Laughing at policemen (all the way to Millbank)

Tomorrow is the Police Federation rally and march down in that there Lunnon.

Apparently coppers aren’t paid enough. Apparently police “regularly face danger in the course of their duties”. Apparently “the demands and requirements of the office of constable cannot be compared with any other occupation”.

So, our clip-on tie-wearing friends in serge have decided that they are, in fact, the horny-handed vanguard of the workers. They are even talking about the possibility of forming a trades union should their noble struggle for “an element of compensation for the move from a private sector index to a public sector index at the most disadvantageous time” be rebuffed by the government – rousing words indeed.

So, should you wish to get behind these brave custodians of the streets and their selfless cause, you can join their demonstration and let them know what you think of them.

It will assemble on Park Lane at the junction with Achilles Way from 10am, and will head towards Millbank via Hyde Park Corner, Grosvenor Place, Lower Grosvenor Place, Bressenden Place, Victoria Street, Artillery Row, Great Peter Street, Marsham Street and Horseferry Road, before dispersing at the Tate.

If you are concerned about the orderliness of the event, you can pop along to the stewards’ briefing at Central Hall at 8.30am (there’ll even be tea and coffee, and come to think of it, probably breakfast doughnuts).

If that still hasn’t set your mind at rest, fear not:

The event will be policed by the Metropolitan Police Public Order Team who are responsible for public safety and public order. Approximately 100 Metropolitan Federation stewards will assist the police to marshall [sic] the rally in accordance with the agreed route and plan. They will be ably assisted by stewards from Federation branch boards.

Don’t you feel safer already?

Well, it seems the porkers themselves are feeling a little nervous:

Our march has received a lot of media attention. It is therefore possible that small groups with any grievance against the police may seek to stage counter demonstrations. The Metropolitan Police are monitoring this, and if need be, will deal with any impromptu protests. We would ask that you do not react to any taunts, do not get involved and allow our Metropolitan colleagues to police as they see appropriate. We do not want other peoples’ protests to become the story of the day.

Ooooooh, narky!

After all, what possible “grievance” might anyone have with the polis?

If you want to find out, well, you could pop along to the ‘Boo A Bobby’ event organised entirely coincidentally by London Class War. Quite by chance they’ve only gone and called it for 11am at Achilles Lane on the very same day!

Similarly, FITwatch* have put out a call for those wishing to ensure that “violent trouble makers and threats to public order, including veterans from J18, Mayday and G8…”** are kept under overt surveillance throughout the day to assemble at the Tyburn pub on the Edgware Road (Marble Arch tube) at 9.30am.

But let’s hope that things go swimmingly for our poor ickle jacks, and that no one deflects attention from their cause, which obviously is more important on every level than, say, pit villages, or the poll tax, or the right to free speech, or poverty…

*That* ATNA Harry Roberts poster…To download a PDF of the Police Federation’s brochure explaining all about why they’re demonstrating, click the picture on the right! (It’s the back cover from an old fanzine, All Talk No Action #3… If you want an A4-sized, 300 dpi copy, go to my Flickr 🙂 )

* FITwatch is a group of concerned citizens who disrupt unlawful, distressing or downright harassing police surveillance units – ‘Forward Intelligence Teams’ – at protests.

** Hint: the ones with the blue flashing lights

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2 responses to “Laughing at policemen (all the way to Millbank)

  1. Pingback: March of the zombies « Bristle’s Blog from the BunKRS

  2. Killer Cop Kill a Cop by Robert Cook April 2009.

    Introduction
    Am/G/Am/G/Em/Am

    Am
    England swings like a pendulum do
    G
    Bobbies on bicycles, two by two
    Am
    Westminster Abbey, the tower of Big Ben
    G Em Am
    The rosie red cheeks of the little children.

    Am G
    To rah loo rah loo rah loo, Ian’s gone, what can we do?
    Am G Em Am
    Too rah loo ra loo ral lay, this is the modern British way

    Am
    City of London, the old square mile,
    G
    Can’t see their faces or fear their smile
    Am
    Politicians talking, man just walking,
    G Em Am
    Ian’s in the news, we know he’s gonna lose.

    Am
    Cops at the rear, he’s feeling the fear
    G
    Dogs close behind, cops are unkind
    Am
    Ian looks down, he starts to frown,
    G Em Am
    Heart missed a beat, danger on the street.

    Am G
    To rah loo rah loo rah loo, Ian’s gone, what can we do?
    Am G Em Am
    Too rah loo ra loo ral lay, this is the modern British way

    Am
    Baton scores a hit, he knows he’s in the s**t.
    G
    Cop squats and lunges, Ian plunges.
    Am
    Lying on the ground, no help around
    G Em Am
    Coppers on the street, knock him off his feet

    Am G
    To rah loo rah loo rah loo, Ian’s gone, what can we do?
    Am G Em Am
    Too rah loo ra loo ral lay, this is the modern British way

    Am
    The uniform they gave him, knows its gonna save him
    G
    Don’t apologise, never compromise
    Am
    Ian’s now departed, widow’s broken hearted,
    G Em Am
    Killers on the loose, hang them with a noose,

    Am
    Cops take no blame, no sense of shame
    G
    Said the man was drinking, unwashed and stinking
    Am
    Said he was no hero, just another zero
    G Em Am
    Coppers on the scene, ain’t no Dock Green

    Am G
    To rah loo rah loo rah loo, there’s nothing more for us to do,
    Am G Em Am
    Too rah loo ra loo ral lay, screw the modern British way.

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