Because Trenton Oldfield showed how the London Olympics could be wrecked by the bogus protests of attention seekers.
Instead of an admiring world watching a supreme sporting event we’d be putting on one long, embarrassing episode of Britain’s Got Trouble.
Which is why the Government must now announce a deterrent with real teeth.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke’s Sentencing Bill is going through parliament. A simple amendment to it can make such tough jail terms law.
This is not about crushing genuine protest. It is about thwarting cranks and ego maniacs.
The police and MI5 are already at full stretch combating the terrorist threat. And as Olympic rowing hero Matthew Pinsent pointed out yesterday, it is impossible to stop every clown hell bent on mayhem.
The marathon, the triathlon and some of the cycling takes take place on public roads. They are easy targets.
We do not want London 2012 similarly shamed. Meanwhile, Oldfield has been charged with a public order offence and will be hauled before magistrates.
Here’s a suggestion if he’s found guilty. He wrecked the rowers’ big day after years of training.
Why not lock him in a dressing room with the two teams for a few hours?