Hummer meant something else when I was young, but I never found out what, so I don't know if I ever did a hummer or received one.
A Hummer is one of those ridiculously large American vehicles initially designed for the army to use while on 'peace keeping' missions. They have littered our streets in limited numbers, and try as I might, I sometimes fail to ignore a stretch Hummer when I see one. I don't want to be caught looking at one in case someone thinks I am admiring it.
But not since Melbourne City Councillor Fiona Snedden proposed to dump sand on the bank of the Yarra River to make a beach have I heard such nonsense as our police force being leant five Hummers by the dealer to use as a visual deterrent against violence and bad behaviour in and around nightclubs in the city.
"Sorry cadets, can't give you a payrise this year, but here are some fun vehicles to tear around the city streets in. Don't worry about the fuel costs, the taxpayer will pay".
Somewhere in Melbourne there may well be a person who says we have enough police in our fair city. Somewhere, not sure where. No one I speak to.
Sadly another person has died after a violent assault outside a city nightclub. This is just a year since another person died in similar circumtances just fifty metres away.
When I first started legally driving, this car was a visual deterrent to bad behaviour on the roads, and it worked pretty well.
Pic courtesy an interesting site, http://www.inthejob.com/vic.html
Even now, one of these modern versions cruising the city streets might be more of a visual deterrent.
But really what is needed is brawler vans to chuck people into. A few of those cruising the streets might change some behaviour.
And none of this wishy washy, 'don't do it again'. Charge them. Do the paper work, meaning the police crew is then off the street. Only then might the state goverment realise there just is not enough police in our city and state.
Police say alcohol was not involved in the latest assault and death. So R did call it correctly straight away, drugs. And forget the phrase 'alcohol fuelled violence', or 'drug fuelled violence'. It is violence in its simplest and purest form and should not be tolerated.
Bring back ecstasy tabs I say. At least everyone loved everyone back then.