IT/143 Page 5 Blurred photo (above) shows Stirling students and miners demonstrating their support for a minority. . Royalty cil/o suck/ STIRLING: Six thousand people marched in Stirling on November 21st to pro- test at the threatened trial of 24 students facing disciplinary charges after the socalled disturbances following the visit of Her Majesty to the University last month. After the original demonstra- tion the national press, following the expected fulminations about the students' 'disrespect' rushed to say that of course the 'mode- rate majority' were ashamed of the actions of 'a minority' and deeply ashamed at the bad name their university had been given. Such rubbish got its answer when the six thousand students, reinforced by delegations from universities from all over the country, and many Scottish Trades Unionists, marched to protest at the attempt by Stirling authorities to victimise some students for organising the original protest, which had in fact the express approval of the entire student body. Present on the march, Scottish miners' leader Willis McDougal, who said, "We will never forget the help that we got from every university in the country during our own struggle earlier this year." BRITISH SOIDIERJ RAPE SHOCK BELFAST: How did the British press report the trial in Belfast of five British soldiers accused of the 'carnal knowledge' of a 14 year old girl? They didn't. There was no mention whatever of the trial in the home editions. When the original arrests in this case were made, in the London Evening News of 21st August, which reported a front page story with banner headlines, that 4 Belfast school- girls aged between 13 and 15 were pregnant after having been raped by... you guessed it, the Provos. Even the Daily Express had to deny that one, but still could not bring itself to mention the true facts of the matter. Rose Catha That'/ Politic/ MONDAY CLUB: Fascists and Monday Clubbers alike reacted unfavourably to our piece on the Monday Club (IT/141). Those who wonder how Harvey Proctor, who resigned/was sacked from his post as assistant to the Club's director is still so well informed on MC execu- tive affairs may find the answer in the fact that the new assistant director, Adrian Day, shares Harvey's flat over the Conservative Party offices in Fulham. So keen was Harvey to find room for his friend that he was forced to evict his former flatmate Bruno. That's politics. Ronnie 6 the taingette/ LONDON: Track Records is preparing to package R.D. Laing, author of The Divided Self and Politics of Experience. Track are putting Ronnie on the road in the States at four and a half thousand bucks a night, lecturing to college audiences. Also planned is an album and a video show. cvn CITV HARTLEPOOL: British soldiers on charges of drunken driving, wife beating, etc, often get off with probation on the grounds that they are 'about to go to Ireland'. Mr Evelyn Harrison, of the Hartlepool Lonely Hearts Club, is going one better. He is organising a team of girls to give the troops a 'night of love' before going to face (he dreaded micks. Rose Catha £ci/y, Ronald* ca/y CARDIFF: Detective Inspec- tor Ronald Brown, newly appointed chief of Cardiff Drug Squad is doing his best to make life miserable for Cardiff heads. A recent triumph involved an 18 month sentence for Clive Maggs, busted under dubious circumstances with all of 3VS ounces of the dreaded sub- stance. "This is a vast quantity in this field, according to my experience!' he told the court. Discovery of this 'vast' amount entailed, curiously enough, two visits to Maggs' house by the Inspector and his dog, the Labrador having failed to discover the small tobacco tin containing the dope the first time around. Was it in fact there the first time? Can you tell us anything about that, Ronald? You never know, someone might drop a weight in your garden some time. RIB. (Rib'sphone number is Cardiff 44441, 58 Charles Street, Cardiff). fllARKED man " .. . the CID are operating the equivalent of a 'go slow'. Detection rates are down in some cases by 60% on last year ..." LONDON: Commissioner Robert Mark got his job as boss of the Metropolitan Police because he was the darling of the Tory Law and Order Brigade. He was to clean up some of the more blatantly corrupt activities of the force and get things in trim for a crackdown on subversives, altering the rules of evidence, etc. The boses realise that the 'crime' the police will be called on more and more to deal with from now on is the 'crime' of ordinary people demanding the right to live a decent life. To fight this good fight a spanking-imaged clean-as-a- whistle force will be needed, to which the frightened bourgeoisie can rally. So Mark, most of whose police experience has been as a traffic policeman in Leicester, got the top job over the more obviously thuggish Brodie, head of the CID. Mark arrived with the obsession that if he could only put good honest uniformed coppers into the CID, all would be well. Trouble for Mark is that the CID hate him because of what they regard as his relentless hounding of them— 'A.10', the complaints depart- ment, is now known in the CID, particularly the Flying Squad, as the Gestapo—and his circum- scribing some of their accustomed methods of making money. That might be expected, but his fatal error has been to assume that the uniformed branch are (a) less corrupt, and (b) happy to assume CID functions. Facts of the matter are that in many cases the uniformed branch is even more corrupt than the CID—for example the porn squad. The porn trade has always been under the overall direction of the police, in which luctarive trade uniformed officers have had their not inconsiderable wack. Thus the position on the Met is that at the moment the police, and particularly the CID, are operating the equi- valent of a 'go slow'. Detection rates are down in some cases by as much as 60% on last year. Certainly the special mobile commando unit set under James Starritt, Mark's favourite under- ling, whom he promoted to Assistant Commissioner the moment he became Commission- er, is unlikely to solve anyone's problems. The Special Patrol Groups, who are in uniform but cruise around in unmarked cars (they have the letters CO on their shoulders) are meant to be an elite force which can saturate an 'area' with a parti- cular 'problem'. Local comman- ders were asked to forward he names of men they considered suitable for this kind of work, resulting in a force composed of the more vicious misfits from every local nick. This force, which has been compared to the Paras in Ulster, are already attracting more complaints from the public than any other police department; nor are they popular with their colleagues, as they get good overtime pay, which ordinary police do not. There is also evidence to suggest that the recent spate of police "muggings" is the work of the SPG. Meanwhile the world is still, waiting to see what charges will eventually be preferred against Chief Inspector Hales of the Flying Squad, at present remand- ed on £25,000 bail on charges of possessing m re drugs in his station locker than you ever dreamt of getting hold of. Totally unnoticed by the press has been the arrest of Mr Bard, chief clerk of solicitors Montague Gardiner & Howard. Bard is currently remanded on bail of £5,000 on charges of corruption. His firm acted for Sands in the case last year in which Chief Inspector Kelaher, currently awaiting charges on conspiracy to pervert the course of justive, gave evidence on Sands' behalf. Anyone wishing to communi- cate suggestions to Commissio- ner Mark can ring him at 230 1212, extension 2121. Or for that personal touch you could drop in on him at Room 36, on the eighth floor. If you find the stairs a bit much, drop off at Special Branch chief Gilbert in Room 46 on the fifth floor. After all that, you can drop in on the dirty film shows on the ground floor. Mind how you go.