I have just sent this to Chief Inspector Paul Richards, who was involved in bringing down the BGG.
Dear Chief Inspector Richards
The Big Green Gathering (BGG) is a long-established, peaceful and principled festival with a strong emphasis on sustainability. This year's Gathering has been cancelled, to the inconvenience and frustration of many would-be attendees, and to the loss of many in Somerset who would have profited from the Gathering.
I am aware of the objections put by the Licensing Authority. When looked at closely, each of these objections becomes rather insubstantial. There has been an increasing insistence by the Licensing Authority year on year on ever-more expensive security, despite the historic lack of criminal activity at the BGG. This leads some to entertain the notion that the authorities would rather that the BGG did not take place at all.
It is within this context that an allegation by one witness has gained currency. The allegation is that you personally admitted after a meeting that you had been under political pressure to block the BGG this year.
A correspondent tells me that you have denied making this statement. The witness nevertheless stands by his or her statement.
I suggest that the most effective way for you to terminate the perception that A&S police received some kind of political pressure is for you to issue an affidavit to the effect that you have never in any way, neither by hint, innuendo, instruction or command, from politicians whether elected members of Parliament, Ministers, Government officials, or any other agent of government, encountered any encouragement, incentive or pressure to block, hinder, or bring about an injunction on the BGG 2009.
In that way, the perception that this ban on the festival would be banished from all but the most unreasonable minds.
I an most grateful to you for considering this suggestion, and await your reply with interest.