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What an absolute shower*

November 27, 2006

Another edict from the IPCC

They believe that riot policing is too confrontational and forces should consider using water cannon to disperse the baying mobs.
This isn’t suggested in order to protect the officers who have to stand their ground in the face of overwhelming numbers of hyped up protesters. Oh no, this is to prevent complaints of “heavy handed policing”.

Sorry, but if I’m in the front line (OK behind the front line – privilege of rank) and you and your mates are trying to get past me, you are going to feel the back of my shield and serve you right. All of the people who made these complaints would have had ample opportunity to leave the area, but chose to get close enough to the source of trouble to get face to face with the business end of a baton. I hope each and every complainant was arrested and charged with violent disorder!

Compare the figures – 60 police officers injured, while only few protesters received injuries. The hooligans were using missiles, which are indiscriminate in the damage they cause. The police officers were using batons, which can be targeted at the people causing most trouble. I suspect that some of the injured “citizens” were victims of friendly fire!

What difference would a water cannon make? For a start, they cost an absolute fortune and would spend most of their time in the garage. No force, not even the Met, could afford to pay for sufficient vehicles on the off-chance that they may be used at some point in the future. Secondly, who would put their elbow in the tank to make sure that the water was warm enough to prevent those poor protesters from getting frostbite? Despite the fact that they behave like a pack of hyenas, they still have human rights you know. Unlike the police officers who have to maintain order, for hours on end, with no food, drink or toilet breaks. In fact, setting off one of these contraptions in full view of a line of full-bladdered bobbies could be construed as a form of torture.

Yet another hare-brained idea from an “organisation” that dare to comment on police tactics when they have little or no knowledge of what goes on in real life.

*Apologies to Terry-Thomas

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Paradise Driver permalink
    November 27, 2006 20:10

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  2. PC South West permalink
    November 27, 2006 20:54

    I think the idea of using a water cannon is a good one, I didn’t know they were expensive though.
    It would be good to see these single cell life forms washed down the drains. Never mind making sure it’s not too cold, maybe some ice cubes would be a good idea.

  3. Stan Still permalink
    November 27, 2006 21:13

    According to the Daily Telegraph each one costs around £750,000. One alone would not be sufficient, so there could be millions of pounds worth of kit standing idle.

  4. ExtraSpecialCopper permalink
    November 27, 2006 22:33

    Im fed up of people who insist on throwing petrol bombs and missiles rights being above those of everyday citizens and the police – not that it happens everyday

  5. Jeffrey P. permalink
    November 28, 2006 06:44

    A person throwing a petrol bomb is very likely to kill or seriously injure someone; such a person requires a single aimed shot to the centre of body mass with a soft nosed expanding bullet.

    We shouldn’t be wasting water, people in Africa are dying of thirst!

  6. Anonymous permalink
    January 17, 2007 23:27

    Even if the Met did purchase any water cannons, (from a company with an ex commander n the board) then they would rot in the basement at Lambeth because no ranking nugget would ever have the guts to authorise their deployment.

    So there!

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    May 24, 2007 15:45

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