For many years, the Metropolitan Police's Special Patrol Group was portrayed as being the iron fist within the rule of law's velvet glove.
It served one function in the system, to quell disorder; and it was very good at it. As such, it became a target of those dedicated to sowing disorder and disharmony, whether racial or cultural. The failure of Margaret Thatcher's government to defend the SPG against accusations that it was a racialist paramilitary was one of the greatest victories ever scored by our civilisation's internal enemies - amongst whom could be counted the foreign radical Blair Peach, before his untimely and unfortunate demise. The question of whether Peach would have disapproved of 'police brutality' perpetrated in the name of the Socialist Workers' Party must remain academic.
Yet the tactics of which the SPG were often accused might seem to be the subject of research among some of our more inquisitive young social historians. These vigilante - young lads properly have a better response time than Strathclyde Police.