Oh boy, the fun we've been having at work with this ridiculous idea. A hot summer's day in Sydney's west, hey, let's have a riot, they'll bring the water cannon truck and we can all cool off. Imagine a picture in the Herald. Young men at say, Penrith, awaiting the arrival of the water cannon, dressed in board shorts and carrying boogie boards under their arms. Several guys dressed in scuba suits with tanks and masks on. Advancing towards the truck, taking big steps because of the flippers they are wearing. If someone can sketch a pic of this please do, we''ll forward it to a national newspaper. That moronic guy named I-emm-a dikhead or summat. We need a water cannon to combat future civil unrest. So he knows there will be future civil unrest does he? I live near Cronulla, that was not civil unrest, that was not a riot, that was some drunken yobbos out to cause trouble. Storm in a tea cup. But the cops had no idea what to do. In fact when you look back at it, you never once see a cop with a loudspeaker calling for calm. They'll pay $700,000 for a water cannon truck but don't have any loudspeakers? Not that I'm saying a loudspeaker would have made a diff but you get the idea I'm sure. They keep quoting the events at Cronulla to prove they need a water cannon. Note: You cannot use a water cannon in the CBD, too many glass windows, so it's useless for CBD streets, have they thought of that? Having spent time in Northern Ireland I'll tell you how you handle rioters; the frontline thugs causing trouble, throwing rocks etc, you stun them with a rubber bullet gun, a couple of cops run over, grab their arms, drag them back to police lines where they are handcuffed and arrested. That's it, easy, worked for the Brits for years. A water cannon arrests no one, it just makes them wet! I'm kinda hoping we can have a women only riot, biggest wet t-shirt contest in the world! They're talking about Taser guns also, it will be electric cattle prods next, sorry I mean stun batons. (that's the polite name for an electric cattle prod when a policeman uses one, see.) All these things have no place in Sydney, NSW or Australia. This is not parts of South America, Northern Ireland, China, South Africa, or Indonesia. When students protest in Indoneasia they bring these things into play. When civil rights people protest in African countries, they bring these into play. How long before a protest march in Sydney, for whatever reason, against current Government policy requires these things be brought into play here also? Of course many reading this will say it will never happen here that way...Yeah, I expect they said that in some of those other countries as well! And those of you who said that, would have said we'd never see water cannons deployed against civilians in Sydney either yes? If I-emm-a-twit is so sure there will be future civil unrest then he and the rest of the Government needs to be looking at the reasons why NOW. Not when it's time to unleash a thinly veiled Government Enforcement Squad armed with water cannons and God knows what else! If I sound pissed about this I am, I never thought I'd see the day when the police would need this kind of equipment to control the people of Sydney. I'm off to find me old wet suit.