Mark Thomas tells of his campaign against the Act which requires anyone wishing to protest near the Houses of Parliament to obtain a permit.
Welcome to the world of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.
This is the law that requires you to get permission from the police to demonstrate in Parliament Square. However, what counts as a demonstration according to the police is one person with a banner or one person with a badge standing in Parliament Square for just one minute.
Being arrested for wearing a badge or a T shirt seems a tad Kim Jong Il to me.
These are strange times and we have a strange law- its a mix of Kafkaesque absurdism and British bureaucratic prowess which has lead us to the state where a woman was threatened with arrest for having a picnic in Palriament Square. Her cake had the word PEACE iced upon it and the police insisted this counted as an unauthorised political protest.
The law has seen Maya Evans arrested and convicted for reading out the names of Iraqi and British war dead by the Cenotaph.
And on Red Nose Day I had to apply and receive permission from the police to wear a red nose in Parliament Square. The police advised me that if I wore a red nose without permission I could be arrested for an having unathorised demonstration.
The show celebrates peoples protests against this law as well as trying to show the absurd lengths it has gone to.
If you have any questions about the law or want to find out how to organise your own protests or just want to argue about the programme then feel free to drop me a line here.
If you want to find out more about this act use the form below to send us your questions, Mark will be back to answer them over the coming week.