Books, news, & views from Karen Traviss

It didn't happen overnight.

Skills fade.
For those of you watching the coverage of riots in London and wondering if that Olympics 2012 ticket was such a good idea, this lawlessness didn’t spring up overnight from nowhere. Nor did the police suddenly become incapable of dealing with it in the last 12 months. I’ve got zero time for Cameron and Clegg, believe me, but the roots of this are in the previous 13 years on Labour’s watch. And no wonder the police can’t cope with actual criminals. They spent the last decade or so filling out their overtime claims and using the Terrorism Act to stop photographers from taking pictures of public buildings. After that, feeling collars again must be quite a stretch.