Thursday, May 26, 2005

Commons protest

Messer’s Ferry, Tomlinson and others have today been found guilty of public order offences following their “invasion” of the House of Commons.

Whilst I sympathise with their viewpoint their actions cannot be justified. However their arrest, trial and fine in marked contrast to the treatment handed out to anti-war protesters who did the same thing in the Welsh Assembly.

They were merely detained by the police for an hour or so then quietly released. Rumour has it they even got a cup of tea….

Why are hunt protesters and peace protesters treated differently when they commit the same offence?


Blogger Druss said...

Anti war protesters, well we will hold them for a bit( whats 45mins between friends). But the others well thats a serious offense and all that,,,


4:10 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Sheppard said...

Yes quite an interesting parallel. I don't think the hunt protestors helped their cause (certainly not in the constituency I stood in), and it wouldn't be something I would condone, but it will be interesting to see what penalties will be handed out

1:00 AM  
Blogger Grangetown Labour said...

Both groups have got off very lightly in my view. On the one hand the Assembly doesn't enjoy the same privileges as Parliament, on the other the anti-war mob should at least have been charged with breach of the peace. The only result of their actions has been (as in the Commons following the F4J protest - and what does David think of the treatment of them?) the erection of big glass screens between the public gallery and Assembly floor. Such actions make the pulpit of our democracy less accessible to ordinary folk!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Derek of Monmouth said...

The differing penalties for what ever one does are only to apparent thoughout the legal system. It is another Postal Code lottery. One thing they were highlighting was the fact that this decision was made generaly by city dwellers who know nothing of the running of our countryside. I would not think it my place to vote on the RAT problems in London - I don't live there.

10:01 AM  

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