The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #56444 Message #883060
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
05-Feb-03 - 09:27 AM
Thread Name: BS: Freedom to protest in the UK ?
Subject: RE: BS: Freedom to protest in the UK ?
The suggestion that it might be in the Mall's wasn't Tessa Jowells' so far as I know - it was more a question of her being told "Well, if Hyde Park is out, would you rather half a million protestors outside Buckingham Palace in the Mall. And that didn't seem such a good idea. Crowds in the Mall are supposed to be saying "Gawd Save the Queen" not "Chuck out the Prime Minister".
My feeling is that she had the bright notion of using the time of year and the state of the grass as an excuse to ban it from Hyde Park in the hope it might not happen (Trafalgar Square being ruled out because of extensive roadworks). Remember, this is Kim Howells' boss!
Best suggestion I heard to minimise damage was that all the people on the march should make a point of bringing some grass seed and dropping it around in the park. (That's grass as in lawns...)