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Given that the Conservatives have always tried to paint themselves as the “law and order” party and biggest friends of the police force, this is more than embarassing – it’s a Tory disaster:
Thousands of off-duty police officers took to the streets in London on Thursday in a rare display of anger against government austerity, joining a protest by public sector workers including immigration officials, healthcare workers and prison officers.
Unions predicted some 400,000 public sector workers would walk out, a smaller protest than in November when Britain saw the biggest strike in years, but a significant show of discontent just after Prime Minister David Cameron’s government took a drubbing at local elections.
The government said only about 150,000 had taken part and dismissed the action as “futile”. Cabinet Office minister Frances Maude said, “public services were mainly unaffected”.
However, the sight of some 30,000 police officers marching through London will be embarrassing for Cameron’s centre-right Conservatives, who pride themselves on being the party of law and order.
Thirty thousand is close to a quarter of all the police officers in England and Wales. Mark my words, Cameron’s headed for a Last Days Of Thatcher scenario – ousted by his own party’s rats to save themselves.