Anti-War Protests and Jury Trial
Having got extremely annoyed with the Guardian earlier, they've crawled back into my favour, like a whipped dog, with a couple of comment pieces and this rather welcome story, dating back to the initial invasion of Iraq:
Protesters Toby Olditch, 38, and Philip Pritchard, 36, used bolt cutters to enter RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. They had intended to clog the planes' engines with nuts and bolts when they were arrested by Ministry of Defence police.
There's no doubt about it - the jury must have decided, as indeed they can, that sabotaging US aircraft in the name of peace is, at a fundamental level, compatible with British justice (in particular our rather attractive notions of 'reasonableness'), if not on the face of it British law. Remarkable, and rather uplifting after the Official Secrets debacle the other week.
Oh, and Chris Eubank won't be prosecuted under the ludicrous SOCPA for his fairly ludicrous stunt of driving his truck up and down Whitehall plastered in anti-war slogans. One wonders why it was felt not to be in the public interest to have a high-profile prosecution under this doubtless important and necessary Act...