As of Jan. 14, 2006, when he was made Honorary Guide, Brian Haw had spent four-and-a-half years encamped outside London Parliament to highlight the plight of Iraqi children. Arrested after a law had been passed forbidding spontaneous free speech within a one-kilometer radius of the House of Commons, Brian Haw told the police, “I’m not breaching the peace. I’m fighting for it.” He was almost immediately released: Although his sleeping bag was within shouting distance of the Prime Minister’s bedroom, he had been there before the law took effect. The High Court judges ruled that he was exempt from the ruling. Nevertheless, although police continued to harass him, Haw went back to Parliament Square and set up a peace camp. He has kept vigil there since June 2001. (See www.parliamentsquare.org.uk/

His speech about His Peace Protest