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Ian Tomlinson’s Death Puts the Final Nail In the Coffin Of British Justice

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The Man Who Destroyed Justice

Keir Starmer’s decision not to prosecute PC Simon Harwood, who clearly assaulted Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protest, while concealing his identity, is an outrageous scandal.  It is perhaps the most shameful episode ever in the history of British justice, a system which has long held a much higher opinion of itself than it ever deserved.  Today it is proved to be utterly useless and Starmer’s conduct proves him to be both incompetent and entirely unsuitable for his responsibility.

Starmer’s weasel words in his statement are truly pathetic and demonstrate weakness, a complete inability to see beyond legalese to the truth and are a clarion call for his dismissal.

We the people of Great Britain care not one jot for the disagreement between medical experts.  We want this matter put before a jury.

We want PC Simon Harwood’s head.  He is a murderer.

We want Keir Starmer’s head.  He is an apologist for police brutality and an incompetent Director of Public Prosecutions.

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  1. My Country oh my Country! Rights, freedoms,democracy, justice, all diminishing on an almost daily basis and now this apaulling decision giving the police carte blanche to attack the citizenry.It wouldn’t surprise me if police training ‘experts’ were brought in from Iran or Burma!


    July 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    • I feel deeply, emotionally traumatised by this. What is happening to our country? All my values of decency, justice and the law are being trashed. I am beginning to realise that there is no alternative to violent protest. This is war. The authorities have broken their covenant of trust with the people.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

  2. Well said. The police have pushed their luck far enough.

    James C Allan

    July 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    • What alternative is there now but to take the law into our own hands?

      Peter Reynolds

      July 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm

  3. Many will be asking the question “Where do we go from here?”

    As much as I detest guns, the State continues to foster a climate in which only a fool will be unarmed.

    That which is normally reserved for protection against outlaws, may be required to defend us from the very worst of a Police State. A future madness may await us when police and civilians shoot each other on sight.

    Dr Melvin 'Banned from most police blogs' Gray

    July 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    • Today is a shocking, shocking day. We have held back too long in a forlorn hope that justice will prevail. Every day now this country sinks deeper into the mire. Every day some new injustice proves that there is no point in patience or tolerance or selflessness. I agree with you. We must fight for the right to bear arms to defend ourselves against an out of control police state. Truth, justice and freedom do not exist in Great Britain any more.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  4. Peter Reynolds

    July 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

  5. PC 1422 Simon Harewood Lancashire Constabulary 01254 222135


    July 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    • Well Bazza, at some false email address, what’s the point in publicising the phone number of a policeman in Lancashire who has a similar name to the thug in the TSG in London? What’s the point?

      Peter Reynolds

      July 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm

  6. On the fifth anniversary of the murder of Jean Charles Menezes, this is the gesture that we see – no “lessons learned” after all, just institutional disregard for the liberties that we’ve fought hard to defend.

    I remember Gordon Brown’s great passionate rhetoric for our British values and our British liberty etc. etc. Things like freedom of expression and assembly, freedom from prosecution or oppression. Of course, it was rhetoric, and rarely backed up.

    Such values need to be defended with vigour – not just in the UK, but anywhere we see adrenalised riot police running amok with indiscriminate assault on innocent people. The public should express its outrage, lest we come to believe our hard-won civil liberties aren’t important after all.

    I’ve got a bit more here:


    July 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    • Gordon Brown, Empty Rhetoric, one and the same.

      It seems that outrage is all we have. The CPS is corrupt. The IPCC is corrupt. The police are worse than corrupt and worse than useless.

      I do what I can. I’ve written three articles on my blog today about this disgraceful decision. I’ve emailed No. 10. I’ve emailed my MP. I’ve emailed the CPS. I’ve emailed the IPCC. I’ve emailed the Tomlinson family. I’ve written by snail mail to David Cameron and Keir Starmer.

