Police officers have said they “dread” working at Notting Hill Carnival amid calls for it to be moved to Hyde Park and become a ticketed event. Seven people were stabbed at the event on Monday evening, in what organisers called “horrifying behaviour”.And what everyone else calls 'what other sort of behaviour did you expect?'...
“Every Tuesday after the August bank holiday, I have the same conversations about Notting Hill Carnival,” Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation which represents rank and file officers, told The Times.
“I’ve done it year after year after year after year. It’s beyond absurd what’s going on.”
Correct! So what do you plan to do?
Mr Marsh, along with many other police officers, believes that the event should be moved to a private open space, which would mean the police are no longer responsible for its security.
Gosh! I wish if I found part of my job really challenging, I could demand to have some other poor sod do it instead....
How would moving Carnival to Hyde Park change the policing requirement? Plod would still have to respond to stabbings and all the other criminality, wouldn't they? Even in these degraded times, I don't see them letting the stabbies get on with it and leaving G4S just to mop up the blood and manage orderly queuing at the drug stalls.
No-one will ever have the guts to ban it, it's their culture "innit".
Actually I could support this, at least a bit, Why? because the usual suspects are, doing what they always do, profiting and then expecting the rest of us to pay for it all.
Maybe charging 'them' for the costs they cause would at least limit the parasites a little (wishful thinking as it would 'obviously' be deemed rasiss).
Even when I lived/worked in London I avoided the tribal "bloodletting" because I saw enough of the results (working in Lewisham Hospital, and I've never had a happier moment than when I finally left Mogadishu on the Thames) to reveal the reality of "carnival".
Plod will then come down hard on the organisers and fine them for rowdy behavior and lack of control. Then remove their license so they get the blame.
Plod really are useless. Is anything government related fit for purpose today.
Perhaps the "carnival" (riot?) could continue as it is, but only if the organisers could produce an insurance policy to cover the cost of extra Police investigations into the murders, assaults, rapes, and thefts which seem to happen each time? A bond paid to the local authority to cover the cost of cleaning up, and disposing of the drug paraphenalia would also help. Of course, it will never happen as the mere suggestion will be seen as racist.
Move it (with one-way tickets) to Jamaica
@ Ed P
"How would moving Carnival to Hyde Park change the policing requirement?"
Maybe because it could be controlled better?
"Maybe charging 'them' for the costs they cause would at least limit the parasites a little..."
Yes, it's why I'm in favour of it.
" Is anything government related fit for purpose today."
I'm beginning to think the answer's 'No'....
"...but only if the organisers could produce an insurance policy to cover the cost of extra Police investigations into the murders, assaults, rapes, and thefts which seem to happen each time?"
As I said in an earlier comment thread, make the premium refundable if no trouble occurs. They can police themselves, then!
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