Harassment and threatening behaviour are not trivial matters. You will recall that I referred to s4A Public Order Act 1986 in a linked thread. Goddard and his band of 'neon Nazis' have actually surrounded Anna Soubry and blocked her path, all the while shouting into her face. As I have said, protest is our right, but threatening behaviour is something else entirely and can be dealt with under the law.
I agree @andyslc, it's hard to see what law was broken with the chanting. There appeared to be some jostling and intimidation as Soubry walked towards Parliament, I wondered if that was the offence? I couldn't believe at this point that the police did not make their presence felt more and attempt to support her. But then again, why wasn't this dealt with at the time?
It will be interested to find out as the story unfolds.
@majorincident The surrounding of Soubry as she walked outside Parliament I can understand, and that did allegedly also happen on Monday before the other incident. If it’s just the incident recorded on tv in the interview I just don’t see it myself. At the maximum it’s a s5 not a s4 and the police should have moved them on first if that was the case.
There is another possibility and that is that he threatened a war (every Saturday) which could be used against him as a reason for arrest as this could be used to demonstrate an intent to cause public disorder.
@nefarius I had to chuckle at the “the whole country is with you, James”. Clearly not.
The other thing about that video @nefarius, or rather what was said, do you think those calling the police the “gestapo” actually have any concept of what the gestapo was actually like? I wonder if the police will be passing details to DWP like they did with the disabled people protesting about fracking oop north,
If, as the video suggests he was on his way to hand himself in, making the arrest in public might be to send a message to the angry mob and remind them that their words have consequences.
A custodial sentence will reinforce the message, even if it is inevitably overturned on appeal.
For far too long people have not had to deal with any consequences to their actions which has meant they have become more brazen and increasingly more aggressive and violent (verbally and physically) because they know nothing is going to be done. So I applaud this, it just needs to be applied more consistently to get the message across.