For anyone objecting to the costs of this, I would remind them that the NHS, the third largest employer on planet Earth, pays for ‘homeopathic’ treatment. So this is some of the smartest money the UK has put out in some time.
H/T Taffy in Canada
- Police paid for the transport to make event in Manchester easier to control
- City figures have slammed right-wing group for draining public purse
- Protest, which attracted anti-fascist groups, cost force more than £50,000
PUBLISHED: 12:00 EST, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:12 EST, 18 April 2013
A police force paid £2,500 to bus hundreds of English Defence League supporters to a protest march, in an attempt to make the event easier to control.
Around 700 members of the right-wing group were taken into Manchester from across the region on taxpayer funded double-deckers last month.
The demonstration, which also attracted anti-fascist opponents, cost Greater Manchester Police more than £50,000 overall. £35,000 went on staff overtime alone.
GMP bosses said paying for EDL transport reduced disruptions and cut the number of officers needed to funnel the supporters through the streets.
But leading city figures have slammed the right-wing group for draining the public purse.
The EDL members visited Manchester for a planned march through the city to Albert Square on Saturday, March 2.