I think this is pretty funny:
I am going into the building trade. Property developer. And my first project is a block of flats. I thought I’d use concrete, sling the thing together over a few days and leave any debris just lying there.
The best venue for such a structure is obvious. I am going to have it built in Parliament Square opposite the House of Commons. That way, even if the accommodation leaves something to be desired, the view and the transport links will be fantastic, and it will be convenient for anyone with a job in the West End or the City.
Now, I can see your objection immediately. It might get in the way, block the light into the Palace of Westminster and be a bit of an eyesore. So how can I expect to get planning permission? Well, don’t worry. I’ve thought of everything. For I am not intending to build an ordinary block of flats. I am building an anti-war block of flats.
In order to ensure that my building be allowed to remain I have ordered up little mosaic stones with which to adorn the side of the building that faces our MPs. It will read “BLIAR”. And if I have enough stones left over I will try “BEWARE OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER”. Do this, and I won’t require planning permission. I will be able to point out that I have the right to protest. Move my block of flats? Don’t you oppress me!
I didn’t realize that protest camp in Parliament Square has been there since 2001. That’s insane.
My plans for a block of flats reveal the flaw in their argument. The right to protest and the right to establish a new dwelling place are not the same thing. Anyone should have the right to go to Parliament Square with a placard and stand there for a period. We can argue about whether they should be forced to depart for the evening or allowed to remain for as long as they can stand. But they should not be allowed to camp out, leaving their banners behind while they sleep in a tent.