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‘But we got him home and he started remembering what had happened – and of course there was the photograph that became so iconic – and at some point someone said that we ought to call a lawyer, and we were, like, “Really?
” The lawyer talked to Charlie and said that he could be looking at a prison term, and that was when what we were facing really hit home.’Charlie served four months behind bars and was electronically tagged and under a curfew for a further four months.
For David, the world is largely a place of sunny uplands.
For Polly, there is always the risk of storm clouds on the horizon.
There was no excuse for his behaviour, but there was an explanation.
‘Unfortunately his political uprising coincided with a big crisis in his life, and those two things came together on that day and that did for him,’ says Polly.
She is an acclaimed lyricist and author, whose much-anticipated fourth book is about to be published.