Last night, among the mounted police charges, and baton charges, there was one person very gravely injured. Alfie, a student from Middlesex University, was beaten on the head with a truncheon. He suffered bleeding in the brain and fell unconscious on the way to hospital. He said it was the hugest blow he ever felt in his life. This follows from last week's protest, in which a student from Queen Mary named Tahmeena Bax was struck on the head three times with a baton, before being left to lie unconscious while police dismissed her injuries, insisting she was "just upset". Given the police's casual willingness to use unprovoked violence against people they don't like the look of, you have to wonder how long it will be before there is another Blair Peach or Ian Tomlinson.