In our monthly interview with Andrew Mackinlay we discussed the recent controversy over the policing of the G20 protests.
Was it evidence of the systemic breakdown of the proper policing culture in the Metropolitan Police? Was the covering up of collar numbers and the decision to cosh the bottom of the legs an official instruction at briefings?
Some have observed that there is a distinct contrast between the policing of the Tamil protests, disturbances at the Notting Hill Carnival with the G20. Were the police “letting out their frustrations?”
We also asked Andrew about the recent defection to the Labour Party of Council Leader, Terry Hipsey. Was this the one trick of a desperate failed coup or the slow unravelling of the Tory party?