Tuesday, October 19, 2004
I was in London yesterday for a meeting in the House of Commons. Having read Sandra Gidley's blog and spoken to people who were there last week I was expecting a virtual police state, but it was not that bad. There was undoubtedly more police officers about, a lot of guns and quite a few sirens and Police motorbikes in a hurry but things seemed to have settled down. Everybody was good humoured and friendly and getting in was not too bad. The defence of democracy is very important but it would be nice if we had this sort of police resource to put into local communities as well (without the guns obviously).