Should the police be allowed to use "kettling" tactics?
“The Times”, which can usually be commended for its good sense, invariably takes an anti-police line. Characteristically, the newspaper has found it incomprehensible that the police were unable to guarantee the safety of every member of the huge G20 mob, which congregated from across the country and across the world to intimidate. “The Times” is now developing a sophisticated system of feedback and brilliant readers’ letters, such as these below, effectively scuttle all the previous lengthy column inches of unconstructive politically correct indignation. The irony of the last letter says it all!
I did my time protesting in the Seventies and it takes two to tango. You have the right to protest, but I also have the right to go about my lawful business without obstruction by you. I also have the right to do so without being spat at or threatened because I am in a suit.
OK, the G20 policing was far from ideal, but what else would you have the police do? Use water cannon, CS gas and Tasers?
Here's an idea: let's take away the officers' extending batons, shields, stab vests, helmets, CS spray and handcuffs and just have them all politely inform wrongdoers and criminals to be nice. Because that will work, won't it?