Thursday, 8 December 2005

Will Blair Remember Them?

The exclusion zone of protest outside our nations Parliament at Westminster has resulted in a most illiberal conviction.

Yesterday under Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act a 25 year old woman was found guilty for reading out the names of the Iraq War dead at, wait for it, central London's Cenotaph. You probably know it, it is just down the road from Tony Blair's central London flat and it has a starring role every November when the Queen leads the tributes laying her wreath on its steps.

But it falls within half a mile of the Palace's of Westminster and therefore is subject to no protests, therefore it is hardly any wonder that Tony Blair cannot hear the voice of the people they are being kept up to half a mile away from him while he remains tucked up in the Westminster village.

What next: a motorist arrested for arguing with a traffic warden in Parliament Square? A tourist arrested for wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt while taking a picture of the Great Clock of Westminster?

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