BBC Radio Four
Mark Thomas: my life in serious organised crime
One of my favorite comedians, Mark Thomas [World Record Holder, slogan: 'If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention'] taking the right old piss-a-roonie out of the kafka-esque law that requires you to get permission from the police to demonstrate in Parliament Square (or anywhere within a Km).
Wearing the wrong badge and standing for more than a minute outside Parliament is an offence!
The police seem to get the joke - 'specially the bit where he's asking for permission for a demonstration calling for the dismissal of the boss of the policeman he's dealing with - at one point they cheer him and another he's escorted by police to protect him from arrest!
Policeman: "why, profanity is subjective!"
He applys to wear a red Nose on red Nose day (in Parliament Square) and much more. I liked the explanation of the terrible threat to surrealism.
Here's the show on BBC Radio 4:
- Radio Four page
- YouTube: Mark Thomas
- Mark Thomas' website
- Photos: 21 demos in a day
- The official site of Brian Haw, the permanent peace protestor of Parliament Square, London
- Wikipedia: Brian Haw
- Thomas debating the law on BBC News 24 with a Tory