Like many "acts" that sound like a good idea, this is little more than an excuse to expand police state powers. But I'll let Mr. Robinson explain the matter at his blog:
Serious Organised Crime & Police Act 2005 is stupid
Great short film that explains why the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 is stupid. The Act has actually made it illegal for MPs to do fairly normal things. For instance, Gordon Brown broke the law when he met Nelson Mandela in Trafalgar Square.
During the freedom to protest assembly this afternoon, Brian Haw (who was peacefully filming events in whitehall) was violently attacked by a territorial support group policeman who lashed out at him, smashing his camera into his face and causing a deep cut. Police then arrested brian for an unspecified public order offence and further assaulted him in a police van.
The real targets of SOCPA--not crime, organized or otherwise, but people protesting peacefully:
So how do you go from that to this?
No MP's among them, I see.
Clearly a case of "with great power comes a great dearth of responsibility".
That's what SOCPA is all about:
Too much power;
That's not a world I want to live in.