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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

"Who watches the watchmen?"

Today some 5,000 angry, slogan-chanting police officers marched to Parliament House (Sydney), in uniform, protesting against cuts to their injury compensation entitlements.

Had they emailed me, I would have been right there beside them (again). I'm nothing if not a willing rent-a-crowdist for the underdogs.

But here's what amused the hell out of me:

All of the protests I have attended had a serious and menacing police presence keeping a close watch to ensure the protest "behaved". However, here were these 5,000 shouting, angry, uniformed protesters marching on Parliament House, led by a police car with flashing lights, and yet there was no menacing police or soldiers there to glare contemptiously at them to ensure that they "behaved"?


Wait till I see them at "our" next protest... [chuckle]


Blogger phil said...

Also see sauce, goose, gander, etc, in Latin if need be.

November 22, 2011 10:01 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...


Your mind is way too oblique for me to scrute, Phil. :-)

November 22, 2011 11:40 PM  
Blogger AndrewM said...

I rather like living in a country where 5,000 angry shouting protesters ARMED WITH GUNS march on the State Parliament and no-one raises an eyebrow, no-one calls out the militia, no-one scrambles fighter jets, no-one hustles the Premier down to the safe room. In fact, had he chosen to address them, he could have done so without the slightest fear of being shot.

November 23, 2011 8:31 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Sorry to disappoint you, Andrew, but the news said they had left their guns back at their respective stations. And they weren't carrying star pickets either. :-)

November 23, 2011 9:35 AM  
Blogger AndrewM said...


Howsybout this:

' Blue Uniformed Thugs Known As Blueshirts Terrorise Sydney Streets. A witness who was only prepared to reveal his first name as Gerry, for fear of reprisals, said:

" It was terrible. The streets were full of thousands of Blueshirts with handcuffs, tasers and firearm holsters. There was no police presence at all. These thugs could have done anything with impunity." '

November 23, 2011 4:56 PM  
Blogger AndrewM said...

Also, in reference to Phil's post: "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." Principle of reciprocity, in fact. What's so difficult to scrute about that?

@phil: I dare you to post it in Latin :-)

November 23, 2011 5:07 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

These outbreaks of frivolity will be dealt with severely.



November 23, 2011 5:43 PM  

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