Since moving to Australia I have stopped reading daily newspapers. I was beginning to bore with the papers in the UK just before I emigrated, so I really couldn’t see the point of immersing myself daily in Australian news when I got here.
But I do like to check the online news here in Australia, just to browse the headlines to see what’s going on. And if I want to know what is really happening in England, I log on to the The Sun. That’s how I know quite a few of you have woken up to the snow this morning.
For more meaningful news, I tend to look at news.bbc.co.uk. Seems strange, but that’s when I first heard about “Operation Unite”, in which police across Australia and New Zealand “stand united against the drunken violence on our streets”.
Anyone reading the article….
“This weekend police will flood into towns and cities in an unprecedented show of force”…….”It is an attempt to send the message that excessive alcohol consumption and bad behaviour will not be tolerated”…….(Read complete article here)
………. will surely be left thinking that Australia has a real problem with drunks fighting.
About Operation Unite.
There were two schools of thought here about Operation Unite.
The first was that it’s about time the police cracked down on all this violence and taught the yob’s a lesson. This group, for the most part, do read their newspapers daily and are guided by headlines such as…
“Reclaim the Streets”, Daily Telegraph, (yes, Australia has one too), “Taking Back Our Streets”, Herald Sun” and “We’ve Had Enough” from The Courier Mail.
The second school of thought said that, well, yes, there is sometimes a bit of trouble in certain areas of dense pubbery and people do sometimes fight, but it’s not that big a problem.
Operation Unite is nothing more than a PR stunt designed to make the politicians and the police force look good. It will give the impression that between them they are making our streets safe. It’s just a back patting exercise. And who knows, the electorate might just remember it at the next election.
There is also a third school of thought. Mine! And here it is…….
How operation Unite was setup.
Operation Unite was announced in the press on or around the 19 November 2009. Everyone in Australia and New Zealand (except me, remember I don’t read the papers) was made aware that on the weekend of Friday 11th of December and Saturday 12th of December, there would be something like double the usual police presence at all the major known trouble areas, and they were there to clamp down on drunken behaviour.
Effectively, everybody was on three weeks notice.
Those of you who do live in England, I want you to kick back in your chair, close your eyes and just imagine what you think might have happened on the streets of England on the nights of the 11th and 12th of December, given the same circumstances.
Ponder the following: Would our thugs decide to stay in that weekend to avoid trouble? Or would they regard the announcement as a challenge? An invitation outside? Would they use their mobile phones and computer connections to organise gangs and rendezvous?
Remember, we are talking about a situation where the British Police have given three weeks notice that they will be coming out in force, visiting YOUR pub looking for drunks so they can curb alcohol related violence.
So, what kind of weekend do you think it would be?
For those of you who don’t live in England, let me remind you of a time almost 20 years ago, when a certain government try to impose taxes that the majority of the British public were not best pleased about. This video closely resembles how I feel Operation Unite would have looked like had it taken place in England…
Except, they hadn’t had a drink! So perhaps it may have turned out slightly worse than that with added booze?
In the event, here in Australia, something like 2,000 people were arrested over the weekend for drink related offenses. Interestingly, at least two of them were police officers. Oh, the shame! You really would have thought if they were the lucky ones to have a night off, they’d at least have the sense to stay at home.
I have searched high and low for evidence of Operation Unite related injuries. All I can find is a story of how one New South Wales police officer was king hit, which here in Australia means punched with full force.
I have said many times on this blog and I also mention it in my free e-book, “20 Reasons Why YOU Should Move to Australia“, that I do not believe Australia has anywhere near the same levels of street violence as in the UK.
For me, Operation Unite proves it.