So the civil libertairians are up in arms that aÃ‚Â leadingÃ‚Â QC has suggested that one of the powers open to police officers in dealing with rioters is the use of live bullets.
This is a non starter for several reasons, firstly, there isn’t much chance of finding a police officer who has any bullets within Ã‚Â thirty minutes of the need to use them. Secondly, there is no way on God’s earth that MPs would run the risk of allowing police officers to fully protect members of the public or themselves, with the right tools for the job.
The thought does have some attractions though. Rioters are free to break into anyone’s property, loot it and set fire to it even though there are people asleep in the flats above, because they know the UK police do not have the resources to deal with them. The thought that they might actually be stopped and arrested is one so far divorced from reality that they must laugh at it.
I wonder how many of them would have set fire to buildings knowing that they could be shot by a police sniper on a roof down the road?