A note before continuing: I have nothing but a deep and abiding hatred for Cameron and his merry band of sharp-suited Nazi fuckwits, as this blog frequently attests – before some numbskull accuses me of being pro-government.
The headline “Stuart Rodger sentenced 100 hours community service for shouting at David Cameron” is causing the Internet and Twitterverse to get its knickers in a twist, the claim being that “shouting at Cameron” is now a crime.
But is it? Well, actually, no. It’s an absurd and doubtless deliberate distortion of the facts.
Let’s look at those facts.
Rodger managed to access a secure area, and hide. The fact that the security was abysmal is not necessarily a mitigating factor in this instance, as he was clearly aware he shouldn’t have been there, though it is cause for further investigation. He then waited for Cameron to arrive before emerging from hiding (in a toilet), to yell “No public sector cuts!” at Cameron, before having his collar felt and being hauled away, an event which Rodger, himself, no doubt viewed as an inevitable consequence.
Those facts are a matter of record. As, indeed, is the subsequent charge of “behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by violating a security cordon, shouting and failing to desist, attempting to approach Mr Cameron and causing fear and alarm.”.
OK, the fear and alarm bit is demonstrably unprovable, though if I were Cameron I’d be terrified that one day, an armed and desperate person is going to get through my security (one can but hope), but the rest has Rodger bang to rights.
So, the unassailable fact is that Rodger was charged with an offence that he pretty bloody obviously committed, to which he sensibly pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 100 hours community service. I don’t see a problem. Let’s face it, if it had happened in London not, as it did, in Glasgow, he’d be in jail on some trumped up charge and there really would be something to worry about.
He’s also a repeat offender, having previously been fined £200 for causing a breach of the peace by chucking blue paint over Clegg something which, then as now, he must have known he wasn’t going to get away with.
In that respect, then, he’s to be applauded – he made his protests and accepted, as far as I know without complaint, the inevitable punishment.
He – again as far as I know – isn’t the one whining about being punished for shouting at Cameron, that’s left to the numpties who are happy to take his name in vain and distort the facts as they are known and recorded.
It is manifestly NOT a crime to shout at Cameron, though I’m very sure he wishes it was (and, of course, it depends on what one shouts), though it is, without a shadow of doubt, an offence to break the law in order to do so. Which is what happened in this case.
There is no martyrdom here, no burgeoning police state (there is ample evidence for a British police state, but this most certainly is not it), just a guy making a personal protest in the knowledge that he would have to accept the consequences.
That he might do so again is entirely possible, but it would be more appropriate, if you agree with him, to support him by chipping in to pay his fine (if fine there be), and costs, rather than twisting the very well established facts way past breaking point in support of some dubious political agenda.
Because that makes you look every bit as mendacious an arsewipe as Cameron himself.