I thank Dr Alf for reblogging the Guardian article entitled: Fracking protesters gather for six-day camp as Balcombe drilling suspended . Dr Alf is right to focus attention on the Sussex Police.
The Sussex Constabulary have already sent out the wrong signal by saying that the perimeter could be breached and this will embolden the assorted anarchists and so called environmentalists who will no doubt descend on Balcombe if Cuadrilla continues to drill.
We, as a country, cannot be dictated to by protesters who offer no alternatives to our energy shortage other than blackouts and calls for renewables and conservation which will not deal with the problem in time. This is a time for bold and decisive action, not appeasement and kowtowing to people who are impediments to national progress and energy security.
The police and the Chief Constable of Sussex should start doing their jobs by policing and if necessary “locking down” the anarchist /environmentalist encampment.
Then, if there is even a hint of a move on Balcombe, the protesters should be stopped from entering the village and if they become troublesome they should be arrested en masse, removed and charged with obstructing the highway and disturbing the Queen’s peace.
Police from neighbouring counties need to be brought in, just as they were in the Miners Strike in the 1980’s if the protesters become too numerous for the Sussex police to deal with.
If those numbers are insufficient, then the Army Reserves should be issued with police uniforms and required to get the job done, as happened in the Miners Strike under Margaret Thatcher.
The costs of policing, if matters turn violent, should be applied in full to those protesting and causing trouble through their “direct action” and their organisations and others like the Co-op Bank which is probably funding them, made subject to sequestration of assets and money.
Badge of the Sussex Police (Photo credit: Wikipedia)