Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Police report reveals Blair Peach killer

"Commander Cass's biased and prejudiced report on the killing of Blair Peach was released by the Met Police today. Cass justifies the killing by describing Blair as part of "a rebellious crowd".

Celia Stubbs, Blair Peach's partner stands outside New Scotland Yard today. She still awaits a reply to her request to meet the commissioner.

The six officers with the SPG (the forerunners of today's brutal and equally notorious TSG) are known to be Insp Murray, PC White, PC Richardson, PC Scottow, PC Freestone and PS Lake. Although the published version has been censored by the Met to obscure the truth it seems impossible to avoid the conclusion that Blair Peach was killed by a blow from Inspector Murray's police radio.

More than 30 years on no officer has been charged with the killing or with the many offences committed in the course of the cover up.  No justice, no peace.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Plod for Public Services and Pensions

Bit of an unenthusiastic demo today over welfare, public services and pensions. In the pre election limbo it felt a bit unfocused but it was a nice sunny day and the police kept away.

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Saturday, 3 April 2010

International Pillow Fight Day, London

I love pillow fights, sort of 'riot lite'. A really good workout this afternoon outside St Paul's. Was great to bemuse the tourists and cheered me up after the depressing memorial for poor Ian Tomlinson on Thursday.

All I was wearing is in the wash, I'm still coughing up feathers and now I need to hoover my cameras. Then a large drink and very belated lunch.


Thursday, 1 April 2010

Blair Peach 1979. Ian Tomlinson 2009. No Justice, No Peace.

In 1979 they called them SPG. They got such a bad name for violence, arrogance and untouchability that they changed the name to TSG. They changed nothing else. Thirty years on we still see the same failure to control police violence as the massive cop who batoned Nicola Fisher walks exonerated from court. Back in '79 the cops who killed Blair weren't even charged.

And thirty one years on, the policed still cry for justice. Here Julia Tomlinson, Ian Tomlinson's widow, weeps as she lays flowers with other family members at the spot where Ian died after being attacked by TSG officers.

And after getting on for forty years in this job I'm still walking home with the voices of the bereaved echoing in my ears. "No justice, no peace. No justice, no peace."