Britain: Her Majesty’s Government surrenders to the rioters

Posted by: Phineas on August 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Just unbelievable fecklessness:

The Home Secretary [Theresa May] appeared to rule out sending water cannon or the Army onto the streets of the capital, despite a third night of violence.

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.”


Since when do the police need “consent” to enforce the law? And what about citizens whose properties are being burned to the ground, or the workers who no longer have jobs to go to because their workplaces are in ashes? What about law-abiding Britons too frightened to go out into their own neighborhoods to buy food?

Are they not part of the community, Madame Home Secretary? Perhaps you have their “consent” to defend their lives and livelihoods without having to ask “Mother, may I?”

I’m probably just overreacting because I’m one of those “Cowboy Americans” who doesn’t understand the subtleties and nuances of “sophisticated” Euro-policing. I should have guessed that Secretary May had the perfect solution:

As those charged with offences appear in court today, “people will start to see the consequences of their actions”, Mrs May added.

“There are many who are easily identified through CCTV cameras.”

She also told BBC Breakfast that “parents need to be asking themselves where were their children, what were their children doing in the evening.”

She added: “There are longer-term questions about when we see parents letting their children as young as that sort of age be out on the streets in this way.”

So, there you go. The perfect nanny-state answer to an uprising by vandals: passively watching and then threatening to tell their mothers. Excuse me while I go hurl.

And you can bet that the fascists of the British National Party are rubbing their hands with glee, knowing that this nerveless, cringing, emasculated, pathetic excuse of a government whose only response is a scolding will just drive more and more people their way out of desperation.

Alfred the Great, Edward I, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Canning, Disraeli, Churchill… They’re all spinning in their graves now.

via Bryan Preston

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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9 Responses to “Britain: Her Majesty’s Government surrenders to the rioters”


  1. Dean says:

    SJ, What posted at the Mail:

    You Brits (along with the rest of the EU) took the guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens and now you wonder why the thugs get to burn the place down. It’s called deterrence. We here in the USA have laws that protect our RIGHT to keep and bear arms. During the LA riots the Korean shop keepers took out their guns and not one of their shops got torched. Why? They had guns and, more importantly, they knew how to use them and they had the will to use them. A 5.56mm round traveling at 3200 fps tends to make you look somewhere else for trouble. I bet there are a few pub owners that wish they had an FN FAL and a few magazines laying around. Enjoy your carbeques and the defenseless getting the the living hell beat out them because when seconds count the police will get to you when they can.

    And if that doesn’t convince you that gun ownership works, go ask General Cornwallis about the ass kicking he got at Yorktown courtesy of George Washington.

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  2. bill glass says:

    Time to crack some skulls.

  3. PE says:

    Where are the fowling pieces of yesteryear?

  4. Carlos says:

    She also told BBC Breakfast that “parents need to be asking themselves where were their children, what were their children doing in the evening.”

    Gosh, that sounds so familiar, where did I hear that just today?

    Oh, yeah, it was the mayor of Philadelphia!

    Lib idiots must have an unseen wireless network of thought responses. That’s the only reason I can see for two such responses in rapid succession…

  5. TexasMom2012 says:

    Dang, I am a quarter Brit. And embarrassed! We recently had an attempted robbery at the Randalls Wells Fargo bank, the thugs were on the loose, called hubby. Did he come home from his (very close) office? Hell NO! He said, get Chewy (our youngest 15 YO son) to open the gun safe and load up our weapons with live ammo! Seriously, the Brits need to grow a pair and start treating criminals like the scum of the earth they are! Do NOT allow them to reproduce! Just get rid of non-producing jerks who think it is OK to steal and destroy the work/wealth (earned) of others. Your society would be better off without these jerks!

    Sorry, this crap really cranks my ire! (Yea, also quarter Irish/Scot)!

  6. Frederick says:

    Life in a gunless society.

  7. Kate says:

    I hear they fear the “right wing” will take to the streets to protect their communities? What do they fear more, lawless thugs or people who are care about the safety of their community?

    Here is an example of where the US will be if we allow more gun control…flash mobs in Philly is just the start. The kids are out of control and society in general is feign to address that issue.

    Oh, yeah. We can form a community action committee…ask Obama how to do that.

  8. Lorica says:

    “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 don’t think this woman knows what a community is. Mob rule, destroying, and killing people, has no part of a community. If she would have called out the military to support the police, how many lives would have been saved? How much property would have been saved?? This kind of sit on your ass decision making is what is ruining this world. The only thing that must happen for evil to prevail, is for good people to do nothing…. and here it is in action. Call out the military and this crap will stop.

    This whole thing reminds me of the year long rioting in France a few years ago. What did they do to stop it, elected their version of a conservative and he got tough with the people who were doing the rioting.

    I hope the decent people of England decide it is time for major changes the next time elections roll around. – Lorica