For the Olympic Games, 13,500 troops will supplement the police presence.
Given the behaviour of this government, and of the Met, one is forced to wonder how swiftly thereafter they will be redeployed? Or will they?
Wouldn’t this be a wonderful opportunity to have troops permanently stationed in the capital, for the express purpose of putting down demos, marches, occupations, and other overt objections to Cameron’s fuckuppery?
It would be too obvious for Cameron – never mind Theresa May, she’s a joke – to specifically bring in troops to bolster the Met, break a few heads without screams of police brutality (brutality? But they’re squaddies, it’s what they do; serves you right for being there…), but to retain a few thousand once they’re already installed, to be his private army, well, that’s a whole different ball game.
It will, of course, be claimed to be in the public interest, but the only interests that will be served are those of a few ex Bullingdonians and their cronies.