Fracking campaigners jail sentences quashed. What’s going on?

The 3 anti-fracking campaigners, recently sentenced to 16 months in prison, are being released following an Appeal Court ruling.

Quashing their jail terms the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said: “We have concluded that an immediate custodial sentence in the case of these appellants was manifestly excessive.” Press report.

This extraordinary about-turn may have been just because the appeal judges honestly believed that the sentences were excessive. But it could not have escaped their notice that these draconian sentences were making the protestors martyrs. And such ‘establishment’ figures as judges would not want to give support to the anti-fracking movement or climate change protestors.