I pay my taxes for the police to keep law and order in this country.
... but not at any cost? Most Police will stay within the confines of the law in exercising their duties and that is right and proper. But if they step outside they too are also breaking the law and should be given due process.
Sadly the Police are often given the harsh environments of dealing with political fallout - look at what happened in the Miner's strikes - and you always get over zealous policing. But I have never been in that environment of seeing a mob coming at me, throwing bottles of urine and petrol at me, and throwing bricks. I think I could be over zealous and heavy handed in my own defence if I had to be. I hope I am never put to that test.
The attacks on Charles and Camilla were despicable. The attacks on the Police were despicable. The attacks on innocent people are despicable too. There can never be a place in a civilised society for such anarchy and lawlessness can there? On either side?
I am sure we will see lots more as other cuts are made and we see the weak and vulnerable attacked by a policies who seem intent on rewarding loyal workers with the sack, the sick and the infirm with more hardship, and the elderly and young sent toward poverty. All this at a time when the rich continue to get richer and bonuses protected.
The world is far from fair even in so called civilised nations :-(