      Please tell me what else I can do – and do your bit too. It’s either this or at some point in the future there’s going to be more violence in the streets.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

  7. I agree with all you say but in order for a spark to become a fire it must fall on a tinderbox not a wet blanket the English are mostly a wet blanket and will accept the state oppression so long as it does not directly affect them I’m all right jack mentality rules here therefore we have a rotten corrupt system supported by non stop cheesy propaganda like cops with cameras and the like but people believe its real good luck I’m leaving the country

    alan robinson

    July 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    • I am in despair for my country but I’m not leaving – yet.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

      • Hi Peter,

        after years in the military and seeing the total erosion of values through thatcherism i finally gave up and now find myself in New Zealand. I have even less rights here as i am an immigrant than i did 2 years ago in the uk. However, with only 4.8 million people, there is little reletive trouble. You may say i ran away, and you would be right, but after seeing my youth group that i ran underfunded, cctv on everycorner to watch my every move, racism openly expressed in pubs and shops, police officers turning into thugs, fire and ambulance officers assualted at incidents……..well i thought enough was enough.

        Take care all of you over there, and get out if you can.


        July 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

      • My old friend Bruce ran away, sorry, escaped to NZ just over a year ago now. He left to get away from the rat race but is now wham, bang, slam in the middle of the Auckland equivalent!

        Peter Reynolds

        July 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm

  8. Ian Tomlinson's Death Puts the Final Nail In the Coffin Of British ……

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    July 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  9. I was completely astonished, shocked and dismayed when Keir Starmer stood up and admonished Harwood – an officer with an appalling disciplinary record and a penchant for violence.

    Not only did he leave the Met under a cloud over a decade ago – he re-joined Surrey after a stint as a computer operator and was taken back into the Met. Given this thug’s predisposition for violence why was he assigned to the TSG? Why did he cover his warrant numbers on his shoulder? And why did he insist on wearing his Nomex balaclava in such a manner to hide his face?

    Now that Carshalton – where this thug lives with his wife, Helen and apparently two little daughters – knows the identity of the man who killed Mr Tomlinson – will the smiles still be there when he goes to pick up his copy of the BNP Times?

    IPCC report may well still have some teeth in it – but I doubt it.

    No doubt at the TSG depots around the capital there will be cheers from the Mercedes vans. These officers will now feel vindicated and will go about their business uninhibited.

    As a former police officer – with over 30 years service, recently retired and having found myself at a senior level – I became totally frustrated with some of those in the front line. Believe me if Harwood had been in my command, I am unsure if I would have permitted him to remain in the job let alone in a public order function.

    The public is slowly losing patience and trust – after the CO19 debacle with Mr DeMenezes and other G20 TSG officers having “no case to answer”. Something must come to pass…and soon.

    Ian Telford

    July 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    • Ian, you make some interesting points, but when you express frustration at “some of those on the front line”, I don’t think that matches up to the specifics of this event.

      PC Harwood was not simply some hot-headed youngster in a tight situation on his own. He was working in an area where there were several other TSG officers, as well as Forward Intelligence Officers (including PC Alan Palfrey).

      Moreover, the Bronze Commander, City of London’s Chief Superintendent Alex Robertson, was on the scene at the time of the Tomlinson assault.

      In addition there was also a mid-ranking City of London officer in the vicinity, and a Met Inspector, plus various dog handlers, British Transport Police and Met Level 2s, and various other officers of rank, specialisation or advanced training in the area.

      NONE did anything to prevent what happened to Ian Tomlinson.

      NONE came forward to help Ian Tomlinson after he was put to the ground.

      NONE have been held to account for their actions – or their inaction.

      Whilst Simon Harwood should be held to account for his actions, so too should those responsible at doctrinal, strategic, tactical and operational levels. In many respects Simon Harwood was simply doing what he was trained to do – only with tragic (but entirely foreseeable) consequences.


      July 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      • Thanks for your v well informed comment

        Peter Reynolds

        July 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      • BristleKRS, he was also continuing to do what he felt he had been allowed to do. I have experienced similar tolerance, at a high level, of officers, one `senior` in rank, whose previous peers were amazed at how he managed to stay in the job, in the wake of his behaviour, close calls and, in some cases, disciplinary action. Thankfully, in my time, these types were and probably still are few and far between, but the fact that the hierarchy seemed to be unable/unwilling to deal with them in the face of hard, circumstantial and anecdotal evidence, remains a mystery to me. I’m sure `The Lodge` wouldn’t have wanted his sort, so presumably he wasn’t protected by that – or was he? Of course us `outsiders` would never know.


