Tory minister suspended after he grabbed Greenpeace activist by the throat

Attack: Mark Field said he acted in the belief that a peaceful, female Greenpeace protester might be about to do violence. But – in this image – who is attacking who?

If you had not heard of Mark Field before today, nobody could blame you.

The only reference to him on This Site is from 2014, when he was named as one of many Conservative MPs with a stake in private health companies who was therefore likely to profit by allowing those firms to provide NHS services.

It’s a reasonable bet that you’ll have heard of him now, though – he has become infamous overnight after he grabbed a female Greenpeace activist by the throat and forcibly ejected her from the Mansion House, where she was taking part in a climate change protest at the annual dinner for bankers and politicians where Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond was making a speech.

As I type this, it is emerging that (caretaker) prime minister Theresa May has suspended Mr Field from his job as a Foreign Office minister, due to his apparent behaviour in this incident.

Let’s look at the video footage, courtesy of ITV reporter Paul Brand:

Mr Brand’s subsequent thread is worth reading:

Take note of that – he says she did not appear to present any immediate threat. That is important when considering the subsequent protestations of people like Peter Bottomley.

Not half!

No complaint has (yet) been made to the police. But fellow activist Hannah Martin has tweeted this statement:

Some Tories rushed to defend Mr Field’s behaviour, quoting bizarre reasons. Peter Bottomley was quoted by The Mirror as saying it was justified because “a person could be carrying a collapsible truncheon”. Mr Bottomley added: “He intervened. I congratulate him for that. I would have done the same.”

Have a look at the footage again and ask yourself where she could have been hiding a truncheon. In her (tiny) handbag?

Here’s Mike Hurst, who labels himself as a security professional, standing up for Mr Field – and being thrown a truth bomb by another Twitter user:

How about this comment – and the response from a formerly battered wife:

Mr Field himself has released the following statement: “In the confusion many guests understandably felt threatened and when one protester rushed past me towards the top table I instinctively reacted.

“There was no security present and I was for a split second genuinely worried she might have been armed.

“As a result I grasped the intruder firmly in order to remove her from the room as swiftly as possible.”

“Grasped the intruder firmly”? He slammed her against a pillar.

He added: “I deeply regret this episode and unreservedly apologise to the lady concerned for grabbing her but in the current climate I felt the need to act decisively to close down the threat to the safety of those present.”

The “Tory Racism” Twitter account has slowed the footage and added a commentary – making the important point that not one person out of the 350 at the dinner lifted a single finger to help the peaceful protester who was being manhandled out of the room by a man who had gone for her throat:

This lack of intervention has been roundly condemned:

Tim O’Seery tweeted: “I actually find this quite harrowing. He brutalised this young woman while the rest of the Chinless Wonders just sat there and watched. This was assault and people have a Public Duty to prevent this sort of thing happening, if they can.”

Mr Field’s action is even more questionable when one examines his own – expressed – attitude to climate change. In a tweet just two weeks ago, he stated: “Climate security must be at the heart of foreign policy work at a global level. I am grateful for Germany’s action in shining a spotlight on this issue at the Climate and Security Conference yesterday and look forward to continuing our work together.”

To this, ‘Geri the Gerbil’ appended: “As long as they don’t interrupt my dinner.”

Of course there is a political aspect to this:

A petition has been launched to get Mr Field sacked:

Last word on this (for now) should go to Tom Clark of Another Angry Voice:

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  1. nmac064 June 21, 2019 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Yet another overfed and cowardly Tory bully.

  2. Stu June 21, 2019 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Surely the question should be asked “What is the root of the divisiveness that makes Tory MP’s afraid of being attacked?”

  3. Zippi June 21, 2019 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    To play devil’s advocate; they were not protesting outside, they were intruders. The wisdom of hindsight is a wonderful things. People are understandably fearful of such attacks as that which took place at £ondon Bridge, and other places. I’m not saying that I agree that the response was proportionate but it is, perhaps, understandable and people who wish to carry out such demonstrations should bare this in mind. M.P.s have been threatened with violence and we know that one has been killed. Two wrongs do not make a right but put yourself in his shoes, for a moment and ask yourself, honestly, what you would have done.

    • Mike Sivier June 23, 2019 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      I would have asked this woman if her group had a spokesperson and then requested that such a person should have a chance to be heard. Then my group would have been seen as the tolerant party and the others would have been judged according to their message and the way they delivered it.

    • wildswimmerpete June 23, 2019 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      They weren’t “intruders”, they had paid-for tickets.

  4. Dez June 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Worse this information reveals his background in private medical services which we can all recall was Germery Hunts favourite target for his commercial US chums plundering the NHS for gain……read Greed. So Field reports to that same Hunt so the mission to privatise NHS is still ongoing and like the TV franchise debacle Hunts greedy globalist fingerprints are still all over the situation. Thankfully Hunt is not in the winners enclosure… the moment. However his greed and power grabbing goes before him in a snake like manner. His inhuman attitude and moronic impact to implementing the now infamous Universal Debit and the deaths of many vulnerable claimants victims cull of this inhuman robot of conservatism and globalism cull will remain forever on my list of his so called achievements……which will be suitably rewarded should he actually slither his way into the presence of God.

  5. wildswimmerpete June 21, 2019 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    As to Field’s claim that the “activist could be armed” perhaps he suspected she had a Kalashnikov AK-47 stuffed inside her dress.

  6. Florence June 21, 2019 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Very little comment AFAIK on the fact this *man* was totally comfortable using over the top violence against a smaller woman. Many real men would not have raised a hand, let alone rough her up. It almost looks like it’s boundary he is way past already.

  7. Keith June 22, 2019 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    It seems that bullying and violence are intrinsically linked with these Tory MP’s…

  8. random bloke June 23, 2019 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    In fear for his safety my arse! Look at the chumps face he looked more angry than anything else. If he can act like that in front of the camera I feel bad for his missus.
    As for the rest of the room they don’t react because they don’t see anything wrong.
    The only time people like that see regular people is when they lift their shoe to check what they just trod in.

  9. Rik June 25, 2019 at 1:09 am - Reply

    What a complete Bastard this thing is (sry about the word B *****d) Yes he thinks of us as them, that, you lot, people like you… & friggin stockstock. . . I hope if there is another GE labour get in as I’m sure we cannot go another 5 years or so of these ********

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