• August 16, 2011 10:43 PM BST

    David Cameron is now proposing, engaging the help of an american specilaist, regarding gang culture and rioting,    What Experticse can an american bring to the UK Police and our laws.    (1) Our police are not armed    (2)   the rules of engagement here have to be approved at government level.    (3)   Whilst not doubting his abilty in dealing with the same circumstances in the USA, things here are far removed from what he is used to, millions of dollars will not be made available to him for additional manpower.    (4)  Will the UK police resent the inference that he knows best and they basicall will appear second rate, needing to be shown how to do things.    the delays in dealing with the riots was the police waiting for the government to issue instructions as to a form of rules of engagemnt.   The enforcement of the  Riot Act is not within the remit of the UK Police, but the secretary of state.    And finally  (5)    Will these usurpers of law  and order, Thieving Robbing (scum bags)  See this appointment as a challenge, knowing that he will still be a government puppet.   He will not be given Carte Blanche,    


    Just another big fat salary for basically nothing,    Same as the bloke that was supposed to sort out London Transport. g.

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    August 17, 2011 3:20 AM BST

     All countries engage specialists from other countries - for a variety of reasons and situations. This person may be able to help in many small ways and he is certainly not going to "run the show". I have personally consulted to the British Military from time to time. It doesn't mean that I have had any say in the use of the end-product.

     It is obvious that the UK has a problem with these "scum bags" - as you call them, and at this point, I would think that any specialist in this type of situation should be at least "listened" to. The British Government is not obligated to follow all (or any) of his advice in any way.

     Just a thought - how much does it cost the UK to support all the "fat-cats" that represent them in the EU?

  • August 17, 2011 7:32 AM BST

    Cassandra, whilst I agree with some of your post I'd just like to point out that this Guy is coming over to the UK as an unpaid adviser.





  • August 19, 2011 1:14 AM BST

    Did you know that when the Former Soviet Union broke up, they requested assistance from the US in 2 areas:


    1) The IRS (Our Federal TAx Authority)  to help them with tax collection approaches.

    2) The FBI to discuss strategies on battling Organized Crime groups.


    So it's not at all unusual for governments to have consultants come in and discuss ideas.    (Not commenting on the merit of the discussions, however).