The following is an excerpt from the BayFM local news for Thursday 2 August.
‘After the recent very successful Splendour in the Grass and over 40 years since the famous Woodstock festival, local area police commander, Superintendent Stuart Wilkins, has finally reached the startling conclusion that taking drugs at rock and roll festivals is, as he puts it, a culture.
‘And, he adds sternly, it must stop! A casual worker at Splendour who spoke to BayFM on condition of anonymity says that, not content with searching people at the entrance gates and throughout the venue every day, the police spent much of their time snooping and sniffing around the tents of campers, an action which is of questionable legality and highly disturbing.
‘Our indignant informant asks, “exactly what do they hope to achieve, apart from further alienation between the police and the public, and the criminalisation, possible incarceration, and utter ruination of the lives of otherwise innocent and law abiding young people”.
‘“When will the police grow up and start acting like decent people regarding recreational drug usage, instead of (acting like) bullying, gun-toting adolescent thugs?”’
And so say all of us!