Thursday, July 22, 2004

Vladimir Putin speeding to the Kremlin?

From Stuff:

National leader Don Brash was rushed to Saturday's Bledisloe Cup in a police motorcade that swept through Wellington running red lights and at times driving on the wrong side of the road.

But it's OK if you've got a comb-over, right?

Actually, I suspect the problem isn't so much with the politicians as with their police protectors taking a rather paranoid view of what constitutes a security threat. According to the Diplomatic Protection Squad, "you can't stop because then you get recognised and next thing you know there are security issues." Throw in a monomaniacal focus on their "client" and an overly subserviant attitude to authority, and its easy to see how this happens.