Speakers Corner: ban on platforms?

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    ALB
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    I don't know if this is true:

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ban-on-ladders-and-soapboxes-at-speakers-corner-80tk2nqw3

    But if so (it could be just another "health & safety" joke), it needs challenging. Anyone up for going along next Sunday or the Sunday after, with our platform, to see if it is? And, if so, to challenge it?

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    robbo203
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    ALB wrote:
    I don't know if this is true:https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ban-on-ladders-and-soapboxes-at-speakers-corner-80tk2nqw3But if so (it could be just another "health & safety" joke), it needs challenging. Anyone up for going along next Sunday or the Sunday after, with our platform, to see if it is? And, if so, to challenge it?

     Bloody nanny state "No Steps, No platforms , no chairs" indeed! Only allowed to stand on your own two feet, LOL.   Its a pity they didnt apply this same faux concern over health  and safety  with respect to your height from ground level to the  rather more pressing matter of putting workers in buildings twenty four floors high and clad in flammable material.  I suppose extendable (or even non extendable) household ladders are next on the list of things the nanny state is going to ban and thereafer, whatever few opportunities for free speech that remain…

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    hallblithe
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    Metro.co.uk has contacted the Met Police for a comment.   They previously told the Times in a statement: ‘Due to concerns for public safety, officers attended Speakers’ Corner and advised people to come down from ladders.   ‘Further discussions have taken place around the use of ladders this week and it has been agreed that two-step ladders can be used if it’s safe to do so.   ‘However, if officers believe it’s unsafe due to crowd numbers they can make an operational decision to ask speakers to come down. Police continue to support open-air ­public speaking, debate and discussion at Speakers’ Corner.’http://bit.ly/2rQffhW

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