I'm sorry, but the idea that a photographer cannot persue their passion photographing a building (on public property), a landscape scene or something else that seems to scare the life out of the Tripod Police is a joke. Section 44 'stop and search' has been abused by the Boys in Blue and overzealous security guards. What gets me is that I am photgraphing (i.e. Big Ben) with a 10-20mm lens, equipped with filters and (the important bit) a tripod, while Johnny Foreigner is snapping away with their 8mp mobile phone with a x50 lens built in….now come on…..
Why does this idea matter?
To restore faith in our wonderful country and allow us to move freely and allow us to have freedom. I have more freedom in Ukraine and Russia taking pictures than in this country now. Let the police do their work, but allow us to have some civil liberties….