Jesus fucking Christ. The only saving grace is that it was apparently done by a total idiot, because it’s all over Twitter and this convenient Reddit thread, which has a number of links to Twitter comments. Apparently, the Opposition is even more outraged by it than I am, with one MP leaving the building to join the protesters.
If there’s a technical, nit-picky, legalistic reason this isn’t idiotic cack-handed censorship, I’m not interested in hearing it. It just is not done in a civilized society. Protest is not to be swept under the rug, it is to be aired and evaluated in a free and open forum.
BTW, I’m using this stunning acquiescence on the BBC’s part as evidence against its independence from Her Majesty’s Government. The BBC obviously knows who has ultimate editorial control.