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Government’s confrontation with the police?

If the response to the riots fails to eradicate social derision it could permanently curtail the credence of future governance.

Recalling parliament for the emergency debate, divided opinion as leading politicians criticised the police for acting too slowly. When, in fact, they were gathering intelligence, proof reflects in the 2000 arrests, and all the prosecutions are testimony the police were in control?

The Prime Minister is anxious to engage former New York police commissioner William Bratton. His attraction, he is renowned for zero tolerance, and is supposedly the Master at breaking-down-gang-culture.

Mr Cameron is eager to enlist him, rather like 1983, when Margaret Thatcher enrolled Ian McGregor to chair the National Coal Board. The idea behind his appointment was to severely downsize the coal industry.

Government is keen to oversee a 20% reduction to policing costs, but are funding cuts achievable on that scale without compromising public safety?

Popular opinion insists anyone convicted of a public order offence and lives in social housing should be evicted from their homes forfeiting housing benefit. Such action would disqualify them from welfare entitlements; as residential addresses are a requirement to claim benefits.

Also, scores of homeless families will be prevented from renting private properties as references and hefty deposits are required, hence thousands of destitute citizens would become scavengers plundering to satisfy their hunger.

The streets will never be safe again; residents will live in fear of being attacked by marauding bandits. Civil unrest would become the national trait. Enforcement of such statues will reduce the broken society to a lawless state.

Nigel J Starbuck

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