Shame on the Tory MPs who are whining because China has sanctioned them for highlighting that country’s abuses of the Uighurs!
Yes, you read that right. Shame on them, because they are hypocrites.
They seem to think it is perfectly reasonable to claim moral superiority over the government of another country for abusing its citizens’ human rights, while turning a blind eye to the fact that they are doing exactly the same to the people of the UK.
Tory MPs Iain Duncan Smith, Nusrat Ghani, Tim Loughton, Neil O’Brien and Tom Tugendhat all merrily voted in support of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that will strip many of us of our human rights – and remove from all of us the right to protest in any meaningful way against further Tory atrocities against us.
Duncan Smith is well-known as an advocate of harm against his fellow UK citizens, having presided over the deaths of many thousands of benefit claimants – that occurred for no documented reason – under the cruel regime he imposed at the Department for Work and Pensions. But now he’s saying
Those of us who live free lives under the rule of law must speak for those who have no voice.
He was quite happy to deprive benefit claimants of their voices – and to look the other way when his policies deprived them of their lives. In their thousands, remember – not just one or two mistakes.
Attacking human rights abuses anywhere else in the world must be, for these people, an act of abominable hypocrisy.
Note also the typical reaction of the bully: these are people who sneered at us for protesting against the Police Bill and then went right ahead and voted to strip us of our rights – but when the shoe is on the other foot and they’re being singled out by China, suddenly they’re whining about how unfair it is.
Boris Johnson is, of course, the worst of the lot.
Despite being omitted from the list of UK MPs selected for sanction by China, he had the cheek to say
Freedom to speak out in opposition to abuse is fundamental and I stand firmly with them.
Fine words from the prime minister whose sickeningly draconian Police Bill strips his own people of that very freedom.
I do not wish to defend China. It’s treatment of the Uighurs is vile and should be opposed by all those of good faith. But these Tories are not opposing China in good faith. They’re trying to steal undeserved good publicity by attacking a country whose human rights abuses are – currently – worse than their own.
But it doesn’t work that way – or at least it shouldn’t.
Any attack on anybody’s rights as a human being is an attack against all of us – everywhere.
Johnson and his other little Tories might think they can take what moral high ground there is to be gained because their abuses aren’t quite as bad. But we know where that thinking leads.
The abuses become worse.
The number of people being oppressed grows.
The UK’s Tory government already fits every description of a fascist state that is worth reading. If you’re not feeling Johnson’s jackboot on your face yet, it’s just a matter of time.
So don’t waste any sympathy on these liars. They don’t deserve it.
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