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Was Braverman’s support for accused policeman enabled by Russell Brand furore?

Suella Braverman: this law-maker is also a law-breaker. She seems to think she is above the rules. Is she?

Suella Braverman has spoken up in support of a police marksman who has been charged with murder after an unarmed man was shot and died in London last year.

Strangely, the Met police firearms officer who appeared in the dock on Thursday, charged with killing Chris Kaba, 24, in south London last year, has not been named. Why should this person have his identity protected?

According to the BBC, Braverman said

people “depend on our brave firearms officers to protect us”.

“In the interest of public safety they have to make split-second decisions under extraordinary pressures.”

She said that officers have her “full backing”.

“I will do everything in my power to support them,” she added.

Now, it has been said that the circumstances of the Kaba shooting are important…

… although you are advised to check this ‘X’ user’s identification information and make your own decision about his reliability.

But this really is what the following user describes:

The Kaba case is sub judice. Braverman should not be saying anything that might prejudice its outcome. In doing so – if she were not a member of a Tory government – she might face contempt of court charges

But then, look at the controversy around Russell Brand at the moment – in the opposite sense.

Brand has been accused of very different crimes and, unlike the unnamed police officer in this case, has been much-discussed by the mass media, who have almost unanimously condemned him.

Again, it is inappropriate to discuss innocence or guilt until after a trial has taken place.

By all means, lay out the evidence – but the law is clear that everybody in the UK is innocent of any crime, according to the law, until they have been proven guilty. When a trial is ongoing, nobody should be making assumptions about its outcome – least of all a senior Cabinet member.

So Braverman should be facing a contempt charge – but I don’t think she will, simply because she is a Cabinet member.

Do you really think that’s fair on anyone?


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Tories struggle to find local election candidates | Left Foot Forward

The Tory rosette: but who’s going to bother wearing it in the campaign period before the May local elections?

Oh dear. How sad…

The situation is so dire for the Conservative Party, that it’s now struggling to recruit enough candidates for the May local elections, including in the ‘Tory shires’, with party activists worried they face a hammering.

The Tory brand is so damaged, according to party members, that it’s proving a challenge to get even ‘paper candidates’ with people ‘just not coming forward’, the I reports.

It comes as the Tories trail Labour by 21 points in the polls and Rishi Sunak struggles to govern his disunited party, which continues to deal with scandals, sleaze and allegations of corruption.

Never mind!

Source: Tories struggling to find candidates for local elections over fears of ‘hammering’ – Left Foot Forward: Leading the UK’s progressive debate


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The 21 seconds that sums up why the establishment and big corporations hate Russell Brand – Dorset Eye

Very good, this.

I’m a particular fan of Russell’s use of vocabulary. Here, he lists a group of powerful organisations and says they are operating “collegiately” to benefit themselves and disadvantage the public. Great emphasis.

Personally I love him. I have since before he became a critical voice. He appears as a marmite character as many who challenge the status quo often do. However, Russell is a person who has experienced things many have not and he has not hidden from them as many do. In the following 21 seconds […]

Here’s the video clip:

Source: The 21 seconds that sums up why the establishment and big corporations hate Russell Brand – Dorset Eye

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Locked-down Merseyside pub rebrands as The Three Bellends – after Johnson, Hancock and Cummings

A pub in New Brighton, Merseyside, has re-branded itself after new ‘Tier 3’ rules forced it to close again.

For the time being, the pub formerly known as the James Atherton, after the founder of New Brighton, is now The Three Bellends – after the architects of the area’s misery: Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and Dominic Cummings.

Anyone who is familiar with vulgar slang will understand exactly how appropriate the title is, as attached to those individuals.

According to the Huffington Post,

Daniel Davies, chief executive of pub owners Rockpoint Leisure, said the new name “really reflects the mood of the nation” and was chosen on Tuesday when he was forced to tell his staff the pub would have to close.

“It really tears the heart up,” he told HuffPost UK. “It just really, really infuriated us and made us think: why are they doing this? All the evidence points against shutting down places like public houses.

“They’re bellends because Boris and co said they would invest a lot in the north when he got in – but they’ve done nothing for the north. They’re not being affected by this lockdown.”

The change has been rung in with huge support:

And it has launched a rallying cry for pubs across the country to rebrand in similar ways – as visual demonstrations of their disgust at Johnson, his government, and their daft policies:

Could this be the only successful initiative to result from the Johnson government and its actions?

Source: Pub Renames Itself ‘The Three Bellends’ In Protest Against Liverpool Lockdown | HuffPost UK

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