Britain and its tyrannical judges have taken away jury rights and an utter menace to
getting any form of justice in UK courts. Two judgements today , one against the motorbike
parking protest and one against the peace protesters.
Parliament Square peace protesters told to pack their tents and go
Peace protesters in Parliament Square will be thrown out after losing an eviction battle with Boris Johnson today.
The Democracy Village set up near the House of Commons in May must be dismantled, the Appeal Court ruled.
But the judge was forced to leave amid chaotic scenes as activists shouted “hypocrite” and accused him of running a pirate court. The Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, rejected an appeal against eviction and refused the group leave to take their case to the Supreme Court.
The so-called peace campaigners must now pay 80 per cent of the estimated £110,000 legal costs of bringing the case. If they fail to pay, the Mayor must decide whether to spend more money chasing the debt or write it off and let the taxpayer foot the bill.
Mr Johnson welcomed the ruling, saying: “I am very, very pleased. The ethos of these kind of protesters is something I have great sympathy for, but this thing was doing too much damage to a World Heritage site. It was an unsustainable expense to the public purse and was becoming an eyesore.”
Colin Barrow, leader of Westminster City Council, said: “We are delighted by this decision as we feel the hijacking of one of London's historic public spaces needs to be brought to an end.
“We all support peaceful protest, but it is completely unacceptable for parts of our city to be occupied and turned into no-go areas by vociferous minorities, however laudable their cause.
“This decision will mean ordinary Londoners and visitors can once again use the square.” High Court officers were unable to give a timetable for eviction but police will be sent in to ensure protesters comply with the order.
Today activists claimed they would continue to fight but experts said they had run out of legal options and must now leave. The camp was set up on May 1, sparking a protracted legal battle.
High Court judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams last month granted orders sought by Mr Johnson but their enforcement was delayed pending an appeal. Counsel for the protesters argued that the Mayor had no right to evict them as he did not own the land, which belongs to the Queen. But Mr Johnson's lawyer successfully argued that Parliament Square Gardens is an open space which the public has a right to use.
He said there was a pressing social need to prevent camps on the site for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others to access. The court also heard it was vital to protect health, as the camp had no running water or lavatories and attracted homeless people, alcoholics and drug users.
Today, as Lord Neuberger made his ruling together with Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice Stanley Burnton, a threadbare protester calling himself Friend — real name Ian Hobbs — told the court: “Put the costs down to me.”
Lecturer Camilla Power, 51, of Battersea, said: “We won't leave until we're made to. We're non-violent but will stand our ground. That's what protesters have done historically at Parliament Square, including the Suffragettes.”
Anthony Bexley, 52, who has been at the camp since the start, said: “They'll need to move us physically. We'll take this to the Court of Human Rights.”
Mr Johnson said the police would not be “brutal” in removing the protesters but insisted the law had to be upheld. The camp has been called a sewer by MPs, who feared activists' use of straw bales as latrines put hygiene at risk.