by Stephen Tall on April 9, 2009
Cast your minds back to 1st April, and the G20 protests in London. You may recall two trenchant articles by The Times’s Daniel Finkelstein savaging four senior Lib Dems – Baroness Williams, Simon Hughes, Chris Huhne and David Howarth – for acting as legal observers monitoring the policing of the climate camp protest timed to coincide with the G20 summit.
Let me refresh your memories. Danny accused this “extraordinary delegation” of Lib Dems of an “extraordinary insult” to the police, and demanded Nick Clegg use Danny’s blog to denounce or renounce the activities of his colleagues.
Lib Dem Voice took Danny to task for ignoring serious disquiet about previous policing of protests on three occasions last week, here, here and here. So, too, did the vast majority of the 71 comments left on the Comment Central blog.
Danny’s now-not-so-trenchant response? Total silence.
On Tuesday the news broke of the Guardian video showing a police officer launching a vicious and unprovoked attack on a non-protesting G20 bystander, Ian Tomlinson, who subsequently died of a heart attack. Did Comment Centrral – Danny’s “rolling guide to opinion on the web” – find anything in this shocking story worth commenting on? Not so far.
So come on, Danny, why not break your G20 silence? Surely you owe your readers an explanation? And Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems an apology. (Don’t worry, we won’t hold our breaths).