Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Flame grilled?

Good to see the lads and lasses of the MET getting stuck in over the decidedly long haul of the Olympic Torch via the streets of London to its destination...er .. Downing Street?
Fair play to the teams keeping up with the torch itself. I would be pulling up for a cough and a spit after about 4 miles myself.
For those on duty that would be a helluva haul.

Sadly despite our best efforts to keep the flame alive, it ends up the other side of the channel and apparently gets extinguished three times.

A previous post makes positive about French old bill response to disorder

However despite my disquiet I would like to point out that this has nothing to do with the protest. This is purely a French response to a European Commission directive 612233456A which dictates that there should not be a naked flame of this size if the surrounding crowd capacity exceeds the average of 32.7 Kilogramme per cubic metre.
OK, I cant be sure ...it might be Directive 612233456B

Fortunately the rank and file in MET don't care about such things and when we are given a job to do it gets done(Aka 'That's my flame fella don't try it').

The media are in a bit of a turmoil at the moment.Are we again the heavy handed foot soldiers of the oppressive state?

Was it the visit from China last time when there was such a furore over the police tactics that there was an enquiry? It was decided it was down to 'over zealous' actions of the junior ranks.....This was from those sitting on the summit of Mount Teflon.
I hope that the conclusions from this event are that those on the ground did what they had to do try and make this Government sponsored 'spectacular' work

We'll see.

5 Comments:

Blogger PCSO Bloggs said...

I remember listening to the first interview from that blue peter presenter.

The studio asked her if she was hurt in the bundle and did she think it was a bit heavy handed.

Here reply was that she didn’t really know who did what and who was to blame. I found myself shouting at the TV “the bloke that tried to grade the bloody torch off you was to blame FFS!

4:47 AM  
Blogger Officer Dibble said...

PCSO Bloggs
FFS!
Fair Flame Supervision?
Thanks for your comments.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Stuka said...

Konnie Huq's face when the protester reached out was a picture of brilliance.
It was undoubtedly wrong that he did what he did in the first place, but saying that the issue in Tibet does need addressing. Admittedly though, whether we should force our athletes (who may be training for their one and only window for Olympic glory) to boycott the games, is an almost empty gesture with few benefits. An Olympic Games without britain attending is simply that, nobody else will do it.

Don't get me wrong, we should be addressing the issue far more than we currently are... but I don't believe that the Olympics is a good way to go about it.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Officer Dibble said...

Stuka
Fair point.
I always have this image of the Torch bearer from old film footage.
Sinewy athletes running past cheering crowds with no more protection than a white vest and shorts and a smile on their face.

How times have changed.

Thanks for your comment

3:39 PM  
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