"We are hereby licenced to protest against protest licencing"
1.15pm Mark and Brian enjoy a 'legal' debate about democracy in 2006.
1.48pm "The gathering is still legal as they are discussing other stuff."
As Big Ben struck 1.45 those who had gathered stopped discussing politics (as that was now illegal) and started talking about non-political subjects like football and the weather. There was always the risk that these topics might lead into political territory like global warming or ‘Is it un-PC to support England?’ but no arrests were made. Sadly no Police were around to confirm the parameters of the discussion as the demo coincided with happy hour in Soho. Fortunately two community support officers were on hand to pass the message on so that any alerts concerning a terror threat to parliamentary democracy could be avoided.
On a serious note the discussion held (legally) between the hours of 1pm and 1.45pm was most engaging and productive .It was agreed by those present that the recent changes to the law with regard to Parliament and it’s surroundings area were confusing and needed further investigation. For this reason a number of (legal) demos will called in the coming days to test the possible implications for anyone wishing to make their point in countrys with a
reputation for defending democracy like this one.
Rumours were circulating that a protest was being planned for Saturday June 3rd by ‘surrealists’ which should help those who are interested determine what is political. Fears of a counter demonstration against the ‘Defence of Surrealism’ protest by ‘Cubists’ or ‘Impressionists’ have yet to be confirmed………..