icarus said:MoD/ Security response seems a bit on the slow side.
Can't agree Icarus. The Greenpeace vessel was contravening several byelaws well before they were boarded, and were looking for a reaction which they did not get until they threatened the boom around the jetties. Modicus Plodicus and the Royals acted correctly and with restraint only when they HAD to. Mophead is correct in his assertion that to go in early and hard only plays into their hands, as it is I feel the moral high ground is with the MOD for a change.
Of course Greenpeace and their lawyers will contend that the byelaws pertaining to the restricted area are unlawful because, in their view, the weapon system is unlawful, in which case the law has no standing and therefore they were exercising their right to free passage and arrested illegally in doing so.
I am sure they will be released by the local beak shortly after having had a fine (vegetarian) breakfast "lovingly" provided by Helensburghs boys in blue with a nice cup of baldricks frothy capucino to wash it down.
Chocolate bits with that sir? :lol:
mophead said:Security knew where they were,knew what they were up to;think of the headlines"Navy sinks/arrests/removes Greenpeace protesters",much more damaging than a minor inconvenience.Look how much publicity Greenpeace got out of the French sinking their ship and how little they have got out of this affair.