I think it looks quite poignant with Dad walking away and the shape of the path with the Rotunda in the background.
Anyway the UK government has introduced the 2008 Counter-Terrorism Act section 76 thereof makes it an offence to to take a photograph of a police office, military personnel or member of the intelligence services—or a photograph which 'may be of use for terrorism.
This is rather vague don't you think? Does this mean we can no longer take a photo of Buckingham Palace because there'll be a soldier in it? A photo of the Horseguards? Well they are soldiers!
Yes I'm sure that isn't the intention but there is a point here.
Vernon Coaker, the minister for policing, crime and security, told the NUJ last year that photography could be limited
on the grounds of national securityin
situations in which the taking of photographs may cause or lead to public order situations or inflame an already tense situation or raise security considerations, or
to prevent a breach of the peace
Val Swain, a member of Fitwatch, a collective which photographs police intelligence teams taking pictures of protesters, said:
I took a picture of an officer on my camera phone and he walked over and said, 'you are going to delete that'. We're in a public place, he's in a public role and he knew that. They've been gearing up for it but so far they've stopped short of arresting people. Now they will have the power to do it.
Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the NUJ, said:
Police officers ... believe they have the power to delete images or to take editorial decisions about what can and can't be photographed. The right to take photos in a public place is a precious freedom. It is what enables the press to show the wider world what is going on.
I've no idea what that all this means but I expect that the Police will use it as they see fit.
As much as we have to protect ourselves from terrorists I don't believe that curbing our civil liberties still further is the way to do it.
If you object to this law and are a British Citizen then this petition may interest you.
For my part I've emailed my MP and told him that alas I won't be voting for him next year. 1) he's a government minister and 2) he has a 92 majority.
I regret this because I think he is a decent consitituency MP but I think I've had enough of being "protected" by New Labour.