I think we all knew that the Police were going to break a few heads this year because they told us in no uncertain terms that they intended to hold the line against the summer of rage. The Police then say we are going to have to lay off frontline policemen unless we get more money, there is nothing between you Mr Brown and the mob
It now appears that the Army are stock piling tear gas and asking the lads and lasses that are being underpaid, given crap equipment,no medical care in military hospitals worth the name 'would you fire on your countrymen'. Pvt Beharry VC was trotted out over the weekend, with I assume the permission of the top brass to ensure better pay and conditions, because unless we do there is nothing, Mr Brown, between you and the mob.
IF these rumours are true, and considering that ARRSE has never been particularly pro Brown, this would be a very interesting position for the military to take sides with Brown against the people of this country.
So the Army is on standby! Where are the troops coming from as at the moment we are a little bit busy?
How can the Government suddenly find troops to cover its own back but not for Afghan?
How many would prefer to be on the other side of the Police line having a go at the Government?
Comment on the ARRSE site
Recently, from a confidential source, I received information that the MoD was buying up unusually large quantities of tear gas and other riot equipment. Clearly, it has no intention of being caught out, as it was at the beginning of the Troubles, having to ration tear gas and riot shields. Maybe they might even find a use for all those Snatch Land Rovers, when they are returned from Iraq.
The implications of putting the Army on the streets, though, are horrendous. Currently, the Army is riding on the crest of a wave of public approval but, as it did in Northern Ireland, sentiment can very quickly turn. The ramifications for the campaign in Afghanistan might be significant. An Army which is sent out against its own people is not likely to attract much support for its other activities.
But there is not much prospect of the Army disobeying orders. As we saw in the 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic, it went to work with a will, engaging in illegal activities, intimidating ordinary people and conspiring with the civil authorities to enforce false arrest. It will do so again if ordered, with the back-up this time of the Civil Contingencies Act which makes legal much of what was illegal back in 2001.
Richard North- EUREFERENDUM
If we don't riot, Labour are likely to be obliterated in a general election.
If we do riot, there won't be one.
Or they just shoot you anyway, I was fourteen when this happened.
The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.