Nip it in the bud? Yeah right …

That caps it all …

Twice today I have heard, or heard of, senior police officers describing their redoubled efforts in a rather played down manner. One of these officers, Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers told the BBC that police are trying “their level best to contain what is the unexplained and unprecedented levels of violence in London” and asserted “We’ve got to nip this in the bud”.

Countless cars littered the streets, overturned and on fire; shops, railway stations, warehouses, supermarkets and even a police station have been set on fire; hundreds of people have been firebombed out of their homes and looting is widespread and the police describe their effort as ‘nipping it in the bud’? This is a full blown, bloodied bouquet, Sir Hugh – it’s not a bud that I have ever seen.


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