Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The law is the law isn't it?

My mate Ron threw this little conundrum in my direction last night at the Blood Tub pub…. Last Friday, 7/7/06 was the first anniversary of the London bombings. During all the tributes, the silent contemplation and the remembering of fallen colleagues, all the names of the dead were read out one by one in a solemn ceremony of tribute. Ron watched it – and wondered when the riot squad would turn up to arrest the people reciting the deceased roll call – as they had committed a serious offence….

I scoffed, "What are you going on about?"….

"Well", said Ron. "It’s happened before, hasn’t it? Remember Autumn last year, Maya Evans was prosecuted for standing by the Cenotaph in Whitehall with a piece of paper in her hand."….

Apparently, Ms Evans had dangerously and recklessly broken the law by reading out names of dead British soldiers killed in an illegal war instigated by Blair and his pal from over the pond. Inevitably, the heavy mob turned up and arrested her. She was found guilty of breaching Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.

Miss Evans said after sentencing – "I do not agree with the Act. I just think it's a shame that you can't voice your freedom of speech in this country any more and it is illegal to hold a remembrance ceremony for the dead."

Apparently not – Maya, next time you feel like acting like a laureate yobbo, just remember to make sure you invite Sir Ian Blair and Ken Livingstone to the ceremony….

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