Sunday, November 16, 2008

On the playing fields of Eton...

As many regular readers will know, your humble Devil attended a certain famous public school and—whilst it was most certainly not composed of genteel* chaps doffing their top hats to one another (it was more cut-glass cries of "kill the little fucker", as I recall)—one certainly would not view Eton and its surrounding environs to be near anarchy.

I have read some stories of certain types of people causing trouble in Windsor, to be sure, but I simply cannot see this wee place as requiring massive police precautions.

Naturally, given the fascist tendencies of our government and the hysterical nature of the populace—egged on, as they are, by the Daily Hate and its ilk—it seems that I am wrong; yes, for a pupil at the aforementioned school has sent me the following missive...
Notices have gone up around Eton (and some parts of Windsor) saying that the area is under a "Dispersion Zone". They explain this is because of some kind of crime wave (although I don't know of anything of the sort...), but what concerns me is that it says the police are authorized to "disperse groups of more than three people".

There are armed police on the streets.

What the fuck is going on? Do you know anything about "Dispersion Zones"? Am I missing something or did I miss the news about the UK becoming dictatorship?

Well, given your tender age, you may well have missed that meeting: some would say that it happened in May 1997 and culminated in the election of an extremely nasty government. Your humble Devil would, of course, venture the opinion that the wheels were set in motion a long time before that.

Would anyone be able to give this young chap some more information on the dispersal orders (I seem to remember something like this coming up a couple of years ago under ASBO proposals)?

Oh, and would anyone like to join me for a Memorial Service for the Right To Free Assembly...?

And, after that, how about we lock all 646 MPs in the House of Commons (provided that the fuckers can be bothered to turn up, of course) and then burn them to ashes? Just for a bit of a giggle, you understand.

Fucking hell, but I hate these cunts and their lackeys...

* UPDATE: thanks to John B for pointing out this error...

17 comments:

Blue Eyes said...

It's odd, because while the dispersal zones are quite heavy-handed they are very difficult to get set up and maintained. They are usually restricted to very small geographic areas such as a particular estate or street.

eu007 said...

Isn't Eton near the castle? It's quite possible they've heard of a terrorist plot against that place isn't it?

steveg said...

I agree that this is rather worrying that an assebly of more than 3 people can be dispersed - so if I get in a queue at the supermarket checkout I may have a problem? Can I still go to church? I presume then the going to watch my team ply footie is well out of order.

The sooner they are out the better - then we may be able to get techers in at Eton who can teach the pupils there correct spelling and when not to use the Americanisation "ize" (never in other words)

Cheers

Steve

Ian B said...

If we seek a defined starting point of the British police state (and that's always a matter of degree, of course) it's probably Thatcher's use of the police against the miners, hippies at stonehenge, addled youngsters dancing in fields and so on. New Lab just pushed a bit harder on the accelerator, is all. And the Tories aren't going to roll it back even a teeny bit, not a smidge, if anyone's hoping for some relief after the next election.

John B said...

"whilst it was most certainly not composed of gentile chaps doffing their top hats to one another"

Jewish chaps doffing their yarmulkes, then?

VG said...

Just saying hi to everyone -- I sent the e-mail, mainly because I thought I should tell -someone- about this ridiculous thing.

@blue eyes: I know -- I've discovered that it's an application of the ASB Act, but from what I've seen it's only been applied on small scales. This dispersal zone is enormous -- it covers the area of a medium-sized town.

@steveg: I blame it on my US English spellcheck.

Little Black Sambo said...

There is nothing specifically American about spelling "authorize" with a Z, though some people regard it as old-fashioned. OUP use "-ize" in their publications.

hsld said...

My village was made the subject of a dispersal order a couple of years ago. It ran for 6 months.
I don't know the fine details, but basically it gave the cops powers to break up groups of kids and take them home.
Did it make the village better ? yes, it did - much better.
Did the trouble resume when the order ended ? no, it didn't - some sort of cycle seems to have been broken ( although I doubt it will last forever )

The whole thing is ludicrous of course. When I was a teenager there were social conventions embedded in society that prevented us getting too big for our 14 hole Dr Marten boots.
Now that socialism has destroyed those conventions only the state can impose order ( when it feels like it )

Quite frankly I don't care about lofty ideals of liberty. The underclass don't deserve and can't cope with liberty.
All I want is to be able to go to the chip shop without having to fight a gang of pissed up 14 year olds.

Blue Eyes said...

@VG - perhaps it would be worth looking to see what the process is for getting the zone dispersed!

Little Black Sambo said...

Some erstwhile harmless market towns now need death squads operating at night.

Guy Wheeler said...

Section 30 of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 allows police and the Local Authority to set up dispersal zones provided 'significant and persistent antisocial behaviour has occurred in the locality and that intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress has been caused to members of the public, by the presence or behaviour of groups in that locality'

A zone was set up where I work a couple of years ago, but the notices they are required to display claimed that groups in residential premises could be broken up. After much letter writing I got a response from a police inspector admitting that the Act only applies to public places and that their Legal Services Department had previously drawn attention to the error, but the notices had been printed without correction.

hsld would do well to pay a little more attention to 'lofty ideals of liberty'.

hsld said...

It wouldn't bother me if the cops took them away and gave them a 9mm headache tablet, as long as they stopped the little fuckers making decent peoples lives a misery.

whoops said...

someone slightly paranoid might suspect that one of the reasons the state had encouraged the growth of the underclass was to foster the acceptance of these measures.

Winston said...

My local MP wrote to me to ask for support to set up one of these dispersal things in our village, he called it an Anti Social Behaviour Action Area. Remarkably this idea came to him about 3 weeks prior to the last general election.

I wrote back to tell him it was an idiotic idea that would stigmatise the entire village causing house values to fall and put off decent people from buying in the area meaning things would only get worse. And why did he want to impose this measure on us? Because a few kids hang around in the bus stop of an evening. Although in reality it was of course to make him look tough on crime and disorder right before the GE. Cock. he didn't like this, in fact he got very uppity when I accused him of using the subject for election purposes.

ENGLISHMAN said...

This seems to have been around for a long time,even in the sixties three people constituted a crown and the stazi were more than happy to get heavy and move you on,i was also assualted by a big fat sargeant for "playing" a jews harp in the street despite my protestations that i had no musical apptitude whatsoever.

ENGLISHMAN said...

that should be "CROWD"

Darren said...

I suspect the origins of this may have come from the last Tory govt and their attempts to discourage people from attending raves. i can't recall the name of the bill they introduced but I have vague recollections of it prohibiting public gatherings of more than 3 people.

Update: Just did a bit of a search around. This could be the origin:
http://www.urban75.org/legal/cja.html