Anarchists and other kooks are protesting the G20 meeting in London, many of them lawlessly. Demonstrators broke into and looted a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland. This footage from the Telegraph shows anarchists menacing a large force of British police, who react passively:
One wonders whether British police have reached the regrettable stage at which they are capable only of terrorizing the law-abiding but are helpless in the face of actual law-breakers.
I did like, though, this response from some office workers in the City:
They were met by derision from City workers, who waved Â£10 notes from their offices at marchers on the streets below.
UPDATE: This photo is from the attack on the Royal Bank of Scotland; the “protester” is hurling a computer terminal stolen from the bank:
In this photo, taken outside the Bank of England, a policeman has just been hit with a burning object:
This kind of thing really can’t be permitted. When I was much younger I participated in a number of demonstrations, all of them, I now think, misguided. But it never would have occurred to us, in those days, that we could attack police officers in this manner with impunity.