Three nights of rioting and destruction, and this is the response by those in charge of maintaining public safety:
Hand wringing over use of water cannon:
The Home Secretary appeared to rule out sending water cannon or the Army onto the streets of the capital, despite a third night of violence.What in the Wide Wide World of Sports is a-goin' on here?
Speaking on Sky News, she said that police intelligence and the support of local communities would help quell the disturbances.
"The way we police in Britain is not through use of water cannon," she said. "The way we police in Britain is through consent of communities."
I venture to conjecture Madame, that your 'communities' would 'consent' to the use of water cannon to quell the yobbos.
This fecklessness is a pattern with the Home Secretary. From last year, during a spate of student protest, brought on by tuition hikes:
The Home Secretary faced similar calls last year following the violent student protests.No better way to build trust between yourselves and the public than by standing by while London burns.
Initially she appeared to open the way for their use when she said it was right to look at “all options” and that using them would be a police “operational” decision.
But within 24 hours, she backtracked and told MPs: “I don’t think anybody wants to see water cannon used on the streets of Britain because we have a different attitude to the culture of policing here. We police by consent and it depends on that trust between the police and the public.”
Not that the water cannon are ready to hand, mind you. Even if they took the perilous step, they'd first have to ship them in from Northern Ireland:
The Home Office last night insisted that there were no plans to approve the use of water cannon.One wonders if the various shop owners in the beleaguered sections of town would have profited by more liberal gun control and licensing laws, like those held holy by the gun fetishists across the pond.
“Water cannon are not approved for use on the mainland by the Home Office,” a spokesman said. “A range of measures is available to the police to tackle disorder and we do not believe water cannon are needed.”
A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers did not have any water cannon. If their use was approved, they would have to be brought over from Northern Ireland.
At any rate, water cannon are great for putting out fires.