Minister Tony McNulty has signed Statutory Instrument 2007 No. 930 – The Serious
Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Designated Sites under Section 128) Order
2007 which comes into force on 1st June 2007.
This “designates” some more
sites, under the Serious Organised Crime and
Police Act 2005 Section 128
controversially this now “designates” the entire Palace of
Westminster and Portcullis House office buildings, crucially, even the formerly public access areas such the
Central Lobby or the Committee Rooms.
It is intolerable
for any Police officer and / or the Attorney General to have the power of
arrest and prosecution on a charge which could lead to up to 51 weeks in prison
in these particular areas, threatening and chilling the democratic right of
constituents. to meet and lobby their Members of Parliament, or to listen to
the proceedings of Select Committees etc.
Now it appears that you can be arrested, on the whim of a Police officer or the instruction of a Minister of State, inside Parliament both under Section 128 and Section 132 of the Act.
Adolf Hitler did
that in 1934 to the Reichstag. Just before he arranged for Police and Gestapo
to arrest Opposition parties. (note: SOCPA does NOT exclude MP’s from its
the new list of 'designated areas' also now includes the Royal homes. This itself has
sinister undertones if Dictatorship is on the agenda.
as Adolf Hitler had the Gestapo, a political police force, so the Home
Secretary has the SOCA. Note that unlike the Police Forces in the UK, and the Armed forces who
swear allegiance to the Crown, SOCA is responsible ONLY to the Home Secretary.
1, section 20 of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency Act 2005
20 SOCA is not to be regarded-
(a) as the servant or agent of the Crown, or
(b) as enjoying any status, immunity
or privilege of the Crown; and SOCA's property is not to be regarded as
property of, or property held on behalf of, the Crown.
In a free society, the rights and
laws protect the individual from the government.
In a dictatorship, the rights and laws protect the government from the