Did Theresa May intend our police to be toothless, back when she cut law enforcement numbers by more than 20,000 in 2016 or thereabouts?
Coppers in the UK now seem far more interested in prosecuting parking and speeding offences than in investigating crimes of violence perpetrated against human beings.
How else could one explain the inability of police services across the UK to stop people who are exempt from wearing face masks in shops from being assaulted by their fellow shoppers, who have no right to do so?
And how else could one explain the ability of Britain First “activists” (read: racists) to raid a hotel housing asylum seekers with impunity?
Cheshire Police were called but by the time anybody turned up, the perpetrators of the harassment had long since departed.
The incursion into the privacy and dignity of the people at the hotel has been roundly condemned by right-thinking people – for example:
Who the hell do they think they are???
What gives them the right to terrorize these people? Haven’t they suffered enough? Despicable excuses for human beings. https://t.co/sjBNEVN0ws
— ♿️🇵🇸💚⬛🔸🕷️🕸️⚫️MaiaB (@MaiaBug2010) August 28, 2020
How about the police arresting the perpetrators under the very wide-ranging terrorism provisions we have on our statute books? Or are fair-haired white women out of bounds? Furious that this is going on with apparent impunity. https://t.co/Tfaxl3lm0Q
— CrémantCommunarde#ActivistLawyer ⚖️ 😷 ✋ (@0Calamity) August 29, 2020
But it seems clear that people like the Britain First thugs will feel empowered by the fact that they got away with it – and are likely to get away with it if they do it again.
Apparently the Johnson government has offered protection to hotels housing asylum seekers, but can we really believe that?
It is the jingoistic rhetoric of these Tories – and the Tory governments that came before them – that has made these racists feel entitled to stick their faces where they don’t belong.
And look at the recent behaviour of the Home Office, regarding asylum seekers and the people who stand up for them.
It seems likely that Britain First’s “activists” have been doing exactly what the Johnson government wants.
* I’ve put “activists” in quotation marks because it is interesting to note the way the word is being used. The Home Office attacked “activist lawyers” in a hastily-deleted video tweet last week, and now we see the word again here. What are we to conclude from this use of language?
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