Take a look at this clip from the BBC’s Question Time, in which an audience member points out that, while the possibility of removing a prime minister may be very exciting, it is also a distraction from major issues – like the Tory plan to end democratic protest:
Yes. We are being distracted while meaningful democracy and fundamental rights are being dismantled in plain sight https://t.co/7ZuD7OSUhc
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) January 14, 2022
Note the way Fiona Bruce shut the issue down. Clearly it was against the BBC’s agenda to allow anybody to talk about this.
Besides that, though, the audience member was wrong. The attack on our right to protest is connected to the fact that Tories like Boris Johnson thought they could have parties when we weren’t allowed to do the same, and the reason is simple:
They want to be able to do anything they like and know that there will be no consequences for them – because they are shutting down our ability to protest.
The Tories think they can party against the rules and simultaneously imprison us for up to ten years for raising our voices in protest.
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) January 15, 2022
Part of that agenda can be revealed by pointing out the lack of BBC – or any mass news media – coverage of a huge number of demonstrations, up and down the UK yesterday (Saturday, January 15), against Priti Patel’s plan to ban protest.
Many thousands of people took to the streets to raise awareness of the threat to our fundamental right of free speech, but the BBC and others did their best to silence them.
It was good to see some Opposition politicians join them – although the support was not wholehearted:
Solidarity with those Labour MPs speaking out against the #PolicingBill today .Have I missed a statement from the Labour front bench and Shadow Home Secretary?
— Thelma Walker (@Thelma_DWalker) January 15, 2022
No, she hadn’t.
None of Labour’s current top team said a single word about the greatest threat to democracy in our time. It seems they support it.
On the other hand, Jeremy Corbyn – the former Labour leader that Keir Starmer (TelAvivKeef, as he is dubbed here, for reasons explained elsewhere) had booted out of the Parliamentary Labour Party – was exactly where they should have been: with the people, explaining why the protest is necessary:
Remember that when they claim to be on *your* side.
That's why they sabotaged him. https://t.co/8kayXq66Jc
— Frank Owen's Legendary Paintbrush 🟨🟥🥀🇵🇸 (@WarmongerHodges) January 15, 2022
I have photographic evidence of demonstrations in London:
— Isabell Jeżek (@isabell_jezek) January 15, 2022
— Dr Louise Raw (@LouiseRawAuthor) January 15, 2022
Protesters marching down Milsom St:
🔈 “Show me what democracy looks like.”
🗣 “This is what democracy looks like.”
🗣 “#KillTheBill ..”
Speeches 🎤 by Ken Loach & others to follow. pic.twitter.com/ff4Q71WXcX
— Bath Ordinary Left (@OrdLeftBath) January 15, 2022
— Breakthrough Party 🟠🌤️ (@BThroughParty) January 15, 2022
And I understand there have been many more.
You need to be aware of what is happening, though.
And you need to contact your MP to demand that it is stopped.
With their overwhelming numerical superiority in Parliament, the Tories are going to push through this crime against your rights – which will come with a prision sentence of up to 51 weeks if you are caught breaking the new law – unless they are made to believe that it will make them unpopular.
Recent history, though, shows that most people are happier just curling up into a ball and hiding on their sofas while our Parliamentary parasites run roughshod over them.
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