Water cannons are effective at one thing – suppressing dissent. The police must not be able to use dangerous and potentially lethal weapons like these against civilians. Yet the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has written to the Home Secretary asking her to licence water cannons for use of the UK mainland for the first time. So…
1) Read this list of 10 reasons why water cannons are a disastrous idea:
2) Write to your MP (https://www.writetothem.com/) to let them know:
I am writing to you as a concerned constituent. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has written to the Home Secretary asking her to licence water cannon for use of the UK mainland for the first time. These weapons are completely ineffective for reducing crime but are extremely dangerous and a useful tool for suppressing legitimate protest. The government often talks about British values. Those values surely include tolerance and freedom of expression, assembly and protest. The introduction of water cannons to the UK mainland would contradict these and further increase division and distrust between the police and the public they are supposed to protect, not attack.
I am therefore asking that you publicly declare your opposition to the use of water cannons on civilians and that you make representations to the Home Secretary expressing the same sentiment.
Update 2: Please also sign this petition to the Home Secretary.