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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Boris Johnson on "kettling" protestors

Police should consider reintroducing the "kettling" of protestors following the scenes at Conservative Party Headquarters last week, Boris Johnson said yesterday.

Tory AM Gareth Bacon told the Mayor that the controversial method of confining protestors was "tremendously effective" and had only been stopped due to "howls of anguish" from the left.


The use of kettling was put under review by the Met last year following heavy criticism of its use during the G20 demonstrations. 

The Mayor said that the Met should investigate whether the "pendulum was allowed to swing too far" in the direction of protestor's rights.

7 comments:

Old Father Thames said...

Police should consider reintroducing the "kettling" of protestors following the scenes at Conservative Party Headquarters last week, Boris Johnson said yesterday.

As the video clip shows, Boris didn't really quite say that. Indeed he seemed to be doing a fairly decent impression of someone being relatively reasonably, given the angle the questioner was coming from.

AdamB said...

Come on that's exactly the implication of what he's saying, reasonable or not.

mark c said...

according to this blog post at the LRB, people were kettled

http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2010/11/15/flo-neve/still-singing/

greg tingey said...

Everybody smearing everyone else are they?

What did Boris actually SAY - not what did you think you fondly imagined him to say .....

Anonymous said...

Give it a few more Demonstrations and I suspect that the Police will be instructed by this so called Coalition Government to get Tough and use Extreme Force! and we all know what that means because this Coalition is Hell bent on a Seriously Radical Approach.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ, he said nothing of the sort.

AdamB said...

Boris was on LBC this morning with Nick Ferrari:

NF: Do you like kettling? Do you think kettling works?

BJ: Let me tell you I think that the crowd control measures that the Commissioner puts in that the Met generally use are sensible and some people call it kettling that's not a term that the police recognise...

NF: So containment works?

...[waffle] it certainly worked the other day.