Category Archives: UK Riots in August 2011

On Thursday the 4th August Metropolitan Police shot dead a man named Mark Duggan in Tottenham, London. Over the following week a wave of violence and looting took place in London and a number of other locations.

Blue Light Commissioner


According to todays Times the Government is about to extend the role of Police and Crime Commissioners to oversee Fire & Rescue Services. Apart from any Union opposition which the article focuses on, this is a mistake for several reasons. The most fundamental … Continue reading

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Two blasts from the past


This week the Government has been forced to address two matters that have been bubbling away for more than a year. The High Court judgement over the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (DRIP) Act which I wrote about extensively last … Continue reading

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20 months on the WC?


Political constipation is not unknown in the Home Office, but it is not something to be encouraged, particularly when other parts of the same department appear to have the Political equivalent of the runs. According to this report a request for … Continue reading

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rarely used and rarely seen?


The anniversary of the Summer riots in 2011 is a mere month away. One of the consequences of the terrible scenes from Croydon and other parts of London along with a small number of urban settings across the UK is the … Continue reading

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Sentences I don’t understand


The value of custodial sentences for Andy Coulson and his fellow conspirators is surely questionable. As a society that locks up far more people than most of our neighbours his punishment is something that is hard to justify in terms of the best … Continue reading

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We’ve got it so we must use it!


Some of us are occasionally tempted to buy gadgets that we don’t need right now, but look shiny and new and persuade us that they will come in useful before too long. So the gadget comes home and you spend time getting … Continue reading

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Three months later…….


Three months after the London disturbances, another gang came to have fun in London last night intending to create some headlines. They consumed large quantities of alcohol and appear to have had a good time. These were not the rioters of August many … Continue reading

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