reported in January, today's environmentally conscientious youth have embarked on a concerted campaign of countinghouse-clinches, treasury-tweaking and semi-licit bank-squeezing. The pioneers of this not-for-profit venture are the soi-disant "Superglue 3", who sought to draw attention to the Royal Bank of Scotland's funding of tar sand oil extraction by supergluing themselves to the door of Edinburgh's Nicolson Street branch. In this mission, they were assisted by a ragbag band of baby-faced troubadours and semi-rhythmic wagglers, lurching to the strains of a doggerelised version of Lady Gaga's Pokerface. This viscid troika would be of minimal interest to Scots lawyers, had the procurator fiscal not decided to proceed against them in Edinburgh Sheriff Court, libelling a breach of the peace. You can inspect the locus in quo for yourself in this video footage from the not-really paralysed financial scene:
Is gluey hindrance of the ingress and egress of the lieges from a banking establishment “conduct severe enough to cause alarm to ordinary people and threaten serious disturbance to the community”? Sheriff Neil MacKinnon certainly thought so, holding that their conduct amounted to a breach of the peace and advising them that:
" ... members of the public go to their bank to deal with matters of finance, private or personal, and it is unsurprising that your actions provoked not only irritation but anger."
Shrieval mercy was forthcoming, however, and the three were simply admonished, meaning that their conviction will be recorded but no fine or other penalty is to be imposed. A critical precedent in the annals of Scots criminal jurisprudence it might not be, but for those of you who have been harbouring a secret desire to affix yourself to Scotland's civic buildings and business establishments - take note.