View Full Version : Ban protests to save money says Tory AM

Magda Hassan
11-21-2010, 06:55 AM
Ban protests to save money says Tory AM (http://torytroll.blogspot.com/2010/07/ban-protests-to-save-money-says-steve.html)

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ScB0Fp-2pr4/TElUdGC5G6I/AAAAAAAADHY/unrsDGDk6wg/s400/g20.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ScB0Fp-2pr4/TElUdGC5G6I/AAAAAAAADHY/unrsDGDk6wg/s1600/g20.jpg)A Conservative London Assembly Member has called for bans on protests in the capital, in order to save money.

Steve O'Connell, one of the highest paid councillors in the country (http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23857940-councillor-on-pound-118500-a-year-says-im-good-value-for-money.do), said yesterday that we could no longer afford the "luxury" of demonstrations:

"The point I'm making here is in the new era of very difficult financial choices are we able to continue with the luxury of demonstrations going forward in a very liberal manner with a small 'l' and commit the costs that we have in the past? I don't believe we can afford to go forward in that way."

Speaking to the Metropolitan Police Authority, O'Connell said that policing protests would no longer be seen as a "priority" by residents:

"Should we not actually be considering whether we can continue offering the [policing] service to these demonstrations? Should we not have a situation where we get to the stage where if the funding isn't there to provide the service, we should be having a conversation with the organisers where we say "you cannot have your event because we do not have the resources to fund it"?

The huge costs of the Tamil protests were widely objected (http://www.london.gov.uk/media/press_releases_assembly_member/news-brian-coleman-coleman-criticises-expense-tamil-protests) to last year and the cost of managing the Parliament Square protests were also used as a justification for a ban (http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23855250-health-fears-as-parliament-square-sewer-camp-costs-taxpayer-pound-250000.do).

And with 25%- 40% cuts on their way the Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said yesterday that it would be "absurd" to suggest that the force would not shrink.

Yet O'Connell's comments come as the government anticipates widespread protests and civil unrest against these cuts.

As Labour MPA member Toby Harris wrote on his blog yesterday (http://www.lordtobyharris.org.uk/the-big-society-in-action-ban-demonstrations-says-tory-london-assembly-member/):

"The Coalition Government knows how problematic some of their policies are going to be, particularly as the massive cuts in public services start to take effect.

They also know how convenient it will be if dissent can be suppressed in the name of cost saving.

Steve OíConnell was clearly flying a kite on behalf of the Coalition. He certainly hasnít been slapped down by more senior members of his Party."

Now Harris may be getting slightly ahead of himself here.

But with police cuts already coming (http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23858930-ken-livingstone-we-need-more-night-police.do) could government austerity increasingly be used as a justification for restricting personal liberty?

Peter Lemkin
11-21-2010, 09:16 AM
Best [:flute::aetsch::hello::bootyshake:] 'reason' I ever heard for curtailing demonstrations - a clever new line in neo-fascist rationale.....it is too expensive to have a democracy.....a dictatorship and police state is cheaper.....it DOES have a certain ring........:thumpdown:

David Guyatt
11-21-2010, 10:26 AM
Sickening. But I can see it gradually folding into our daily lives in the future.

Jan Klimkowski
11-22-2010, 08:33 PM

A Conservative London Assembly Member has called for bans on protests in the capital, in order to save money.

These goons really can't keep their filthy mouths shut....

Ed Jewett
11-22-2010, 09:48 PM
A tragi-comic farce ...

'We find it will be cheaper simply to have your leadership appointed, thus saving us millions in campaign costs, election expenses, and those pricey celebratory parties.'

Magda Hassan
11-23-2010, 03:38 AM
Notice they're not saying to ban the Monarchy as it is too expensive.

Peter Lemkin
11-23-2010, 05:02 AM
Taken to its logical extreme, I guess one could make a logical if not ethical arguement that it would save money to end health care, cancel all elections, stop rubbish removal, have the police shoot all suspects, rather than arrest and try them, have NO public services, etc. They never had it so good,:embarassed: and its only going to get better! :party: Fascism can be fun :rock: