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Black Tuesday for Brown

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An interesting post in the Red Box blog all about polls and political authority (the indicators are all sliding away in the wrong direction) and an interesting link to Rachel Sylvester’s article in The Daily Telegraph.

Did Jack Straw really threaten to punch Ed Ball’s lights out? Have things really reached that stage in Gordon Brown’s Cabinet? If Balls is responsible for youth crime, would that make Straw responsible for a more grown up type of thuggery?

Rachel further points out that the chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Tony Lloyd has expressed the view that the government needs to “clarify what it’s there for!” (How uncomfortable for the Prime Minister.)

I wonder how comfortable our Scottish Prime Minister has felt seeing images of Chinese goons manhandling protesters on the streets of London, and pushing and urging on their British police counterparts as the Olympic Flame stumbled on it’s way? Apparently, Kevin Rudd, the Australian PM has declared that they will not be able to do the same job in his country, the Aussies will look after security themselves, the big question must be ‘who gave the authority for this display of Chinese security tactics?’

Geoffrey Wheatcroft writing in the Daily Mail says:

“The Prime Minister hadn’t himself planned this dismal event, and it would be nice to think that he hated every moment of it.”

Yes, he had a horrified look upon his face as the Olympic Torch closed in on him in Downing Street, he was at pains to ensure that he did not touch it himself, why doesn’t he take a big brave Merkel type decision to stay away from the games’ opening ceremony in Beijing?

In another article Lord Coe condemned the army of Chinese “thugs” who accompanied the Olympic torch relay through London.

The head of London’s 2012 Games described as “horrible” the burly henchmen who barged their way through the capital, shoving the public and even police out of the way.

“One thing in Paris is to get rid of those guys. They tried to push me out of the way three times. They are horrible. They did not speak English. They were thugs.”

The blue track suited goons were seen on television using judo tactics to bring down protesters before pushing the ‘yellow jacket’ British Police towards them, and what were they all carrying in those bum bags on belts around their waists? I sincerely hope they were first aid kits!

So who authorised their presence? Was it the British Olympic Association or the Greater London Authority? Where did the Home Office fit into the jigsaw puzzle?

Either way, the Metropolitan Police do not seem impressed at all;

Privately, police were said to be furious as officers were made to look ridiculous, jogging along in cycle helmets and holding hands to form a chain around the bearers.

[YouTube =]

News video of the Olympic Flame protests in London

Oh, and the good news for Gordon – it has stopped snowing in London!

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Written by curly

April 8, 2008 at 12:05 pm

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  1. Thank you for all this important information! It never occurred to me that Britan had given over security to China, and I can imagine this would cause quite a bit of anger, if not outright resistance. Maybe this explains why there seemed to be so much physical activity around a basically “non-violent” group.

    I’m going to do a bit more research (as time permits) and post this on my blog. Americans need to know there are hands behind the hands, …

    In solidarity for self-determination for ALL,


    April 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm

  2. It reminds me of all those Bond films where the villains are protected by orientals in brightly coloured uniforms. I suppose we’ll now have Gordon Brown stroking Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s pussy at PMQs


    Harry Hook

    April 8, 2008 at 5:07 pm

  3. Hey Curly, apparently the video on the YouTube link is no longer available, Chinese-British state control perhaps?

    S Wilson

    April 8, 2008 at 9:24 pm

  4. I cannot understand why the original video has been withdrawn from YouTube, anyway, this is a decent substitute.


    April 8, 2008 at 10:40 pm

  5. Thanks!

    S Wilson

    April 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm

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