Public Order Act: are you really happy for people to be arrested for walking slowly?

Police: mind how fast you walk, otherwise you’re nicked!

This Writer is not a massive fan of Just Stop Oil – some of that group have committed acts of vandalism that I can’t condone.

That being said, is there really a good reason for arresting these people because they’ve been walking slowly down a street?

Here’s what a vote for the Conservatives has achieved:

Who benefits?

The police don’t. They look like tinpot tyrants.

Any drivers who were held up by the slow walking? They don’t. They’ll have been stopped by the cops to give witness statements so that’s more time out of their day.

Suella Braverman? No. She comes across as a fascist.

The Tory government? Possibly – because more people know about the Public Order Act than have (so far) experienced how it works, and a proportion of them will approve of the idea of punishing protesters.

Then again, it is also possible to dissuade the Tory government from believing that. You just vote for somebody else in today’s (May 4, 2023) local elections (if you’re in England or Northern Ireland) and hope that enough other people have done the same.

The trouble with that is, it’s like one of those ‘trust’ exercises. Or the “prisoner’s dilemma” in game theory – people bank on everyone acting for personal gain rather than voting in everybody’s interest.

So now you have another reason to vote against the Tories.

Or have you?

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1 thought on “Public Order Act: are you really happy for people to be arrested for walking slowly?

  1. flttymartyn

    The tories and their corrupt, tax evading cronies are totally determined to destroy Britain and all for greed, for personal profit! They have almost finished destroying the postal service, they have almost finished destroying the NHS, Those using food banks have risen in their thousands as are the amount of homeless living on our streets,which include military veterans who have served Britain! People cannot now afford to live on the meager wages they receive. Something must be done….Starmer won’t do anything because he is part of the problem.

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