Saturday 11 December 2010

War & Peace

Don’t Call Me Dave has received an e-mail suggesting that his support for the students in their campaign against the increase in tuition fees is support for the violence which has accompanied the demonstrations. Such a suggestion is completely unfounded. DCMD does not condone violence in any shape or form and has written previously to that effect.

It was deeply depressing to see pictures of Charlie Gilmour climbing the Cenotaph and the Royal car being attacked. Such scenes only serve to demonise all students, notwithstanding that the majority were intent only on peaceful protest. Thanks to the actions of a few mindless idiots, the Government now occupies the moral high ground in the eyes of many of the public.

Under the last Labour Government, the rules relating to demonstrations were drastically altered to the detriment of peaceful protestors and recent events are likely to see them tightened further.

Organisers need to plan better in future to minimise the likelihood of trouble makers hijacking demonstrations for their own nefarious aims. Likewise, the Police need to develop better tactics so that miscreants can be swiftly identified and removed from the scene without affecting peaceful demonstrators and innocent bystanders. The process of containment known as kettling herds and confines the innocent and guilty together with no means of escape. Such a tactic causes panic and increases the risk of innocent people being hurt.

This country has a proud history of peaceful protest and the Police are, more often than not, able to control proceedings without interfering with the demonstrators’ rights. That a small minority break the law is not a reason to curb the rights of the majority. The Police simply have to improve their intelligence and tactics. It is not in anyone’s interest if the younger generation grows up resenting the Police instead of respecting and trusting them.


Rog T said...


Many people have children, friends,etc who are students and who know how they feel. The press may portray Cameron et all as having the high ground, but when good decent kids are treated like this, people see through this bluster.

I suspect that much of the trouble was caused by people who are professional troublemakers. The students I know wanted to get their point across

Mrs Angry said...

I think you are wrong, DCMD: people aren't that easily distracted. Yes,the government is trying hard to grab the moral highground, hence the attempt on Friday to make so much profit out of the isolated acts of violence, rather than the bigger issue, the huge revolt that is occurring over this scandalous fee hike. The fact remains, however, that most people are more concerned about the effect of the fee rise on their families than wasting time on much sympathy for Cameron's little squeak of outrage. We all know that violence is wrong: we all know that the vast majority of protestors are not involved in such behaviour. And the government will be quite happy for the few foos who misbehave to repeat their idiocy because that undermines the protest.

Moaneybat said...


The sender of the e-mail must be ignorant enough to consider the 302 MPs who voted against the graduate tax, as also supporting the violence, terrorists and guilty of treason.

Where do the three posts state "Let us go out there and break a few windows."
or "Well the students did the right thing". or "I fully condone such violence"

The sender of the e-mail is a perfect product of a failing British education. To think the individual has got a vote. Imagine them in the polling booth, " Excuse me, what do I do?"

"You put a 'X' in the box." To which they retort, "What's an 'X'?