TO the dismay of many of his Labour rivals, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been perusing the water cannon catalogue so the city is kitted up in readiness for any future London rioting. Hackney MP Diane Abbott, for example, said on This Week last night: “Water cannons on the streets of Hackney are not the way forward.”
You don’t have to look too far to find a similar sentiment in the usual online comment harbours. But what if you swapped the names in those angry comment pieces from that of the Tory Mayor to that of a Labour MP, who is often viewed, certainly after her famous Thatcher tirade, as a polar opposite. You’d have a CIF piece titled: Glenda Jackson’s call for water cannon shows a contempt for the people surprise you?
It might sound odd but when London actually was rioting – above is a snap from a horrible night in Camden Town – our Hampstead and Kilburn MP seemed to be of a similar view and actually called for the army to intervene.
“Don’t give credence to the argument that these are deprived children,” Glenda said, in comments about the rioters, which not all of the Labour Hampstead branch members agreed with.
“They all have Blackberries. It’s time to send in the army and the water cannons. It has been too softly softly so far. And where are the parents? This is just kids having a bloody good time and it is utterly unacceptable. You don’t shit on your own doorstep. It is just disrespectful and disgusting. These kids have simply lost it. They are terribly brave as a group but they are bloody cowards.”
Maybe journalist campaigner Conrad Landin tweeted it best: