By Jason Moore

ISN´T it a shame that a few bad apples can ruin it for everyone else. A month ago I had some sympathy for students protesting against the increase in fees but after watching the awful scenes in central London on Thursday night I feel that they deserve all they get.

Apart from paying for the increase in fees I also believe that they should be made to pay for the damage caused in central London. Student leaders were quite rightly calling for a “Gandhi” style demonstration, of peaceful protest; instead we had a full blown riot with anarchists trashing parliament square. The situation obviously got out of control and the Metropolitan Police were caught off guard. Their softly-softly approach just allowed the so-called students to run riot. The fact that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were also caught-up in the incident does not show the police in a very good light. The royal protection squad officers were using different radios than the riot police, is the excuse. But don´t they listen to the television or radio which would have told them that students were on the rampage on the same route? The scenes on Thursday night were an absolute disgrace and the police and the students are in the same boat as far as I am concerned. The police failed and so did the students.


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