Another blow for free speech, for no "security" benefit whatsoever:
Since the Court has now set a legal precedent by ruling that a Ceremony of Remebrance is a "demonstration" according to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, this will have a serious knock on effect on other more traditional Ceremonies.
If the SOCPA law is applied equally and fairly to every other Ceremony held within the Designated Area, then it must also affect the organisers and participants in the next Poppy Day Remebrance Sunday in Whitehall, the next Trooping of the Colour Ceremony in Horseguards Parade, the next State Opening of Parliament, the next Wedding or Funeral in Westminster Abbey or in the the Central Methodist Hall etc.
Most of these public events involve Processions, which are exempt from SOCPA, but which have their own restrictions. However, they all end up in "public places" and so they do fall foul of this bad law.(b) "public place" means any highway or any place to which at the material time the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission,
Who is going to be brave enough to arrest Her Majesty the Queen or the Archbishop of Canterbury ?