Posts Tagged ‘policing’


February 1, 2011

It occurs to me that demo’s / protest marches are designed to gain publicity for a particular point of view but all we ever see of them is a few still photo’s in the press or a 10 second newsclip on TV.

So why have the protests last longer than a minute or so?

We have seen that our police are now copying the kettling tactics of the USA, which force peaceful demonstrations to become violent and allow Politicians to re-direct public gaze at the “scum” involved, ignoring what the protest is about and any possible justice that  may be being denied.

Instead of congregating at a particular place, at a pre-arranged time that allows the Police to plan their attack, protestors could just move around an area of town, mingling with other citizenry.

In one scenario they would be carrying their placards, moving in groups of  six or so. Just enough for a newspaper’s still shot and , if they just far enough apart, frequent enough for a TV newsreel.  The Police would need an awful lot of personnel to try kettling the protestors, without hurting large numbers of non-participants.

In another scenario, possibly more difficult to organise, the groups would keep their placards hidden until they arrived at particuar locations, either by Public Transport or by foot, which they would walk through and leave by similar means.

Police would see protests blossom and fade faster than they could mobilise. The only way that they could prevent such protests would be by blocking off large numbers of streets, stopping public transport and, in the case of London, closing Tube Stations.


Out of Europe

February 1, 2011
The Daily Express’s “Out of Europe” petition will undoubtedly make David Cameron and other party leaders take notice but it will not have any more impact than that.

All three main parties are committed to staying in Europe and believe that there is nothing that we can do about it.

Unless sufficient MP’s are prepared to ignore their party whips and the splash over from the Euro-gravy train, we will never achieve a democratic resolution of this situation, through the Ballot Box.

The only party of any significance, which is committed to an Out of Europe position, is UKIP and they only managed 7% of the vote in the General election. They’d need a much bigger press support to have even the slightest chance of electoral success.

Ironically it seems to me that Vanessa Feltz has offered us a possible route to cocking a snoot at the politicians, who daily trample on our wishes.

In order to save money by reduced policing, politicians at the Local level have begun invoking “Health and Safety” as a reason for banning any non-revenue raising public event, such as street parties, walking day parades, village fete’s etc.

What would be the effect of the mass of the people deciding to hold street parties to celebrate the Royal Wedding?

Taking  Wigan as a basis for some Maths.

There are 35 policemen/women for Wigan to police about 300,000 registered voters, 24 hours  a day, 365 days a year. Even swelling the ranks with CPSO’s and Specials, that is not enough to prevent street parties.

Total acquiescence to Police orders (only when they are present) would show how reliant Politicians are on Public compliance and cause politicians, if they are intelligent enough, to worry about ignoring the electorate so contemptuously.

 Gandhi got the British out of India by civil disobedience, maybe Street parties could be the start of an effective form of peaceful civil protest that could get us Out of Europe.