I don’t like what I’m seeing across the pond. The rioters are running wild. And even worse, the authorities are acting with far too much restraint.
The Home Secretary 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.”
That seems… insane. I am not arguing that London needs to unleash its police force to do something like cracking skulls, but the response to this level of civil disobedience can’t be the usual business.
It’s unacceptable that a major, modern, capital city like London isn’t doing more to reign this in. In order to have a functioning society, some level of order has to be maintained. You can’t let thugs and fear of thugs run your city like this.