Racist police assault black woman (the news in tweets, Monday, July 24, 2023)

It seems the Metropolitan Police have refused to reform after being found to be institutionally racist and sexist:

So, according to the police, the woman refused to comply and became abusive after being asked to prove she had paid her fare – but we’re seeing no evidence of that. Do the police have such evidence? Let’s see it.

Without any evidence, this is exactly what it appears to be: police physically assaulting a woman of colour for no reason (she had paid her fare).

Even if she did behave in the way the Met describes, we would need to hear her reasons for doing so. At the moment, any black woman has the perfect excuse in the fact that the Met Police have been found to be institutionally racist and sexist, anyway!

Independent MP Claudia Webbe described the incident as “Outrageous.

“The most disrespected person is the Black woman. The most unprotected person is the Black woman. The most neglected person is the Black woman.

“The Met Police is the boot of the state; they do not care about Black people and Black women in particular.”

Pamela Fitzpatrick added a political element: “This is disgusting. Handcuffing and arresting a mum in front of her very distressed child. Completely disproportionate. Police turned a blind eye to senior politicians partying at Downing street during COVID. But a mum they allege didn’t pay a bus fare is treated like this.”

And the following is directly to the point, being a direct comparison between a black woman who has not broken the law and a white woman who has:

You know what, though? More than anything else, the incident reminded me of this:

I have a terrible feeling that a blind eye will be turned to what happened to the woman from the bus, just as it is habitually turned towards the plight of Palestine.

I wonder also, what is Israel’s excuse for attacking Palestinians at worship?

Labour abandons the triple-lock on state pensions

There is no justification for this; it seems to be just another sign of Keir Stürmer doing the bidding of his right-wing, Establishment bosses:

The National Policy Forum of the STP (Substitute Tory Party – formerly known as Labour) also confirmed Stürmer’s rejection of free school meals and support of the two-child limit on Child Benefit, which means Labour will extend these Conservative government policies, if it ever gets into office under his leadership.

Also rejected is any return for Sure Start centres, one of Tony Blair’s most widely-praised policies.

The decisions have been widely condemned:

Why would a policy like the triple-lock be “uncosted”? It has been a part of government spending for many years now and the STP should have included it in its forecasts.

Rhodes evacuation highlights UK politicians’ extremism on migrants and climate change

This is extremely awkward for politicians in the UK who have outlawed the arrival in our country of people in small boats, fleeing disaster in their own countries – particularly those from Albania:

The most likely cause of the wildfires is climate change, with scientists predicting a 14 per cent increase in them by 2030, and a 30 per cent increase by 2050. All parts of the world apart from the Antarctic will be affected – including the Arctic.

But the denial machine has already swung into action:

British tourists have explained what happened on video – and the contrast between the way they have been treated and the way the UK government treats people coming to our country is huge:

Unite union cancels screening of movie about bad-faith attacks on socialists. Why?

The screening had been set to take place at Tony Benn House in Bristol, along with a talk by Electronic Intifada‘s Asa Winstanley on his book, Weaponising Antisemitism.

The statement by Unite Community says, “It is ironic that an event focussing on the suppression of legitimate political opinions should itself become the victim of censorship, and that this should happen in a building named in honour of one of Bristol’s greatest champions of free speech.”

There seems to be something poisonous eating away the heart of the UK’s largest trade union.

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