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I'll ask for permission for my good friend Brian Haw to protest as well. The Act says the Commissioner MUST give authorization. He can set conditions, but they must reasonably relate to the usual: disruption, security risk, and safety. People can already be arrested on those pretexts, even without this law, so the new conditions cannot logically be different.
If he claims that you can't hold up a sign because there might be a bomb levitating behind it, then he has not fullfilled his statutory requirment of "reasonable opinion".
Not that arguing with a policeman is ever a successful prospect. Even worse than Home Secretaries, they are. Neither has the mandate to tell us where, when, how, what, wherefore we choose what to say to politicians who have decided that they rule over us. It's not right.Julian Todd, 13 years ago.