officers at Pontefract have been without a cup of tea for two weeks now and are anxiously awaiting payday so they can buy more tea, sugar and milk.

Some of the more audacious thefts include six pints of semi-skimmed milk from Cambridgeshire Police HQ and a £1 cereal bowl and empty lunch box from Hucknell in Nottinghamshire.

Now - Budget Cuts!

As you can expect, many people are questioning how the police can give crime prevention advice to the public, yet have large amounts of stuff stolen from inside police stations. But who are the culprits? That is the question on everyone’s lips. Could it be the officers themselves?

Well, in some cases it could well be, for official figures have recently shown that at least 944 serving police officers across the country either had criminal records before joining, or got one after. The Metropolitan Police, a force of more than 34,000 police and community support officers said 356 officers and 41 support officers had convictions.

Among the crimes committed by policemen and women are; burglary as a teenager – stealing car number plates, putting them on another vehicle and obtaining petrol without paying – dangerous driving – forgery – perverting the course of justice, and last but no least, perhaps the most despicable and dastardly of them all – fishing without a licence!!!!

You're Nicked!

The Home Office guidelines on the recruiting of police officers states candidates should have ‘proven integrity’ due to the pressures of the job, but do not indicate that applicants with a record cannot be hired, only those who have committed ‘serious offences’.

I guess, like many other things, its a ‘sign of the times’. Life, and more so people, ‘ain’t what they used to be’ and that’s a fact. It all goes to show that police officers are just as human as the rest of us, and they make the same mistakes we do. I for one am still glad we have them, even if there is the odd one who is not ‘a credit to the force’.

Happy New Year Folks!

Roy.

The UK Riots – Now The Blame Game Begins!

Posted in Britain, Conservative Party, David Cameron, Demonstration, England, Government, Justice, Modern World, MP's, Nick Clegg, Parliament, Police, Police Complaints, Political Correctness, Riot, Teen Violence, Teens, Theft, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 15/08/2011 by floroy1942

As always, as soon as the trouble is over the mud-slinging begins. Everyone from politicians, to police, and the public, must have their say, which lets face it, is not such a bad thing in itself.

Do You Expect People Like This To Give In To The 'Softly Softly' Approach By Police?

It does annoy me however when politicians start pontificating and laying much of the blame on the police for not being, in their words, ‘Robust Enough’! Bullshit!

The thugs responsible for the violence and looting knew police hands were tied, and took full advantage of the fact.

Ask Him If He Agrees With Your Opinions!

At almost every major disturbance in the last twenty years, our police have been pilloried for their ‘robust tactics’! When things got tough officers reacted, often to save themselves from harm, and what do they get, hung out to dry!

Some protester or other would be filming events, and as soon as a police officer touched someone with a truncheon, no matter how justified, the cry of ‘police brutality’ went up, and the officer concerned ended up in big trouble, and sometimes in front of a judge!  

It is not considered an ‘illegal use of force’ when protesters batter the police, in fact many ‘sick’ people enjoy the spectacle. In many cases our law enforcement officers suffer serious injury to keep you safe, but ‘lo and behold’, if any policeman raises his baton in even a threatening gesture against a rioter bent on destruction, it’s ‘off to the stocks’ with him.

Should He Be Battered Because He Is Not Allowed To Defend Himself?

The police leadership have obviously learned they can expect no backing from either politicians or the public in such situations, and have reacted accordingly. Good for them! But now what do we hear? The police failed to do their job effectively!

This sort of reaction makes me quite mad, for our police do not deserve this. It seemed to me, that this time they operated within the boundaries set for them by the general public and politicians, and still it’s no good!

As I have often said , ‘Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t!

Folks, you either give the police the power to crack a few heads and use the correct tools for the job, or you have them stand on the sidelines. You can’t have it both ways.

Thrown To The Wolves By Society!

We have always had one of the finest police forces in the world, but people these days want them to fight the kind of mindless destruction we have witnessed – in handcuffs.

Just as important is the reaction of the justice system, which is giving rioters and looters, some as young as nine-years-old, nothing more than a ‘slap-on the-wrist’ because of their age. Rubbish! If that’s not incentive enough to go out and do it again I don’t know what is!

Wow! Some of these looters have actually been banned from entering some 400 city centre stores in Manchester. Now that’s a master stroke that will really make an impression! I wonder which genius thought up that load of twaddle!

When Violence Rules The Streets Your Only Protection Is The Police

The real answer is to give the police the power to crack a few heads, and believe me, the thugs will think twice before going on the rampage again! I know the old saying; ‘Violence Begets Violence, and that may be true, but I am sure if our police were given full backing to use proper ‘robust tactics’ we would see a rapid end to such situations. This sort of violence requires a crackdown as hard as we can make it, and only then can you be sure it won’t happen again! The only law many of our young people today really understand, is the that of the iron fist.

