Observer observed

I’ve written before about Britain being a country where hi-viz vests have proliferated among a bewildering array of jobsworths with official-sounding titles but who do none of the work traditionally associated with such attire.

The photo below is a screenshot from the chaos that ensued when Tommy Robinson turned up to campaign in Oldham over the weekend:

Does anyone have the foggiest idea what a legal observer is, who appoints them, and why they would be wearing a hi-viz vest on the streets of Britain?

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17 thoughts on “Observer observed

  1. Is it for his safety in the event the authorities decide the police need to ‘protect’ the public from harmful views?

  2. Time to pop into a french supermarket or automotive supply store, buy some suitable hi viz jackets ad then screen print one’s own preferred occupation on them

    “Self-important Jobsworth” is one that springs to mind

    Then see how far one can get in mingling with the rest of the jobsworths at some event.

  3. Assuming it’s a paid post.
    TR is certainly rich. And maybe he’s right to be paranoid.

  4. It’s likely a protest tactic adopted from the civil rights movement in the US. A protester basically sets themselves up in this role, giving them an excuse to hang around in the face of the police should they think about making arrests or pushing the crowd around. Preferably whilst filming and shouting pseudo-legal threats.

  5. That’s the problem with Tommy. Everyone surrounding him on these walkabouts is either a Legal Observer or an Illegal Guardian.

  6. Are they there to make sure the police don’t suddenly remember their job should be to arrest people who throw rocks at children and try to prevent other people’s free speech?

  7. “Oblong on May 19, 2019 at 4:43 pm said:

    It’s likely a protest tactic adopted from the civil rights movement in the US. A protester basically sets themselves up in this role, giving them an excuse to hang around in the face of the police should they think about making arrests or pushing the crowd around. Preferably whilst filming and shouting pseudo-legal threats.”

    Yeah, I was going to say this – this dude is likely not a government employee but a private citizen out there ‘observing’ what the government does in these situations.

    Some people here in the states do it, calling themselves (at least some of them do) ‘free speech auditors’.

  8. Thankfully, not all are gullible sheeple

    Tommy Robinson in Fleetwood: “I want to be your voice”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtkW7T-2aqU

    Top tip: use a black pen to X on ballot paper

    Vote Tommy Robinson MEP for North West, England

    Thanks to Rebel Media for reporting what msm ignores

  9. Not a clue what an official observer is, but if it is an official position involving working outside health and safety will require a hi-viz jacket.
    I used to be required to wear that plus safety boots to inspect stuff in a pedestrianised high street, though the shoppers of course were not.

  10. A few years back I was on the democratically elected local village council, when a very small self-appointed ‘community group’ calling themselves the ‘Home Guard’ sprang up to oppose an initiative to improve the centre of the village. For a few months they provoked Daily Mail esque outrage by wildly misrepresenting proposals for such outlandish things as traffic calming, improved crossings and modern pavements. They decided we’d cunningly hidden the proposals from residents for several years by way of exhibiting them in the local library, in the church hall, at the AGM, at the village fair, by asking for public feedback, and by providing regular updates on the website, in local magazines and on the village noticeboards. Worst still we’d wasted vast sums of money (at that point c.£15k over the previous three or four years) on the studies, plans and consultations.

    They were basically shit stirring, with stunts like calling an ’emergency meeting’ at a local sports club to mobilise against iminent plans to destroy the village green (despite fact said green is protected from claimed plans by a fucking act of parliament). But what made me laugh most is they got hi-viz jackets printed up with ‘Home Guard’ on the back and spent Saturday mornings canvassing residents with their scare stories. They were like children at the dressing up box. But like children, they eventually got bored. Due to limited resources (a planning budget of c.£5k a year is peanuts for something like this), and all the statutory requirements, and the austerity constraints on the higher tier authorities (who support the proposals in principle), the project is incredibly slow moving. I’m no longer involved but it’s been inching along for best part of ten years now. The ‘Home Guard’ and their hi-viz jackets had absolutely nothing to offer, no alternative plan, no appetite for fighting the local elections, no desire for the years and years of boring meetings and public consultation. It probably didn’t help that their ring leader didn’t even live locally.

  11. I counted 18 projectiles thrown at the TR crowd in the one minute long video. Given the poor quality of the video and limited viewing angle I wonder how many actually got thrown given only the larger ones would have been visible.

    Let’s say a bunch of white skin heads turn up and throw 18 large stones inside one minute at some gays or some such. I can’t help but think something *definitely* would be done. If not straight away but after by examining videos the officers would have taken.

    Instead Plod seems just to stand there and give space to some violent thugs to create havoc. And the left excuse it by saying the TR crowd might have damaged a couple of police cars. So that excuses a public stoning does it? If some scumbag damages my car I can stone the bastard can I? No. Thought not.

    Approved views ok. Hold another view and you are put outside the protection of the law. This is truly terrifying.

  12. @MJW on May 20, 2019 at 11:45 am

    “such outlandish things as traffic calming, improved crossings and modern pavements

    Well MJW I’m opposed to traffic calming too and your other SJW proposals. Stop wasting taxpayers money on “if it saves one life” prodnose schemes.

  13. @Andrew

    Better video: What REALLY happened at Muslim riot in Oldham

    “Tommy Robinson’s EU Election campaign in Oldham was attacked by ~300 Muslim rioters on Saturday, many wearing masks and throwing rocks and bricks. This is Tommy’s personal reaction to that riot, including his criticism of police tactics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RTwkt15CS4

    inc: Pakistani Tommy Robinson supporter calls out police, racism, Pakistani rioters defending child rape

    (YT: Pakistani Tommy Robinson supporter calls out police, racism .mp4)

  14. @JuliaM

    Are they there to make sure the police don’t suddenly remember their job should be to arrest people who throw rocks at children and try to prevent other people’s free speech?

    Oh, you ARE a card! >};o)

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