[XAP]Bob wrote: Tell the policeman that he should reread the highway code. Just because he is uniform doesn't mean he is right.
Just a couple of points
Don't make bullets for others to fire.
Then have a look at the Marie Vescoe threads on here. IIRC, there was some bitter criticism then of a police officer who didn't do anything about cyclists on a busy main road.
I've always been concerned that the increase in farcilities would eventually lead to this sort of thing and I'm surprised it doesn't happen much more often. As the HC explains, farcilities such as these are not compulsory, but AFAIK, the courts have always upheld the power of police to direct traffic. Of course, anybody who is on the receiving end of something like this can give a it go, and like DC at Telford in slightly different circumstances, they might be acquitted but I suspect most normal people would prefer to avoid the aggro in the first place. (I don't think DC enjoyed the experience one little bit.) I'm generally pretty confident of 'knowing my rights' but I'd be very slow to refuse to comply with a traffic direction from a uniformed police officer.
My own suggestion would be that anybody on the wrong end of something like this who was sufficiently aggrieved to want to take it further should comply, preferably after making sure they had the officer's details and then complain. I've no idea what line the IPCC would take, but IMO it would be preferable to a roadside escalation.