Bubble in the desert

A blog I started whilst on a GE "Bubble" assignment in Nevada. I'm back in Cambridge (UK) now but still miss the desert and my friends out there.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

G20 Policing - undercover police placed to incite the crowd

I read about this over the weekend and was really shocked. I hope we get to the bottom of whether the Met placed undercover Police within the crowd to incite them.


"An MP who was involved in last month's G20 protests in London is to call for an investigation into whether the police used agents provocateurs to incite the crowds."

Liberal Democrat Tom Brake says he saw what he believed to be two plain-clothes police officers go through a police cordon after presenting their ID cards.

Brake, who along with hundreds of others was corralled behind police lines near Bank tube station in the City of London on the day of the protests, says he was informed by people in the crowd that the men had been seen to throw bottles at the police and had encouraged others to do the same shortly before they passed through the cordon.

Brake, a member of the influential home affairs select committee, will raise the allegations when he gives evidence before parliament's joint committee on human rights on Tuesday.

"When I was in the middle of the crowd, two people came over to me and said, 'There are people over there who we believe are policemen and who have been encouraging the crowd to throw things at the police,'" Brake said. But when the crowd became suspicious of the men and accused them of being police officers, the pair approached the police line and passed through after showing some form of identification."

I look forward to waiting to that one to unfold.

Vote Lib Dem!

This is a new thing for me but perhaps it is time for me to join with a lot of the rest of Cambridge and vote Lib Dem.

I really like my local MP. He bothered to meet me to discuss our Allotment Petition and offered us lots of ideas. He encouraged us to have a council hearing following a sufficiently large petition (a scheme he pioneered). After reading it he even signed it. David Howarth is a good bloke.

He is also an MP living outside London who does not claim a second home but prefers to commute by train.

A good bloke, an active politician who is not a crook. He's got my vote.