The following is a copy of the letter I sent to my MP (Nicola Blackwood, CON, Oxford West and Abingdon) regarding the comments in parliament made by Theresa May with regard to the anti-cuts protests in London on 2011-03-26.
Dear Nicola Blackwood, Of the ~200  thugs Theresa May stated had been arrested during and after the recent protests in London, 138  were the "mindless thug[s]"  involved in occupying Fortnum & Mason. I direct your attention to a video (published by the Guardian) taken by 'legal observers' within the Fortnum & Mason store . The video shows a police chief inspector calmly telling the protesters that they: are free to go, will be safely escorted from the building, and had not been involved in violent thuggery. So, Theresa May made a political statement which contradicted the legal opinion of a police chief inspector (or the inspector was lying when addressing the public); either is distressing. In all likelihood the charges against the individuals arrested will be minor or will be dropped entirely; However, it is a concern if a trumped up charge for a public order offence could in future results in having you banned from attending protests. In the mean time the figures are being used to fuel a cross party zeal for authoritarian measures. I would like your assurances that you will act to ensure that stereotyping and knee jerk reactions do not drive policy. You seem to be a keen question writer and I'm generally happy with the tone you've taken on the Protection of Freedoms Bill; perhaps you’d consider a question to the home secretary on this issue? (I have no involvement with UK Uncut or know anyone personally effected by the events in question; I’m simply concerned by the tone taken by MPs on this issue) Yours sincerely, Craig Loftus 1. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id=2011-03-28a.25.2 2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/28/cuts-protest-uk-uncut-fortnum 3. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id=2011-03-28a.30.5 4. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2011/mar/28/fortnum-mason-protesters-uk-uncut-video
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