Julia Hartley-Brewer – what a piece of… work*… she is!
Attending the Labour Party Conference on a press pass, this right-wing ratbag invaded the “safe space” area intended for people with disabilities, and others, who need a quiet area for various reasons – they may be experiencing panic attacks due to the noise and crowds at the conference.
The last thing people experiencing such issues need to endure is a grown adult who should know better doing something like this:
Comrades, if you’re feeling triggered at the Labour Party conference, don’t worry, we’ve found the official #SafeSpace… #Lab2018 @talkRADIO pic.twitter.com/ssoJRpfvrJ
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) September 24, 2018
On his Disability News Service site, John Pring told the story of Rebecca (not her real name), who had used the “safe space” to “chill out”, saying “it really helped”.
Then she saw Ms Hartley-Brewer’s mocking video. She said it left her feeling “humiliated and violated”.
After support from Disability Labour, which represents party members with disabilities, she said she was considering reporting Ms Hartley-Brewer’s invasion of the “safe space” as a potential disability hate crime.
[Bear in mind that police must record an incident as a hate crime if that is how the victim perceives it, in line with the Macpherson report.]
The culprit showed absolutely no remorse but merely tweeted that she was being reported to the police for “a joke”.
She got the response she deserved.
I am so pleased you are giving publicity to @johnpringdns, who really deserves it. Without him, we would not know about DWP internal reviews of claimant deaths and a lot more he has covered. https://t.co/Z08T4U7kA4
— Anita Bellows (@AnitaBellows12) September 27, 2018
You invaded a clearly signposted and designated safe space in order to take the piss out of it @JuliaHB1, you don't appear to have had any other purpose in being there and you call that a joke. https://t.co/qWvttw8qv3
— Keith Ordinary Guy #NHSLove (@KeithCameron5) September 29, 2018
And even the few who took it upon themselves to support Ms H-B got short shrift:
If anyone has been taking any note of the news lately, we are having a mental health crisis, yes? It doesn’t take a genius to work out what a room like this is for, let’s not get too hung up over the wording, it doesn’t say ‘Campaign Training’ now, does it? Not funny. Not cool!
— Clare Reeve (@Clare_Jennifer) September 29, 2018
Personally, I am reminded of the way another “safe space” was perverted, at a previous Labour Conference. That was when the Jewish Labour Movement pretended one of its events was such an area, saying that attendees could discuss what they liked (within the bounds of the obvious topic) without being recorded and without fear of being exposed to adverse reactions afterwards.
It was a lie. Then-Momentum vice-chair Jackie Walker was recorded making comments that the JLM chose to portray as anti-Semitic (they weren’t) and she was eventually removed from her position on Momentum’s executive and suspended from the Labour Party. Her case has yet to go before a tribunal of the party’s National Constitutional Committee.
This should have been enough to raise concern that “safe space” designation may be violated and should be monitored, but now a right-wing hack has used it to attack the vulnerable and claim it as humour.
From now on, Labour – and any other party offering such facilities – will need to provide staff to ensure that they are not abused. Or they will have to close them down and deny access to the vulnerable.
That is the upshot of stunts like Ms H-B’s.
And that – the exclusion of the vulnerable – is, I have no doubt, exactly what this vindictive, small-minded harridan wanted to achieve.
*Insert the word of your own choice if you like.
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Hartley Brewer can only be reported for hate crime by her victim, that is if the victim decides to do this and nobody would blame her if she did. She seems to be trying to blame the Labour Party for her own actions. I reckon Ms H-B just a crafty opportunist trying to make a safe space, not specifically reserved for her, anyway, into just a bit of rather silly political correctness. I reckon any space occupied by Ms H-B is, by definition, a noxious, rather than safe space. Mike Sivier is right, she really is a rat bag! I’m beginning to wonder what useful work H-B has ever done for anybody.
No, anybody can report a hate crime under the Police and CPS joint guidelines https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/hate-crime/what-are-hate-incidents-and-hate-crime/
“This area is for use by anyone”
Yes – not for ABuse by anyone.
it never ends with these people but without places like this there wouldn’t be that many disabled who could cope with the continuous noise of debates
Yet another nasty Tory who doesn’t mind throwing sneering insults at others, but doesn’t like it when she is on the receiving end.
It is her lack of remorse. She could easily have said that she didn’t know, or didn’t realise and apologised, even if she was making a joke.
I am no longer surprised by the depths to which the Tory vermin can sink.