I’ll come back to this subject another day, cos I’m too tired now, but I just want to mention one thing: this bizarre incident in Dublin, involving the stolen bus. Like everyone else in the country, I was shocked and horrified to hear that an innocent poor woman had been killed, and the situation deserves some respect, so I’m not going to say any more about that aspect of it.
What I would like to know more about, however, are the standard operating procedures of the Garda Siochana in such incidents. I was told today that the Guards set up a barricade using their own squad-cars. This makes sense. They knew the bus was coming and they were going to stop it even if it meant losing a couple of cars. Fair enough. Good thinking, boys. But it seems that, having set up the barricade in the path of the bus, it never occurred to them that maybe they should stand clear. No. It seems they sat inside the cars and waited for ten tons of careering metal to slam head first into them. “Oh Jesus, PJ, look! It’s a high-speed stolen bus charging straight at us!!! How the fuck did that happen?“
These lads have obviously never seen Vanishing Point.
Somebody please tell me that this report is wrong. Please. Anyone. Please write in and say Bock, you have been misinformed. It’s an evil slander of our fine police force. I hope so. I genuinely hope the report is wrong, because if it’s true, we’re in worse trouble than I ever imagined.