Re: I for one argue against Jacob Ginsberg
"No, they just need to step back and let the demonstration continue until and unless it becomes violent."
Unacceptable. They're charged with PREVENTING the violence or the victims blame the police, so they lose either way.
"Meanwhile the cost of policing rises through increases in council taxes, profits through ANPR are soaring and the ACPO have just been criticised by Theresa May for having a share and property portfolio in the tens of millions of pounds, including overseas holiday homes. I'm sure that the reduction in actual police is justified....not."
You should see the LOCAL police budgets. Many of them are tied to local COMMUNITY budgets, and they're stripping to the bone as it is.
"Yeah, we've not militarised them at all. In the US its worse; armoured vehicles, assault weapons, 50cal ammo....Yeah, nothing to worry about at all."
What do you expect after events like the North Hollywood shootout (the two guys packed AK-47s, loads of ammo, and body armor; they weren't crooks but paramilitary) and the rash of assassinations on the job, usually targeting them for no other other than they were there.