        July 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm

  10. […] Ian Tomlinson’s Death Puts the Final Nail In the Coffin Of British Justice (via Peter Reynolds) Posted on July 23, 2010 by Orwell's Dreams Keir Starmer’s decision not to prosecute PC Simon Harwood, who clearly assaulted Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protest, while concealing his identity, is an outrageous scandal.  It is perhaps the most shameful episode ever in the history of British justice, a system which has long held a much higher opinion of itself than it ever deserved.  … Read More […]

    • yeh coz the victim was white, you bare no referrence to the many many non white british citizens to have been murdered by these thugs! Barely makes the news!


      March 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

  11. I didn’t realise, until watching a Guardian slow-mo today, that it was a baton blow that felled Ian Tomlinson. This makes what Starmer said even more stupid, regarding him not being able to halt his fall due to his hands being in his pockets. I had previously thought he had been pushed over. I now believe this was murder.


    July 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

    • I too missed the baton strike. Hardly a `common assault` then?


      July 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      • Nothing common about it. Unless Ian Tomlinson is to become another Blair Peach I hope he will be remembered as someone who became a rallying call against police brutality, establishment cover-up and our corrupt judicial system.

        Peter Reynolds

        July 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      • `Allcopped`, how can this, by definition, be murder? We come from the same direction on most aspects, but you’ve drifted a little off my own perspective track with that one.


        July 24, 2010 at 8:15 am

    • The BBC, and I expect others have quietly dropped that baton from most of their reporting. If you’d known about it then it would be conspicuous by it’s absence. The BBC News site when reporting on the CPS decision just mentions that Ian was ‘pushed over’. Disgraceful.

      Chris H

      July 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm

  12. How times change. Had CPS been operational during my student days and delivered a decision like this, we would have brought their headquarters to an immediate standstill.


    July 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  13. Lets hang on. Was Tomlinson on a direct route when going home or had he made a detour looking for aggro? Was this his 1st pass on the police line or had he made several? Had he got form? How many of you would swank with your hands in your pockets with the “Old Bill” tooled up feet away?

    Starmer has the answer to most of these questions and I guess it is these that helped form his decision. Questions that some of us don’t want to ask should they get in the way of a good story?


    July 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    • Your proposition is ridiculous and offensive.

      Even if the answers to all of your questions are yes what on God’s earth does that have to do with what we all saw with our own eyes? Are you seriously trying to justify Harwood’s actions?

      Peter Reynolds

      July 28, 2010 at 1:00 am

  14. Serves you *** right, no white person wanted to hear when teh victims of police crimes and murders were asian or black, now white people are also being attacked by these badge wearing thugs you come out with it! well you get *** all support from us because we are still going through it and you guys are so disillusioned you think doing nazi salutes on british streets is what being english is all about!


    March 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    • Watch your language!

      Peter Reynolds

      April 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

  15. I note PC Harwood has previous incidents of violence in the Met and Surrey police. He seems to have been a time bomb ready to explode.


    May 4, 2011 at 9:31 am

  16. Justice don’t be silly

    A letter has been sent to the British prime minister by Mr Paul Randle-Jolliffe regarding the case of Hollie Greig, who is a downs syndrome girl who was systematically raped whilst under the protection of the establishment charged with protecting her.

    Hollie’s mother Mrs Ann Greig would like to see some justice for member of the establishment, who through their positions were given access to this little girl and abused her as their own personal little sexual play toy. The reason Mrs Greig has never had the opportunity to have her day in court is because the accused paedophiles include lawyers, police and a local High Sheriff.

    Various request under the freedom of information act (FOA) have been ignored and several people including her mother and Mr Robert Green have been silenced using gag orders including the BBC’s Panorama documentary channel in an effort to keep the story out of the public domain and the establishments have even gone so far as to make legal threats against Google.

    This fight to bring justice has been raging for several years and despite millions of people now knowing about the case, it still seems that the British justice system is unable to live up to its name and has become a tool of the elite and Mr Cameron is hereby put on notice that ‘we the people’ demand this case should go to trial in open court where both sides may present their case.

    Put quite simply Mr David Cameron we tax payers are being treated with utter contempt by the elite and are getting a little sick and tired of the system we are forced to pay into when it is you’re duty to ensure due process is observed or expect no mercy when you and the establishment is overthrown by the people you pledged under oath to defend.

    MP Mr Kenny Macaskill, Mr Ian McFerran, Mrs Elish Angolini (Lord Advocate ), Frank Mulholland Are all aware of the case details and I am sure they won’t mind in assisting the prime minister in any preceding public enquiry into this disgusting clear breach of justice.

    Jiff Davis

    June 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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