I go with the sentiment, if not the terminology.Originally posted by VotePaddick
My mind is made up. Commander Paddick must not be made the tool of any political group. For the action which has been expressed on these pages to be fruitful it must be apolitical!
Originally posted by theoderic
If there's not a pro-Paddick presence visible on the street this weekend, I think we'll have lost the opportunity - not for confrontation, or even obstruction, but to gauge whether the events of the last few months have at all shifted the police-gangs-people power balance, and to consolidate any gains rather than risk losing them.
It sure as hell frightens me.Originally posted by detective-boy
The power and influence, and the ability to corrupt, that the massive wealth gives organised drug dealers is the really scary thing which should concern us all.
I've already made this point about party "badging", pooka, and I think it's been taken.Originally posted by pooka
That a political party?
I'd suggest anybody and everybody should be encouraged to turn up regardless of party politics or ideological loyalties- it's concern for our community that matters and I honestly don't think that's restricted to any particular party. In this matter, I'd stand beside anyone from unreconstructed Thatcherites to turbulent Trots.....but I wouldn't stand under their banner. I suspect that might be a common view - "badging" with a parties colours is more likely to alienate support than attract it.