HC Deb 23 February 1911 vol 21 cc2075-6

asked the Secretary of State whether he is aware that the exhibition of the red flag and the use of trea- sonable language on the national monument erected to commemorate the services of Nelson are resented by loyal citizens without distinction of party; and whether he will arrange for the speakers at anarchist, republican, and insurrectionary meetings held in Trafalgar Square to be accommodated with a platform other than the plinth of the Nelson column?


The use of the plinth for public meetings has been allowed by successive Governments for many years, and I see no reason to interfere with the established practice. If any speakers use seditious language they can, if necessary, be prosecuted; but there is no ground for differentiating between the treatment of speakers at one meeting and speakers at another.


Is it the right hon. Gentleman's opinion that long usage of a bad practice justifies its continuance?