So, London is quiet but it spread to other parts of the country. Why is it that the police showed the same stand-off tactics? I guess they have been so well trained to be politically correct that they do nothing. I thought the PM said they would come down harder, but it looked like all parties concerned did a copycat of London. Youth destroy, police charge then fall back and let establishment get looted and burned. While I think Croatian police could learn some things from UK police, I sure hope they don't learn about riot control as UK police are pathetic at it.
Now we can understand why some countries come down hard on rioters (although protest for democracy is a different thing). What would the UK have done if the riots where in their thousands?
I expect that many of us , who still visit the U.K. , would agree that the police there have morphed into an another species , far distant from the original idea of policing ; now it's more about one's rubbish bins , petty errors and suchlike , where the cops are really feisty and on-the-ball and love to give one a maximal ticking over , or worse . I remember vividly , some 3-4 years' ago , driving up from Dover to M25 ; now as I drive at different speeds in EUrope , 130-140 around France , Spain and Belgium and as fast as the circumstances allow in VaderLand , I'm always particularly careful not to be too fast on a U.K. road ; so , here I set my tempomat to the "correct" speed , as boring as it gets , and I proceed towards London Town ; hehehe somewhere upwards of Ashford . there is a Kent police car catching up with me , lights flashing , sirens howling , the driver grimacing and pointing fingers ...so I pull over on the shoulder ; and the uniformed chap from the car accuses me of being " at least a mile over the speed-limit , don't I know the Highway Code , this could yet result in a violation penalty "...tralalla and more tongue soup , 20 minutes later , we're still standing on the shoulder , heavy , heavy trucks thundering past , everyone's time so solidly wasted , over nothing . I know there's ways and means of strangling , knifing and shooting arrogant pompous imbeciles , but I did none of that . Then he "lets me go , with a warning" . Nice ; and he'll retire at 50 , on good benefits !