Police should remember who pays their salaries

HE who pays the piper calls the tune but it might be well to remind the Catalan Police, known as Mossos d’Esquardra, that their salaries are signed by the taxpayers not the regime.

The force has been reprimanded by Spain’s top judicial bodies for the way 50 of their paramilitary ‘thugs’ stormed a cafe to arrest M-15 anti-cuts protestors who had already turned themselves in.

Even Egyptian police and military, when push came to shove, sided with protestors during anti-government protests earlier this year. I said it before and say it again; international image is everything.

If television footage and media coverage, now just a click away, exposes pitiless brutality against protestors, Spain will get fewer tourists than Sirte, Palestine and Syria. It won’t do the trade figures much good either.

The Catalonian Superior Court of Justice says the police response was ‘entirely unacceptable’, showing ‘absolute disrespect for individual citizen rights and contempt of respect for the courts of justice.’

Take the knuckle dusters off the police until they grow up.

FOUR Spanish F-18 fighter jets sent to Libya as part of the NATO ousting of its tribal council elected leader are to be withdrawn on grounds of cost. Clearly international piracy isn’t as profitable as it was during Spain’s rising glory after ridding itself of the Moors; who were also partial to pillage.

Could you imagine the greatest of all Spanish conquistadors, Francisco Pizzaro, being semaphored when halfway to Peru and told to return on grounds of costs? Inca gold and Aztec wealth would still be safe in Eldorado rather than liberated and diverted to London, or lying on the bottom of the Atlantic. How times change.

It’s a poor lookout when piracy no longer pays.

THERE must be something in Catalonia’s water supplies. A town councillor in Masquefa faces a charge of murder for intentionally trying to murder two people whilst they were attempting to remove a Spanish flag he had just raised but had not been council approved.

Having failed to put them under his wheels he tried attacking them with the flag pole. Police and passerby came to the victims’ aid.  One escaped with bruising; the other has undergone surgery to his fractured leg.

Now that is what I call xenophobic Chauvinism. Councillor Juan José García must report to the court every five days. I would have thought a report to the insane asylum more appropriate.

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