Britain’s Impotence Problem
09/08/2011 3 Comments
London’s Metropolitan Police (the Met) and the British State have re-defined the metaphor for impotence in the 21st Century. Over three days and nights of almost unrestrained looting, arson and rioting, gangs of teenagers and young adults have proven conclusively that the Met is incapable of providing the most basic service demanded of it – protecting ordinary people from mob violence.
Londoners watched disbelieving and stunned at TV footage showing the Met’s Riot Squads standing impotently aside while rioters attacked shops, vehicles, created barricades and openly taunted the police. Europeans asked a simple question: “Why isn’t the Met taking the fight to the looters, charging them, snatching ringleaders and inflicting violence and pain on them?”
Looters rob an injured boy.
An Impotent Leadership
That this situation was allowed to develop is entirely the fault of the Met’s senior officers who allowed their force to become an object of derision and contempt. They lack the courage to order the Met’s riot squads to clear the streets, to inflict pain and damage to the looters and use force to quell the looting. A noted UK police blog sees the situation even more seriously.
The next 48 hours are vital for British policing. If we fail to protect the law-abiding public once more, we will cease to exist in our present form, and rightfully so. We could end these riots very quickly.
Our special correspondent’s eyewitness report shows how their supposed protectors abandoned ordinary Londoners to the looters.
At 7.30pm on Monday 8th August, I drove along towards Sainsbury’s supermarket to collect my weekly ration of pine kernel nuts, hand-made pasta and Truffle oil. The advancing looters had placed empty beer kegs from a pub across both lanes and created a road block, preventing a Police patrol car from advancing up the road. The mob was a perfectly racially integrated Benneton ad’s mixture of male and female teenagers equipped with golf clubs, planks of wood, bricks and iron rods. They taunted and laughed at the Police, stuck behind the barricade.
I quickly reversed the car to avoid the clash and saw the looters attacking a stranded, jam-packed double decker bus. One of the rioters shouted “Leave the bus, the driver’s black”. The other hesitated for a moment and answered “So what? Fuck him” and proceeded to attack the front windscreen with a large brick. The terrified bus driver tried to shield himself from breaking glass. Other looters, having equipped themselves with debris from a nearby skip and proceeded to attack on the bus, with passengers still trapped inside it.
I then called the Police to tell them where this was happening and suggested they get reinforcements to save the bus, driver and passengers.
Glory to the Turks! (… and Kurds)
In Dalston, one of the worst affected areas, local Turkish and Kurdish shopkeepers banded together and attacked the looters with fists and knives, saving their businesses from destruction. They have shown more courage in defeating the looters than the entire senior leadership of the Met and the British Cabinet.
Update: Turkish and Kurdish shopkeepers defending their shops and livelihoods against looters, with interviews. Angry Birds OUT, Angry Turks IN.
There’s even a Turkish proverb for this: Her gönülde bir aslan yatar, which means “there lies a lion in every heart”, (except in the hearts of Senior Met Commissioners and British politicians.)
Update: An overview of how the looting developed ending with Turkish and Kurdish shopkeepers dealing with looters and thieves: http://www.vbs.tv/en-gb/watch/vbs-news/vbs-news-hackney-systems-overload–2
How to deal with violent rioters. Die Polizei.
Lesson 1: 22 sec
Lesson 2: 1 min 50
Lesson 3: 2 min 20
Lesson 4: 2 min 40
How to deal with violent rioters. The Met.
Note the hesitancy, the lack of force, the reluctance to attack the rioters. What will it take for the Met to switch to using force against looters and arsonists?
Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, savouring the moment has chipped in with this homily to the embattled British government and Police.
“The British government should take all the necessary steps to protect coloured citizens and their property from being looted during the ongoing riots…”. Adding salt into the wound he added that ”….neither the UK government nor the police have been able to effectively quell the riots while he appealed the British government to ensure the protection of its citizens’ rights swiftly through direct intervention.”
A bemused Sri Lankan watching from Colombo commented:
“If it happened here, it would have lasted only for a few hours with some hooligans going home with bandages or in coffins – ideal solution ya ?”