Sir Hugh Orde (Head of the Association of Chief Police Officers):
I do not think it would be sensible in any way shape or form to deploy water canon or baton rounds in London. Baton rounds are very serious bits of equipment. I would only deploy them in life threatening situations where my officers were under live fire, bombs or massive petrol bombs.
What is happening in London is not an insurgency that is going to topple the country. There are 8 million people in London and it is a tiny proportion doing this. They are gangs of looters and criminals and although it is concerning it has to be kept in proportion.
Yeah, that sounds fine. After all, there have only been 111 injured police officers, numerous civilian casualties, one civilian fatality, £100M worth of damages, and a complete destruction of any international reputation that England had previously managed to retain. Nothing to get worried about, people. No need to actually do anything about it.