Odd things have happened during our few days of living under a police state — what else can you call it? — here in Sydney, and while I managed to emerge unscathed from Chinatown yesterday it seems that the day before one of Miranda Devine’s best mates was swept up there by over-zealous boys and girls in blue. And what was the worst thing about it? Why, he isn’t even a Leb! The NSW Police are incapable of stopping the real criminals – the thugs who launched the 2005 revenge attacks on Cronulla, for instance. Furthermore, despite the fact the gigantic overkill was the result of Federal, State and City authorities working together, Miranda opines This is what happens when you appoint underwhelming neophytes, David Campbell as Police Minister and Andrew Scipione as Commissioner. It’s a sign of an emasculated, rudderless police force, with systemic small-man syndrome, acting like bullies in an attempt to cover up weakness, and chronic dysfunction.
I fully understand Miranda’s anger, of course, and think the whole episode was gross. As the news report said: Jailed for jaywalking. It is disgraceful that a man simply going to Yum Cha with his eleven-years-old son would be treated so brutally and have to spend close on 24 hours locked up. I trust he is talking to his lawyers.**
However, if he had been from Macquarie Fields, or was a testosterone-addled Lebanese, I don’t think Miranda would have been complaining…
Not arrested that same day were the following. What interests me, aside from any opportunities it may provide to get a glimpse of some nice cheeks, is the guy near the end of the YouTube dressed in full SBHS prefect gear… I wonder who he is?
WARNING: Those who find butt cheeks more offensive than dead children please refrain from pressing the “start” button. Why they did it.
I love this comment from a patriot (who has, nonetheless, good taste in music, I see): …obviously dont know jack! Rabble rousing minority. I’m amazed the police didnt arrest them all for indecent exposure and throw them in jail. Australia has gone to the dogs!
I put the following YouTube from Shire resident William Le on Journalspace yesterday, but it is worth putting here too. He is a very clever, and very funny, man.
Life in Sydney last Thursday
See also Regrettable Quotes on Denys’s blog. Jim Belshaw has also written about the Greg McLeay story, adding that “Opposition Leader Rudd almost did not make it to the Opera House lunch for Russian president Vladimir Putin at which he was to support Mr Howard’s speech of welcome” (according to Laurie Oakes) because security stopped his motorcade!
Many of the currently 177 views of this post have come from a thread on ZGeek.com which referred people here. One contributor (who is also referenced in a new comment over on Jim Belshaw’s blog) claims to have been only about fifteen metres away from the arrest of Greg McLeay: “I saw this event happen firsthand. Start to finish.”. Go and judge for yourselves. Given the circumstances, I cannot really express a judgement, except to say now we have Miranda’s version and someone else’s version, whose name may not really be Elvis…