Mark Thomas invokes deeply mixed feelings for me, as you might imagine.
In this case, however, I have to hand him due credit and doff my cap.
A police officer recorded on an official form that Thomas may have been carrying weapons as he had an "over-confident attitude". Nothing was found.
The officer said his shoulder bag "may contain such items due to the over-confident attitude of Mr Thomas". He is also said to have told Thomas he "appeared to know what you were talking about" at the rally. The officer added: "If we only stopped and searched people who looked nervous and shifty and didn’t stop the ones who looked over-confident you would be able to get one past us," according to legal papers lodged by Thomas, which were not disputed by the police.
In a letter to Thomas, Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Baxter of the Met’s professional standards department said: "I would like to express my regret for the distress that you have suffered … and offer my unreserved apologies." The officer who carried out the search had received "formal words of advice".
Wait, roll that back a bit. ‘Regret for the distress that you have suffered’?
Distress, you weasel-worded bastard? Why not call it what it is? Humiliation, intimidation, bullying and oppression. Take your fucking pick.