The Gloucestershire constabulary, who police an area riddled with drug related crime, found the time to arrest the 46 year old woman for “a public order offence.”
UK press claim she was arrested for filming on private property. Firstly, all UK hospitals are publicly owned and publicly funded. Secondly, whistleblowers and journalists operate under “the public interest.”
A public statement was made claiming the hospital was full due to Covid19. This meant that those suffering cancer, heart disease or any other ongoing medical conditions would be discouraged from seeking help. In the public interest this woman demonstrated that the statement was false and that the hospital was empty.
Some have claimed that this woman was an activist, not a journalist. The fact is that anyone who keeps a regular diary is a ‘journalist’. This woman has long kept an active public journal of her activism. She is therefor protected as a keyworker under Covid19 guidelines.
Samuel Peypes kept a private journal, it’s why we know about the great plague of 1665.
The local authorities said that the publicly owned and publicly funded hospital in Gloucester was full. That means it is in the public interest if it is not full.
The response to this, to arrest the woman for posting her proof online, is state over reach. The British public has been very patient and this is starting to look nasty now.
What does arresting this woman achieve? It is a warning to everyone else to stay in line or else. That, all of it, runs contrary to 1000 years of British jurisprudence.