How Would You Like To Be Burning From A Petrol Bomb?

When the next episode of this saga unfolds, as it will, the one thing that will deter any future repetitions will be for these thugs to see fifty or more of their friends lying in the street needing hospital treatment. Yep! I know, it sounds hard, but the police will only have to do it once, for if you want to stamp out mob violence then you give as good as you get!

I am well aware my views may be radical, but if you want peace on our streets, and instill some form of discipline on our wayward youth,  you must allow the police to take off the kid gloves and become a real  force for good – again!

Roy.

 

Occupational Health Gone Stark Raving Mad

Posted in England, Government Spending, Justice, Police, UK with tags , , , , , on 04/06/2011 by floroy1942

As everybody now knows, the Olympics will be held in the UK next year, and it seems the loonys have escaped the asylum just in time to add their ten cents worth to the preparations.

The Torch Route Is Made Public

On the 19th of May 2012 the Olympic torch, which is to be carried by 8,000 runners, will begin its 8,000 mile journey across the UK before the Olympic flame is lit at the start of the games in London. The torch will travel the length and breadth of Britain for 70 days before arriving at the Olympic Stadium, and will be escorted by members of the Metropolitan Police all the way.

‘The Met’ hierarchy are taking the whole thing very seriously and have done everything they can to ensure the police constables escorting the olympic flame are cared for in every conceivable way. The Occupational Health Department is currently making arrangements for the officers concerned to get counselling at the end of their duty to help them integrate back into work and home life!

A spokesman for the Met said:”We recognise this is a unique policing role never performed within British policing. Mindful of the fact that officers will be taken away from their homes for 70 days, their reintegration back into the Met after the event is already being carefully planned. The welfare of our staff is of paramount importance.” He went on: “Occupational health specialists are already developing plans (I’ll bet they are). The Met already has specialists who work with officers. These include counsellors, occupational psychologists and other medical staff.”

Jenny Jones, who sits on the Met Police Authority as London Assembly Member remarked:  “It sounds barking mad. A briefing, fine, but counselling? What a waste of resources.”

She is obviously not thinking about the unbearable stress officers will have to face being away from home for 70 days, and having to guard a man with a flaming torch in his hand as he runs through the streets of Britain to the cheers of the crowd. On top of that the officers will never have done a job like this before! I cannot for the life of me see how they will possibly be able to stand the strain.

Its good to know that police officers are properly being cared for, and have a therapist to tuck them in every night when they go to bed!

At such a public event you can be sure some nutters will want to demonstrate about something or other. It is also quite possible some idiot will want to go down in history as the one who doused the flame on the torch, so you can be certain the Met police officers will occasionally have their hands full, but I am sure they will handle it without having a nervous breakdown.

I can well imagine how this whole farce is going down in the police canteens across the capital as the rank and file read about the proposed plans. It seems to me that if the government wish to cut budgets for the police, one of the first places to look is the occupational health department who seem to be getting desperate to justify their existence with this plan.

Let’s Hope It All Ends Well!

Personally, I have never heard such a load of crap in my entire life and I think its time the ‘Met’ upper echelons took a good long hard look at what they are about. Whatever happened to just getting on with the job?

I don’t think ‘Met’ policemen are sissy’s who need a therapist to hold their hand when they do a job. It sounds to me like the system is overburdened with lay-abouts and busybodies who think they are God’s gift to mankind.

Roy.

Student Leaders Refuse to Denounce Protest Violence

Posted in Britain, Budget Cuts, Demonstration, England, Free Speech, Government, Human Rights, Insanity, Justice, Modern World, MP's, Old Age Pensioner, Police, Police Complaints, Relationships, Senior Citizen, Teen Violence, Teens, UK with tags , , , , , , on 17/12/2010 by floroy1942

Last Sunday I reported on the student riots in London (Ref: Any Excuse For Thuggery – December 12), and since that time many of my comments have proven correct.

Sure! This guys a student!

The police have since confirmed that the demonstration was infiltrated by a gang of hard-core trouble-makers bent on using the event to cause mayhem.

Once again, as with the G20 demonstration, a storm of criticism has been hurled at the police for ‘inciting violence’ and using ‘excessive force’. Perhaps the policeman should ask the thug to kindly put down the brick he is about to throw through a shop window? It seems no matter what the police do, they are on the losing side.

I Suppose the Police Did This!

However, the one thing that sticks in my craw during the past week is the refusal of student leaders to condemn the violence. In my opinion, if you don’t condemn the violence then you must condone it!

