Keir Starmer’s Labour Party will not reverse the Tory law that allowed police to arrest 64 people on the day of King Charles’s coronation – on suspicion that they might express anti-monarchist views in a way that other people might see.
That was the extent of their crime – if it can even be described as such. The police thought they might express a viewpoint that the State did not support, and that other people might notice.
Yes, there are claims that people were found equipped to glue themselves to street furniture in order to disrupt street activities – but this is the Metropolitan Police; it has lost all public trust or belief in its statements due to previous activities by its personnel which I do not believe I need to discuss here.
These are the police officers who arrested a group of people who are affiliated to them for handing out rape alarms to vulnerable women in Soho in the dead of night – on the pretence that they were going to set those alarms off and throw them at police horses. That shows how ridiculous their claims were.
There has been a public outcry against these draconian acts of suppression – quite rightly, because they are an expression of a fascist police state’s intent to crush any opposition to it. I put the argument in the strongest terms possible because I defy anybody to prove me wrong.
And the Starmer Party has gone full-fascist by supporting the new law.
David Lammy – who is the Shadow Foreign Secretary, bear in mind – said Starmer’s Labour would not repeal the Public Order Act, apparently because it doesn’t have time for it:
Ah. So 'changing economic conditions' provide the excuse for Lab to renege on progressive economic policies/ pursue right wing policies.
Now, 'lack of time' provides excuse to retain reactionary authoritarian policies.
Remind me, what does Lab stand for? https://t.co/zFhxBGHaRz
— Mick McAteer (@MickMcAteer) May 7, 2023
How strange. The Conservatives had time to pick apart any laws enacted by the previous Labour administration that actually helped people, during a five-year term in which they imposed unnecessary austerity on the UK that crippled the economy and invited unwanted private firms into the NHS, all while in an uneasy alliance with the Liberal Democrats.
But StarmerLabour doesn’t have time to halt the jackbooted march of fascism into this country – this nation that fought the totalitarianism that Lammy is welcoming now?
What a damning betrayal of the United Kingdom.
The Shadow Cabinet seems united in this betrayal: Shadow Minister for Public Health Andrew Gwynne told Andrew Castle on LBC that he was “all for freedom of speech” – except during the coronation, which he described as a “celebration”, “promoting British values across the world”.
So Gwynne’s idea of “British values” equates to suppression of free speech – never mind his claim that he’s “all for” freedom of speech later in the interview; he later added “but the coronation is a celebration,” and we all know that everything before the “but” is irrelevant.
Gwynne couldn’t care less about your right to oppose the coronation if you want to; his view is that it is a celebration of British values that include clamping down hard on free speech and arresting anybody who tries to express a dissenting opinion.
“Let’s wait and see what happens in the future as to whether this new law has properly curtailed people’s rights,” he said. So he considers it is “proper” for your rights to be “curtailed”.
These people give themselves away. See – and hear – for yourself:
‘I’m all for of speech when it suits my politics’ https://t.co/0K7xV9A8Pl
— Jackie Walker – HRH, MP, MBE, ABC (@Jackiew80333500) May 8, 2023
And it’s not just protest that will get you arrested; journalists like myself could be detained for recording or filming it. Watch this, and take note of Labour Lord (yes, it seems there are still some voices of reason in that party) Prem Sikka’s comments:
Fascism is here.
Journalists arrested for filming events that the govt does not want reported.
Yet Ministers lecure other countries on human rights and press freedoms.
What next? Arrests of political opponent? Prorogue parliament – Tories have already done that.
— Prem Sikka (@premnsikka) May 7, 2023
In another tweet, Lord Sikka added: “Our rights were secured by protests/disobedience. Labour risks alienating its traditional voters. The country needs to jettison the toxic Tory policies, not perpetuate them.”
Also commenting on the clip, Richard Murphy of Funding the Future stated: “And Labour say they will not repeal the laws that allow our structurally racist and misogynistic (and so politically biased) police from doing this. What is happening to our democracy?”
On his website, Mr Murphy expanded on Labour’s betrayal of your universally-held human rights: “With a golden opportunity presented to him to make the news agenda and stand up for the inviolability rather than the conditionality of human rights, Lammy ducked it.
“What, after all, would a party born in the basis of protest want to do supporting the right of those who do so?
“And what, incidentally, is the “positive agenda” Labour will promote? Apparently it is growth, the cost of living and inflation. But inflation will go away anyway as it always does; Labour can do nothing about the cost of living unless it redistributes and it is already staying it will not; whilst on growth, we all know that the benefit of this will all go to those already wealthy.
“So, what is Labour for, now? I keep asking the question and still I can find no answer.”
It’s not for the unions any more – as seems clear from the following:
Lammy confirms @UKLabour will keep restrictions on protest and will not put forward proposals to make any changes to legislation already passed. So sounds like the anti union laws stay under StarmerLabour Party.
— Ian Hodson (@IanBFAWU) May 7, 2023
‘Tom London’ on Twitter also commented on the video clip: “‘Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance’ is an Orwellian phrase which can be used to cynically “justify” almost any arrest. The Tory Govt put this on the Statute Book knowing this. Starmer’s Party barely opposed. BBC and most of the rest of the media feebly nodded – or clapped.”
Other commentators, discussing the Starmer Party’s position, have universally opposed it. This is just one example:
Starmer's Labour just want a chance to continue where the Tories leave off, which is something really worth not voting for.
— Paul Crockford (@CrockfordPaul) May 7, 2023
We are left with a simple question: If Labour refuses to represent us, why should we vote for that party? Here’s Sue Jones:
If Labour won't repeal Tory legislation that actually harms people, why should they expect our vote? Tories repealed Labour policies that benefitted the public such as Every Child Matters, Legal Aid, among others. Why would we want another govt indifferent to public need?
— Revolution Breeze (@SueJonesSays) May 7, 2023
There are still people in what’s left of the Labour Party who still support its founding values – like Prem Sikka (above) and Richard Burgon…
MPs must get the chance to discuss the policing of the Coronation when Parliament returns on Tuesday.
The arrest of an accredited journalist, women's safety volunteers and peaceful protestors on reportedly spurious grounds is something Parliament must take very seriously.
— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) May 7, 2023
… but they are few and far between, and they are not in charge of party policy.
So there is no reason to support Keir Starmer and his cronies. Their only interest seems to be their own personal gain and their attitude to anyone who wants a country that works for everyone is that there’s nobody else to whom you can give your vote.
But is that right?
The results of last week’s local elections in England show that the electorate is becoming increasingly willing to vote with its feet, taking support away from traditional – tribal – options and handing it to parties that offer better options – or people they know they can trust.
There’s nothing to stop that happening in Westminster – especially when both StarmerLabour and the Conservatives present themselves as equally poor options.
And look what MPs can say when they’re released from the tyranny of the party whip. Here’s Claudia Webbe, who was thrown out of the Labour Party by the Starmer crowd:
The arrests during the policing of the Coronation included not only those peacefully demonstrating but also volunteers handing out rape alarms in Westminster and a journalist with an accredited press badge who was covering the protest.
We cannot be silent, these are our rights
— Claudia Webbe MP (@ClaudiaWebbe) May 8, 2023
It’s time for voters across the UK to take a hard look around and, if necessary, find an alternative to the elites in Westminster from among ourselves.
The corruption of the party in office – and its main rival – has gone too far for reasoned argument to halt it. The coronation day arrests and the way they were supported by Lammy and Gwynne make that perfectly clear.
So we have to find a better way.
Nobody ever achieved change by cowering at home and kowtowing to the thug with the truncheon.
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