The looting, the police and politicians
I know there are people who are critical of the police. My own view is that I am supportive of the police action last week. It is always possible to dig little holes into someone's performance, but normally futile.
I think that Chief Constable Chris Simms of the West Midlands Police did a good job throughout the week and his management assisted in both bringing orders into the situation and also keeping things calm when they could have become much more difficult. I have personally thanked a number of the rank and file and our thanks as society should go out to them who have put themselves in harms way to deal with a difficult situation.
We must also thank Tariq Jahan for his efforts that assisted in dealing with a tragic and dreadful situation that could have been the flashpoint for further problems.
David Cameron and Ed Milliband are both doing speeches today. I think they need to get into the details of the issues. I would be interested in knowing how many of the children involved were wards of the state.
is worth reading although I do not agree with everything in it.
The State in the UK has been undermining parental discipline for quite some time. It should not be surprising, therefore, that situations like that which arose last week involve children as well as adults.
In privatising the use of force so that parents are prevented from keeping their children in off the streets a much more dangerous situation has been created for the children.
The argument that force or violence should not be used by parents to control children is flawed. It results in more extreme force or violence having to be used to control the situation when the same children encounter the police.