Breaking News – PM Cancels Tennis Lesson
Amidst all the nonsense being spouted about the Police losing control of the streets a Twitter Hash Tag has emerged that is calling for the Army to get involved and, well, that’s where thing’s get a bit fuzzy.
Do what exactly, this isn’t the 1830’s, as much as it would be interesting to see the effect of Apache and CR2 on the hoodies I think it might rather be disproportionate :)
There is always of course the slight problem of numbers and commitments.
The Army is about to fall to 85,000, most are either in Germany or climes sunnier, there are more than 140,000 police officers in England and Wales alone and thats not counting Northern Ireland, Scotland or any of the numerous other quasi police organisations we now seem to have.
Many will have had their redundancy notices or be trying to work out how they can do more with less or what exactly the SDSR means by ‘no strategic shrinkage’
Rules of engagement you say, if soldiers can get hounded through the legal system for cracking a few heads in Basra, you know, an actual proper war zone, do these people seriously think anyone in uniform is going to want to be involved on the streets of London.
I can just imagine Human Rights barristers up and down the land are ordering their new Bentley’s as we speak, those common soldiery roughing up law abiding out of hours shoppers going about their normal looting business!
If the armed forces are called upon to support the civil power as described in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and Joint Doctrine Publication 02 (2nd Edition), click here if you want to read it. I also wrote about this a while ago. Perhaps we might ask those on post operational tour leave to pop into work or those waiting to see if the brown envelope is on it’s way to man a barricade.
So please, lets have no more calls for Tommy to start shooting hoodies or providing logistics support for emergency services because the cupboards are bare.
No doubt it will happen though, at least in some minor role, just so the PM can be seen to be on top of things
Always a good time for a spot of Kipling;
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Chuck him out, the brute! ”
But it’s ” Saviour of ‘is country ” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An ‘Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!