Police Sacrificed upon the Altar of Political Correctness?

According to Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, the Notting Hill Carnival should not be allowed "to carry on regardless" after 31 officers were injured during the latest two-day event.

He said officers had blood spat on them, were splashed with a "potentially acidic substance" and had bottles and other objects thrown at them.

He accused the force of treating the statistics on injuries to officers as "almost a matter of fact. As if this is the norm. As if this is acceptable. It is none of the above. It is a disgrace. ... They have families, they have homes to go to. This is not normal. This is not acceptable."

There were 12 arrests on Monday for an assault on a police officer, and five on Sunday. There was a total of 313 arrests at the carnival, compared with 454 last year, although police have stressed that there were some 656 arrests in pre-emptive raids on alleged drug dealers and suspected gang members.

The Huffington Post claim that the £6 million policing cost has to be placed in context against what they claim is the £93 million the event adds to London's economy, but when I mentioned this £93 million to Ken Marsh he very much doubted its veracity, asking, "Who says so?"

As to my suggestion that ordinary coppers were being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness he replied, "I couldn't possibly comment!"

One Ladbroke Grove resident of the past 17 years said, "about 10 years ago it started to get really grotesque, ... it felt like a bunch of people coming to get drunk and take drugs and peeing everywhere".

It's not bad news all round though - according to The Guardian, whilst the coppers were having a hard time a group of "young people" deemed at risk of getting caught up in crime and disorder during the Notting Hill Carnival were removed from the area and invited to a watersports weekend at a cost of £1,000 each!

Fifteen young people aged from 13 to 17 were selected for the trip, which cost Kensington and Chelsea Council £20,000. The Council said the Alternative to Carnival Engagement (ACE) project was an effective way of protecting vulnerable young people from harm.