Does it depend on the personal interests of the judge in question - the greed of energy giants and politicians ?
Who is more guilty of dishonesty and incompetence with far-ranging consequences ? Why are they never held to account ? Indeed, some are not even fired but get the chance to resign with golden handshake. And then return to government later. Others are given knighthoods...
I don't think I would be brave enough to protest with a prospect of spending time in jail. And that is what they are counting on.
Isn't this an abuse of power and misuse of prison?
'Prison is s***, but it's worth it': Freed fracking protester jailed for 16 months vows to keep fighting injustice
Prison is ****,” he says. “But compare that to the threat of fracking and climate change – if me being in there for three weeks draws attention to that threat or galvanises support, it’s a no brainer that’s worth it.”
He wants to talk today about those environmental dangers, as well as injustice, inequality and the failure of democratic accountability in the UK.
One guy asked if I was a political prisoner,” recalls Blevins, a 26-year-old soil scientist. “I said maybe we all are in a way. He said, ‘No, I’m here because I’m greedy. You’re here because you care about the planet’. That was pretty humbling.”
Blevins – soft of voice, with a bear-like handshake – is speaking to The Independent a fortnight after the sentence was quashed. Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett called the term “manifestly excessive”, and released the three on conditional discharges.
Questions have since been raised about the original trial judge, Robert Altham, and his family links to the shale industry: his father runs JC Altham and Sons, a company understood to be part of the supply chain for energy giant Centrica, which invests heavily in fracking.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 13681.html