Boris and his friends are snapping up an opportunity to purchase three second-hand water canons from the German police, beating their chest and priding themselves of £2.3 million saved in comparison to the purchase of new equipment. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-27781673)
This is exactly the problem, can’t they see? Why not, for a change, work on the reasons which make people protest, on the causes of unrest? Fighting back never works, oppression always backfires.
I do not endorse any form of violence, least of all violence by the state. I somehow hope this backfires, though. At least it shows what government thinks of the people it governs: riff-raff, needs to be disciplined, beaten down, locked away.
- Boris Johnson to buy three water cannon for Metropolitan police (theguardian.com)
- Met police will have water cannon by this summer if Boris Johnson has his way (independent.co.uk)