Telegraph football writer Paul Hayward can always be relied upon to pen a nauseating article, and he hasn’t let us down. He notes the awful behaviour of some England football fans abroad:
Dozens of fans stopped the cars of local residents trying to drive home to mock them; at least one supporter jumped on the roof of a moving vehicle before sliding off… After laying the ground in Dortmund and Amsterdam, where bikes were thrown in canals and mayhem enveloped the tourist areas
Okay, so we could either arrest the people responsible, or we could damage a whole bunch of players and fans for something they didn’t do. Hayward, of course, goes for the latter:
for England to stop playing abroad until a solution is found.
This is yet another curse of modern government. Fail to take any steps against the people doing something bad, and just curtail a more basic freedom of everyone else to try to stop it instead. Instead of locking up murderers for life, just ban guns and knives instead.
Hayward himself admits the real problem:
Foreign police forces are often reluctant to make mass arrests because of the bureaucratic burden it entails
I have great sympathy for the people in places that get smashed up by foreign hooligans, but I have much less sympathy for those places when it turns out that the cops just can’t bothered to arrest anyone because of the paperwork.
But would tougher policing work, you may ask? Er… it appears it would:
The sheer lack of consideration is well established as part of the English pathology. It was absent in Russia because this section of the travelling “support” were too scared of the Russian police to behave badly.
It seems Hayward’s article again provides the answer for us, without him realising it.