A fascinating dramatization of what happened in sections of London during the August riots has been screened on Channel 4.
This can be viewed on-line (I don't know if this will be accessible to those outside the UK)
It's definitely worth watching and gives a good sense of what was happening. They created the drama from witnesses involved in the events of the
final night, and without the input from the police (ie less chance of propaganda).
I think it goes a good way to show that this was not a protest about anything. There were no political ideals involved, and there was no justification
for the events that unfolded.
One of the most interesting aspects of this drama was the apparent obstacles the local police experienced in getting back-up for their area, even
though intel clearly suggested that their area would be hit hard.
In my opinion this is just more evidence that there was a coordinated lack of response, allowing the violence to spread and create some great news
footage to scare the public into accepting anything.
We are now looking at legislation being introduced to permit live rounds to be used against the public. The Met is already seeking to buy water
cannons before the legislation has even been approved.
It seems that the majority of the public have indeed fallen for it, crying out for armed officers to start mowing people down without considering how
the new legislation could be abused (just like every piece of legislation brought in to "protect the public").
Aside from promoting discussion about the events and the possible use of the riots to ramp up fear in the public - and therefore justify lethal force
in the future - I wanted to discuss what other options there are to deal with riots on this scale and present my own ideas.
While this was unfolding, we were discussing with our neighbors the possibility of creating a defense in our street to protect our homes.
Our plan with the neighbors was to operate a shift system to guard and patrol our street. Indeed, this seemed to work in other areas as communities
banded together and armed themselves to protect their lives and property.
But, due to the lack of adequate policing to deal with something like this, if it were to happen again in the future, would it be wise for the
government to introduce the idea of forming local militias? You have it in the USA, and I actually think it would be a wise thing to introduce to the
Of course, I'm not suggesting for a moment that these militias should be armed, they should simply be recognized groups of volunteers who are
provided with a small level of police training or back up, working in a community to act in instances of a national emergency relating to social
While many of us are expecting to see more unrest in the future, policing is being cut. If we see another event of such massive civil unrest again, we
most certainly will not be able to deal with it without enlisting the help of citizens.