Mark Field was right

Talking of common sense, what a lot of nonsense about Mark Field, the Foreign Office Minister who removed a trespassing protestor from a Mansion House dinner.  He was dead right to take action and to remove this woman from a dinner she had no right to attend.  She was trespassing in the name of protest and should have expected to be removed with some physical restraint if necessary, either by a security guard or policeman or, as was the case here, by a public-spirited person attending the dinner.

I do not know what has happened to the Conservative Party but they have  certainly lost their courage and their common sense.  They are frightened of being branded elitist so a dinner attended by wealthy bankers, wearing black ties and in the splendour of the Mansion House clearly pressed all the wrong buttons for Mrs May and her frightened sidekicks.

Mark Field was quite right to remove this woman, gripping her firmly but fairly by the neck and moving her to the exit.  If this had been a different sort of gathering, a Jewish synagogue or a Moslem prayer meeting and an anti-Semite or a fascist protester had been manhandled away by a strong woman or a brave pensioner, I suspect we would have had a very different reaction.  Women have long campaigned for equality so can no longer expect to be treated any different to a male protester.  If she chooses to wear a smart frock to match the surroundings and it makes it difficult to take a grip on her and to restrain her, she can expect to be gripped firmly by the neck and escorted out.

This woman had no right to be in the Mansion House and Mark Field had every right to ensure she caused no harm, posed no threat and was removed as quickly and effectively as possible.  He should be commended and considered for the next Honours List and the woman should be prosecuted for trespass and, if found guilty, sentenced to community service cleaning the loos at Mansion House for a couple of months.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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