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Hit Me With Your Riot Stick

The actions of the police at the G20 protests are becoming quite a story. As more and more evidence comes to light the more the press and public realise just how manipulative and poorly trained the police are when dealing with individuals who are unwilling to take a submissive stance towards their unreasonable requests. Criticism of police handling of similar protests is not new, but the public anger at there unprovoked attacks on lawful protesters is new and very welcome.

Some papers have already made the contrast with the reactions to the assaults on the public protesting against the ban on hunting. Its been assumed the middle classes can do without the public’s help in getting redress over the bloodied heads that featured in much of the press coverage. In fact, very little happened after the protests and even politicians were pouring scorn on the innocent victims of police brutality.

Perhaps the Home Secretary will put aside her expenses claims and spend some time investigating what has been common knowledge for quite a while, that police officers have been hiding their identity and swapping their numbers to avoid complaints. There can be only one reason for their actions, they intended to inflict pain and suffering on the public. These were deliberate acts and the miscreants must be punished. Or is that a bucket of white wash I see listed on the Home Secretary’s expenses claim.

World Leaders Stop The World

The level of disruption and size of carbon foot print caused by the G20 makes one wonder if its worth bothering. The chances of an agreement are zero. Oh, they’ll sign up to something, but it will be woolly worded, contain no real commitments or make any difference to our problems. The leaders are already jousting with words to ensure the US does not try to act as the leader of everything. The French want banking controls that go far beyond anything everyone else wants, Gordon Brown wants to chuck dustbins full of cash at the problem, and Obama wants everyone to do what he says.

Stuck in the middle of all this are the people of London and those who’s travel plans are being disrupted due to the overblown egos of the the world leaders. The level of security is way beyond anything that is needed to protect the precious cargo that are our prime ministers and presidents. Yes there are risks but not to the extent the security forces think, but we must let them have their day and keep the secret service personnel feeling special.

The president of Brazil decided to take the low carbon option to travel from Paris to London by taking the train. For the French President Nicolas Sarkozy such a choice was to demeaning, he will arrive by private jet. The total cost of the G20 will probably be more than the gross domestic product of many poor countries. Perhaps that would have been a better investment and more effective than a round of back slapping and back biting that will take place this week.