When the EDL came to Bradford there were 1700 police manning the barricades so to speak. Not to mention the endless hours of meetings, planning and general fussing over the occasion. Indeed, the professional leadership of the Council can't shut up telling us what a brilliant job they did!
But it seems that an entirely violence free and peaceful march through the City has maybe seen its last steps:
Scouts have held a parade in the city to celebrate St George, the patron saint of Scouting, for decades. But the police has told them it can no longer oversee the march for free, as its national guidelines had changed.
Now let's be clear about this shall we? The decision is entirely a local decision, the scouts march along the public highway on a Sunday once a year. This is just a daft - pointless, purposeless, bureaucratic and soul-less - decision made wholly in West Yorkshire.
And it is wrong. Wrong that decent folk - men, women, boys and girls - have to pay for a couple of coppers when the protester, the union activist, the racist and the anarchist get their policing for free,