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Millbank Demo: The Police Fail Because They Have No Listening Mode And Never Learn

by | 11th, November 2010

THE police are complaining that they didn’t see the violence coming at the Millbank demo, writes Richard North. Yet students from a number of universities say they co-ordinated the Millbank raid via Facebook weeks ago. One 19-year-old student from Bournemouth University, said:

“This has been arranged for ages and I’m surprised the police didn’t do their homework.”

But it was exactly the same with the London rave a fortnight ago. That had been planned well ahead and had been all over the internet. But the police don’t get the internet, any more than do the politicians. They don’t understand it, and as a result don’t use it properly or effectively. Thus, we have an alternative system of communication to which these groups are completely oblivious.
Their great problem, of course, is that they believe the internet is just another means of getting their message out to a captive audience. They are incapable of understanding that the “conversation” is there, going on without them. They are not part of it because they have no listening mode. And so, they are going to get caught out again and again and again. They will never learn because they can’t learn.


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Demonstrators inside the lobby of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012.

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