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Tough road ahead for Cameron

Its one of the most testing time for the British Prime Minister. After Hackgate cut short David Cameron’s Africa visitt, it was the teenage turmoil that has ‘vandalised’ his vacation.

Back in London to restore peace on the streets of United Kingdom, Cameron faces a critical junction that will define his premiership. Barring the lone occasion of him admitting that in the hindsight hiring former News of The World editor Andy Coulson was a mistake; Cameron hasn’t backed out on any of his stand or for that matter policy issues.

Night four was relatively calm in London, but elsewhere in UK riots were on, but coming in on day four of mayhem after many parts of the Capital were vandalised is not going to do a world of good to the PM as he faces the parliament on Thursday.

With Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman on BBC newsnight already giving the crisis a political shade by linking it to the CUTS that are frustrating the youth and being a contributing factor to this outrage it won’t be an easy walk ahead.

Not just that the four letter word will bite as the role of cops the way they acted will go under the lens. The questions, why did this happen, are the cops in their present numbers and infrastructure in a position to handle any such overwhelming chaos in future, can such incidents be averted in future? And most importantly can the police afford to have CUTS.

Research by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary released last month suggests the police will  loose 16,200 personnel by 2015 and a total loss including that of the civilian staff will be close to 34,000. This according to BBC Newsnight will take the police strength back to what it was in 2003.

With the CUTS yet not imposed there have been two major violent protests in nine months is the prime minister going to rethink his strategy.

Apart from the policy matters and the debates in parliament which Cameron so far has defended showing admirable command his big test is will be to reinstall the faith of the man on the street, by securing them, their prospects and in the wake of ongoing crisis securing their businesses.

With his deputy and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg being forced to cut short his walk through the streets of Birmingham after being booed by the public and the shopkeepers in London taking on themselves to guard their businesses it’s not a good sign for Cameron.

Facing all this is not going to be easy, but it’s about time Cameron goes back to the famous ‘Hug the Hoodie’ speech he gave on July 10, 2006.  He then said “there is a connection between circumstances and behaviour,” and merely, “Debating symptoms and not causes will not serve the purpose.”

It’s the latter advice he then gave the Labour government that needs his attention to hold ground in the long run.

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Life n style in Londonistan

Life n style, for someone coming from India in London has a lot of style – but no life. The place has the best of everything from brands, to hotels to pubs, you name and it’s there, but Life is elsewhere.
Everything here works on a set pattern, from people to the London underground that takes you across the city. Its start, move and stop sans emotions.

For the ones used to living in lively and at times interfering neighbourhood of New Delhi, or late night birds used to taking the past midnight local in Mumbai, London is an absolute shocker.
Wonder what is the reason, but the city and its residents just mind their own work. Hardly will you chance upon a friendly chat travelling in the tube.

In the suburbs life comes to a screeching halt at around six in the evening when most shutters of majority of shops are down, people back in from work and roads deserted. It’s difficult to shop on weekdays, for by the time one reaches the mall by after days work, the game is over.
In the last one month haven’t seen people venturing out of their homes, with the lone exception of an elderly couple who took their dog out for a walk one evening.

Seeing three souls in flesh and blood walking around 8.30 pm on road was nothing sort of a picture perfect Kodak moment.

The only place to find humans is the tube station or bus stop.

Travel into the heart of the city and you see some buzz, but people just walk straight and the shutters are down by eight. So the late night shoppers just go wandering and find it extremely difficult.
The usually reliable underground, dozes off half past eleven… Remember guys, Early to bed…rhyme.
Might be this is something to do with the law and order or security.

Talking about security, strangely, I think London is the CCTV capital of the world, it’s difficult to find a place not under CCTV surveillance, the BIG BROTHER is keeping an eye on everyone and no one seems to be objecting to it. This believe me speaks a lot about law abiding sincere people. Try the same in India and see for yourself the results.
Glitz, glitter and Razmataaz, but still something seems to be missing, at least for me…

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