Student Edward Woollard is jailed for 2 years 8 months for "committing violent disorder".
Now, I know you baying mob are screaming that it isn't enough. But think.
Yes, he LOOKS like a cunt. That isn't his fault. What he did was to get on the roof of some Tory gaff and lob a fire extinguisher off it. He nearly topped some Plod, protester or innocent bystander in the process.
He did something stupid. He could have hurt someone quite badly or worse, killed them.
People do stupid things. I know I do. I STILL do. I have nearly killed myself twice last year alone.
I don't agree with the student riots. I don't agree with degrees in Wayne Rooney, and I don't see why I should pay for them.
But civil disobedience is important. Protest is important. And what happens is that people get caught up in the heat of the moment, and there's always one who wants to go the extra mile.
Edward Woollard behaved like a twat. I have behaved equally twattishly and I suspect I'm not the only one. Had he killed someone, or hurt someone, he'd have to live with it. I expect that, on reflection, he wishes he hadn't done it - and not just because of the jail sentence. I often feel like that when I realise what a cunt I've just been.
But this sentence is the government making an example of someone. It would have been lower, or just been a warning and a bollocking, had it been a university or pub roof.
I have a huge problem with that. The state doesn't like it up them.