he got it for not nicking Tony's milk and doing the washing up when it was his turn? Sweet.Devil's Kitchen has a nice summary of Falconer's argument:
Lord Falconer of Enemas with Concentrated Sulphuric Acid: "I'm sorry, but that simply isn't the case. Black is white.".Her own MP tried to defend the legislation in a letter to the Independent on Monday:
Sir: I am really sorry that my constituent Maya Evans was convicted under Section 122 of the new Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (report, 8 December) ... with the current terrorist threat it would be easy to mask a terrorist atrocity under the guise of a legitimate demonstration. The easy solution would have been to simply ban such protest ... but that was not the Government's intention ... Section 122 of the Act makes protests within 1km of Parliament illegal unless authorised by the police ... the police are required to give that authorisation unless public safety or national security is compromised. Thus protests such as that of Maya Evans can be accommodated ... it should be noted that Miss Evans's fellow demonstrator Mr Rai did give such notice and was not prosecuted .... Ms Evans's prosecution is unfortunate and appears to have been somewhat zealous, but to suggest it is an attack on free speech is bizarre. Such a right must be, and indeed is, protected by this legislation.To which a good response in the next days paper was printed:
MICHAEL FOSTER MP
HASTINGS AND RYE
Sir: As the person arrested with Maya Evans, I am really sorry that my MP Michael Foster has misled himself so seriously as to the facts of her case, and as to the new law (letters, 12 December).Obviously, not read the court transcripts (tempted, but, well, time is at a premium currently).
I was the organiser of the ceremony at which Maya was arrested, and, as Mr Foster acknowledges, I did give notice to the police of the event. However, this notice was for the event as a whole, and on behalf of all those who might attend, including Maya. So therefore Maya had no need legally to give such notice as an individual participant.
Can we get them out of office somehow? Anyhow?