During various interviews with the press and TV, they have restricted themselves to blaming the police for all the violence that occurred, and called for a judicial investigation of police tactics. In other words, its a repeat of what happened after the G20 riots.

These people even had the audacity to suggest that police riot tactics would eventually lead to someone dying. For those of you who may not be familiar with the meaning of the word riot, it means the following: A VIOLENT disturbance of the peace by a crowd. Note the word violent!

The only ones laughing at the moment are the thugs that perpetrated the mayhem in the first place.

Police 'Kettling' Action.

The student leaders were especially vocal about the police tactic known as ‘kettling’ which they use to confine extremely violent demonstrators to a small area, thereby reducing the amount of damage they can cause to property.

Do you really want these ‘towrags’ running wild through the streets, smashing in shop-fronts and setting fire to cars in street after street? Because that is what you will get if the practice of ‘kettling’ is stopped.

And You Want Stab This Man In The Back?

If I were a policeman today and was ordered to attend such a demonstration, I think I would rather report sick, for sick of the whole one-sided affair I would be.

We expect our law enforcement agency to protect our property and safety, and when they do we stab them in the back. We do not, as a nation, deserve our police force, for all we do is treat them as whipping boys when those bent on causing trouble come out of the shadows.

Suppose This Was Your Property?

We have become a country wherein dwells a large number of restless and violent youth who will seek any opportunity to cause trouble, and our only shield against these malcontents is the police force. So why do we treat them the way we do?

I think the answer is clear, they are easy targets!

It is so simple for people like students, many of whom were involved in the trouble, to deflect blame and criticism away from themselves and onto the police. Why? Because the British gutter press loves a good ‘police brutality’ story! Sad to say, everyone falls for it too.

If You Won't Back Him - Who Will?

It is high time the British people got behind the police in our country, and gave them the powers they need to deal properly with the violence when it explodes onto our streets during demonstrations.

I am all for peaceful demonstration, but you tell me when there has been a peaceful one in the past ten years! You won’t find many, perhaps when old age pensioners take to the streets and have a go at the government over pensions. Their idea of violence is perhaps to take a token kick at a rubbish bin along the route.

Roy.


Any Excuse For Thuggery? – The Student Riots.

Posted in Britain, Demonstration, England, English Schools, Free Speech, Germany, Government, Insanity, Justice, Modern World, MP's, Parliament, Police, Police Complaints, Prison, Riot, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens, UK with tags , , , on 12/12/2010 by floroy1942

Last week saw the centre of London turned into a battlefield once again as students rioted in protest over the increase in tuition fees. As usual it turned nasty, with major property damage and an attack on members of the Royal Household.

The Peaceful Part of the Student Demonstration

Any demonstration, organized for whatever purpose in the UK today, is hi-jacked by a criminal element intent on ‘having a go’ at the police, and causing as much damage and destruction as possible just to satisfy their own warped lust for violence.

That there were tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators at this event is beyond question, but sadly, as usual, it was the criminal element that got into the news.

Among much of the youth in Britain today, there is an underlying current of violence seething just below the surface that finds an outlet when good people take to the streets to protest against something they perceive as wrong. The end result is always the same, a pitched battle with police that escalates into innocent people being caught up in it.

Is This What We Want on Our Streets – Anarchy?

Among a crowd of 100,000 peaceful demonstrators, less than 100 thugs can turn the event into something reminiscent of a war zone in a matter of minutes. It is true to say that many people, initially innocent, start getting aggressive trying to protect one or more of ‘their’ number being arrested by the police, and so it escalates.

What these ‘innocents’ do not seem to understand, is that the person or persons they are trying to defend from the police are there for the express purpose of causing violence, and turning the whole event into a riot.

I am convinced that those responsible for initiating the violence last week have never seen the inside of a university, and probably never even finished secondary school. These are the type of people responsible for much of the thuggery in our towns and cities, and who spend their time selling drugs, getting drunk, stealing cars and anything else that is not nailed down. Most will without doubt become inmates of HM prisons.

Students or Thugs? I Think the Latter!

The police have issued photo’s of those individuals they have been able to identify as troublemakers. If you wish to have no more repeats of last weeks violence and know them, you should turn them in.

It is worth noting one of the comments attached to the following Daily Telegraph video report which reads as follows:

hey kids, lets learn how to kick the shit out of riotpolice:

A) coppers hate it when u splinter, coz they cant manage every splinter group. splinter like fuck!

B) coppers can’t see through there visers and shields if you spray paint in there face!

C) potassium nitrate+suger+naga jolokia (chilli) is your home made C.S gas (strong enough to fend off elephants)

D) thermite (easy to make and not illegal!)

E) petrol bombs, ad oil or styrophome (makes it sticky)

F) wear black

any questions?

