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The long arm of the law stretches out to attempt to collar the Adam Smith Institute

I am a big fan of the Adam Smith Institute - they are as sound as it pretty well possible to be and they are generous hosts to we blogging types, witness another thoroughly entertaining bash on Wednesday. Anyway, I have been sent a photo of 'London's Finest' attempting to collar Dr Butler:




Here's the tale:


"There I was, this morning, doing an interview in the office for a Canadian TV station (they took shots of The Rotten State of Britain to use, and asked for a copy too). We'd finished the inside shots, so we went outside to do some set-ups of me walking down the street. After about 2 minutes up screeched a red police car, and two armoured officers got out to ask our business. Pretty obvious, I'd have thought, since the cameraman had a huge camera on a tripod and the interviewer was carrying one of these big microphones like a shaggy dog. But they had to provide identification and fill in forms – name, address, date of birth, height...

Sure, we're in Westminster, but I wouldn't have thought that Church House, where we are, is a particularly sensitive building.

The cameraman suggested that it was obvious what we were doing, and why did he need to fill in his details. The police officer explained that since we were on at least four different security cameras, they just had to go through the procedure".

I have not had the opportunity to buy Dr Butler's book as yet, but hear universally glowing reports. There is no direct link at the Adam Smith Institute for the book, but a link to Amazon shows up.

All pluggage aside, that the Plod have nothing better to do than harass academics going about their work is an alarming state of affairs.

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Blogger Newmania said... 7:34 pm

Believed in progressive taxation you know Adam Smith ....dubious  



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