When I worked in Parliament and then Westminster area they became part of the every day scene and a reminder that our democracy is based on free speech, something as a Liberal Democrat, I am immensely proud of.
Boris, you have got this one wrong, what harm are they actually doing?
Don't we have a right to protest in this democratic country of ours?
In The Guardian, Shami Chakrabati, director of Liberty, the human rights campaign group, said:
"We are very sad to see that on a day that is supposed to celebrate British democracy, peaceful dissent is also shut down. The new coalition government has promised to restore the right to non-violent protest. Attempts to clear Parliament Square are not the most promising start."Now, I accept when I worked in the area there were no more than 10 tents and now there in excess of 30+, but surely we should still remain focussed on the fact that this is a democratic country with free speech?
These people have not scaled the walls of Parliament nor broken through security like the Greenpeace protesters have in the past. No, they have merely pitched a tent and are protesting about a cause they believe in opposite the Mother of all Parliaments as is their right to do so in this country.
Let us hope Boris Johnson fails in his bid to remove them.