It should be obvious to even the most dull among us that considering the atrocious use of the English language the writer is not a student!!! This is a prime example of why you too should back our police force against this rabble instead of complaining when they do the job we, the general public, ask them to do.

YOU Will Have to Pay For the Replacements! – Happy?

Because no-one, least of all their parents, has seen fit to give these malcontents a sense of direction in life they turned to the easy way of making money i.e. crime and violence. I am sure they are hooked on the adrenaline rush they get from destroying things they see they can never have.

There is little doubt that, as in other demonstrations, the mayhem witnessed had nothing whatsoever to do with the increase in tuition fees at universities.

At each successive demonstration more and more violence is aimed at the police, but sad to say, the public in general always sees them as the culprits. After a pitched battle in the city centre, where tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage is done, with scores of policemen as well as demonstrators requiring hospital treatment, the following days headlines trumpet stories of police brutality and heavy-handed tactics. Sorry! But I for one don’t fall for that crop of bullshit!

Maybe This is Why Your Insurance is Sky-High

Throughout history we British have boasted about our ‘Thin Red Line’ holding back hoards attackers, well, now we have the thin blue line and as a nation we should get behind them. During this last demonstration the police tell us their helmet visors were deliberately splashed with paint(Ref. above comment), forcing them to lift them so they could see. As soon as the visor was lifted they were savagely pelted in the face with rocks or billiard balls. Many suffered serious injuries as a result.

But do we hear this action condemned? No of course not, instead everyone is complaining about police attempts to confine the violence and destruction to a small area with a tactic called ‘kettling’. This means the police work to confine the violent demonstrators to a small area and thereby stop them from running wild throughout the centre of London.

 

It is a very effective tactic for which many shop and business owners should be grateful, for was this not enforced the damage would have been very widespread indeed. Who can tell how many shop fronts and cars would have been destroyed if these people had been free to roam the streets at will.

The sad thing is, instead of praise for confining the acts of destruction, the police were heavily criticised!

For the Police A Hopeless Task

It must seem to many that whatever the police do in such circumstances they cannot win public confidence. I rather think that if I was Chief Constable of London I would keep all my officers off the streets during the next demonstration, and let people see what happens when the thugs are given free rein. Then you will hear the screams of condemnation across the entire country with cries of; why didn’t the police do their job? You can’t have it both ways folks! Either you fully back the police when they try to keep the peace, or you don’t. But if you don’t, then quit moaning when your car, shop or house is vandalised during demonstration violence.

When their hands are constantly tied, and their efforts to maintain order vilified, why should they risk serious injury on our behalf?

The instigators of the violence are well aware of the press reaction after they have had their fun, and know full well that the police will bear the brunt of the blame by supposedly ‘inciting violence’.

Alfie Meadows

This weekend a youth was hit with a police truncheon and later required brain surgery. Needless to say it was banner headlines in the gutter press with cries of police brutality. Yet, no-one, and I repeat no-one, has yet questioned what the situation was prior to the incident, and what caused the policeman to lash out. For all we know the young man may have been about to bash in some policeman’s head with a rock and it was a defensive action. But no! Without any of the facts being presented the police get the blame for brutality. Either way, the young man does have my best wishes for a good recovery, and should it be proven the blow was unjustified the one responsible should be dealt with.

Not a Thug? Then Why The Mask?

Over the last few years our law enforcement body has come under constant attack by demonstrators for their supposed heavy-handed tactics, but in my opinion, if you are bent on violence and destruction “You Reap What You Sow”.

I am sure the organizers planned a peaceful demonstration, but the problem is, it’s practically hopeless trying to prevent it being hi-jacked by the criminal element. It is becoming impossible to separate the thugs from the people who just wish to make their voices heard. Once news spreads of any planned demonstration, those who get their kicks from violence turn up from all over the country relishing the idea of causing mayhem once more.

German Police Water Cannon in Action

I am of the opinion that our police forces should be given the same powers as German police. Violent demonstrations in Germany are usually over quickly, because the police are allowed to use proper containment and crowd dispersal tactics that here would have everyone screaming police brutality.

It is time our police were also allowed  the use of water cannon on the streets of our towns and cities when demonstrations become ugly. The time for pussy-footing around with this bunch of trouble makers should be ended once and for all.

On the Receiving End of Demonstrators Wrath At the Government

The fact that Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles got caught up in the violence will I am sure be thoroughly investigated. From the fierceness of the attack one would imagine that Prince Charles was solely responsible for the increase in tuition fees. It is shameful that such acts should be perpetrated against a future king on the streets of London.

It makes me think that Britain as a country has lost its soul and is descending into the dark pit from which it will never emerge. God help us all!

Roy.


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