In response to Kathy Gyngell: The police state I never imagined I would see in this country, Graham Wood wrote:
Kathy. Thanks for being there and for penning your comment here. Of course you and thousands of others were shocked. Mulling over the YouTube recording there was no doubt the crowd was totally peaceful and therefore any police presence needed to be only a token force to fulfil their function to ensure there was no breach of the peace. As we saw, there was no violence, only peaceful assembly.
We know that it is a permanent principle acknowledged by all governments, MPs and authorities that we are (to be) governed by consent. That line was crossed yesterday by police action to prevent a German medical doctor from speaking, thereby crossing another line of freedom of speech and freedom of association – principles which generations of Britons have fought and died for. We also believe strongly in the accountability of governments and other agencies (police) to be accountable to ‘we the people’. That line was also crossed yesterday by the unaccountable action of the Metropolitan police.
I now suggest as a result that we call out the government via our MPs on this issue which have allowed these principles to be ridden roughshod over. Very simply it is vital that we contact our own MPs (by email not letter) to ask them the simple question: ‘Do you believe in government by consent with free speech and association?’ Ask for a ‘yes or no’ answer. Inevitably it will be a ‘yes’. In which case, further ask: ‘If so, what justification is there for the Met in preventing free speech in Trafalgar Square, and for their harassment, and arrests of those engaged in legitimate protest there on Saturday?’
It is time for MPs to declare where they stand and it is their duty to call the Met to account for their actions in a free and democratic society that they are supposed to represent.