It’s likely that some politicians, journalists and broadcasters wish to ask if the poor initial police response to the rioting was in part down to the fact they were facing cuts, and some police officers took the view that “If they don’t think they need us let’s see how they get on without us.”
But they are fearful to spit the question out. I’ve heard the point made in pub conversation, doesn’t mean it’s true, but if it involved anybody but the police the issue would join the debate.
It’s called The Elephant In The Room. Not everybody knows the phrase. I once worked for a fullsize lady at the BBC who was trying to rig her ratings using a well known scam. Everybody at the station knew but nobody wanted to challenge her. I whispered to her one day “There’s a big elephant in the room”. She replied, with hurt in her eyes: ”Are you calling me an elephant?”