I cannot really see what the big deal is with yesterday's Guardian front page story,
"Police: We have network of informers among protestors." Can't say that a practise that has been going on for 30 plus years is really an exclusive...and yes the Police have always been reliant on informers or Chis's as they're now called (Covert Human Intelligence Sources). As a Police Officer you were always expected to obtain information from those that were in custody so Matilda Gifford who was one of those from the environmental action group Plane Stupid arrested at Aberdeen Airport who Police tried to recruit as an informant is not unique. How does the Guardian think the Police managed to catch the Animal Liberation terrorists who were recently jailed?...it wasn't luck and good judgement that's for sure.
Either the Guardian were extremely naive to utilise so many words on this story or they had no real stories to fill the pages so they came up with a rubbish story like this.
Whichever reason it was, the once esteemed Guardian has gone down in my estimation and I won't be in a hurry to buy another one.