Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Above the law

I've been out most of the night enjoying some local hospitality so I missed the news, but apparently the BNP held a press conference outside the Houses of Parliament which was disrupted by a protest from a group calling itself "Unite Against Fascism" (obviously, they don't do irony).

What amazes me is that this group were apparently waving placards and chanting - which is fair enough as that is what protesters do - but I thought there was a law prohibiting protests within a certain radius of parliament?

As anyone knows, the Houses of Parliament is protected by a number of armed, uniformed police officers as well as a fair few of plain clothes milling about. It should not have been possible for this group to get anywhere near the Houses of Parliament with their placards - and on having done so they should have been arrested immediately.

The fact that they did get to protest where they did and that nobody tried to stop them tells me an awful lot about that protest - i.e. it must have been condoned by somebody in authority who feels they have the power to usurp the law.

That is more scary than any BNP press conference.


Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. It was the misinformation and smears in the media and behaviour such as that displayed today that caused me to vote for the BNP, among many other legitimate and non-racist reasons.

JuliaM said...

"I thought there was a law prohibiting protests within a certain radius of parliament?"

Oh, that law is strangely flexible. It doesn't seem to apply to the hordes of Tamils that have beseiged the area for weeks now...

Bob's Head Revisited said...

Good point, Stan. I thought it was within 1Km? Not sure. Couldn't find anything definitive on Google.