Sunday, October 11, 2009

Again?

I have been away from the Metropolis for a week or so now,unfortunately this latest 'storming of Parliament' by Greenpeace catches my eye.

If I am honest I am not really driven by the thought of the safety of the incumbents of this hallowed House on the Thames,shuffling back after the 'Summer?'recess. However the latest incursion on what is apparently a secure site is an embarrassment for the Met.

A personal opinion is that we either do this properly ie 24/7, in your face type of stuff and no-one gets near or we just accept the fact that if someone really wants to they can get in/on the Parliament roof/Big Ben etc and publicise/unfurl whatever banner they want.

If we are going to accept that fact then lets just organise it properly. A list, say every other Wednesday and Friday with Health and Safety organising the walkways and banner attachments on the roof. A small fee to cover costs perhaps.

The problem is that, it would appear, at current arrangements, at some point those breaching that 'line' will not be an irritating but well intentioned member of the public with a cause, but someone with far worse intentions.

2 Comments:

Blogger Blue Eyes said...

These regular scalings do bring the security of parliament into disrepute. Those enormous concrete barriers that make the whole area feel like a police state seem to add nothing to the actual prevention of attack. If Greenpeace and Fathers 4 Justice can get up there, surely people with explosives could too if they wanted.

I think we should stop pretending that we can beat "terrorism" by building walls.

4:36 AM  
Anonymous bunk said...

As reported, it does seem that they 'overwhelmed' the police. The police were there and watching. I would imagine that if various nefarious types were to try something similar they would quickly be acquainted with Mr Heckler and Mr Koch.

7:52 AM  

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