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Suella Braverman’s careless talk is provoking racism

Hate speech: Suella Braverman.

To recap: first, Suella Braverman told us “vulnerable white girls are being targeted by British Pakistani grooming gangs”:

She was proved wrong by government statistics (most grooming gangs are composed of white English men), as I showed here.

As if to hammer the point home, a gang of 21 white English people have been convicted of child sex offences, as reported yesterday (April 5, 2023).

But the damage has been done. British Pakistani people are being targeted for hate – including broadcaster Adil Ray, as he made clear on Good Morning Britain:

This Site has already commented on possible hate crime in a Jewish Chronicle article containing words that appeared likely to incite hate against particular groups – and seem to have done so.

There seems to be a strong case that Braverman has committed exactly the same crime – speaking of a particular group in a way not only likely to incite hate against it but that appears actually to have done so.

Mr Ray should file a complaint with the police – as should any other British Pakistani people who have been similarly maligned since Braverman spoke.


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Are ALL the anti-Semitism screamers going to turn out to be religious bigots?

Facepalm: one can imagine Jeremy Corbyn’s shocked ‘not in my name’ response to what’s going on here – if he’s ever asked about it.

I suppose it was inevitable that the people who have been screaming about Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism wouldn’t know when to stop – but they’ve really shot their feet off this time, let alone their mouths.

After an attack piece against Jeremy Corbyn led to a complaint of hate crime because it featured these words…

Corbynism has multiple weird parallels with Christianity – they share a saviour concept, and an enemy in Jews

… I published a piece suggesting that the words of the author, one Tanya Gold, as published in a newspaper, may not only be a hate crime as defined by the Equalities Act 2010, but may also be incitement to others to commit such crimes.

Within less than a day, this already seems to have come true:

The comment is clearly wrong because it proceeds from a false premise: the original claim was that Jews were the enemies of Christians (it was Jews who were actively opposed to Christians) and not the other way around.

I am reminded of one of the pillars of Christianity, which is the phrase, “Turn the other cheek.” It advocates pacifism.

In this particular case, though, it seems clear that such a course will not deter the aggressor, so I certainly recommend recourse to a legal solution.

In other words, let’s make sure the bigot referenced above, along with anyone else suggesting that either Christians hate Jews or (as Ms Gold suggested) Jews hate Christians, is reported to the police for hate crime, and for inciting it in others.

It’s the only way to stop them.


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Jewish Chronicle attack piece on Jeremy Corbyn leads to police hate complaint

Jeremy Corbyn: he doesn’t talk about his own religious beliefs, describing them as “personal”, but he does say there is a Jewish element in his ancestry – probably from Germany. So why is a Jewish Chronicle writer apparently using him to incite hatred by Jews against Christians?

An article in the Jewish Chronicle attacking Jeremy Corbyn has been reported to the police as a religious hate crime.

Here’s the offending passage, re-presented for us by Aaron Bastani of Novara Media:

It was reported to the police by Simon Maginn, whose It Was A Scam hashtag about the anti-Semitism hysteria whipped up against Mr Corbyn generated considerable hatred towards him personally.

He tweeted:

Then he had a short dialogue with the article’s author…

… that had this result:

Personally, I think any claim that Jews are enemies of Christians, that is based on words in the Bible, would need to be justified in a modern context.

Of course, if Ms Gold is stating that Jewish people – as a group – actively consider themselves to be enemies of Christians, and is able to justify that statement in the way I have described, then the Jewish people she mentions are definitely in breach of the Equalities Act 2010 and should be punished under UK law.

If the matter goes to law, my instinct tells me only Ms Gold will be found to have infringed the law – but her words, published in a newspaper, may be considered incitement.

Put it all together and I can see the JC picking up yet another judgment against it.


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Suella Braverman: wrong on crime, wrong on Rwanda, wrong on her own expenses

Suella Braverman: it all seems to be beyond her capabilities – her job, her expenses… everything.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s appearances on the Sunday morning political shows really were a plane crash, weren’t they?

She was wrong on sex offences in the UK, blaming “British Pakistani grooming gangs” for the majority when, as Angela Rayner pointed out last week, 300 rapes are committed every day – mostly by white men – and Braverman’s police officers turn a blind eye:

And isn’t this response pertinent?

Jeffrey Epstein may be described as the “groomer to the powerful”. Who did he supply with youngsters for sex? Why can’t the facts be told? Who is being protected?

Meanwhile, on Laura Kuennsberg’s show, Braverman insisted that Rwanda is a safe country to which our refugees can be sent. Is it, though?

She told Kuennsberg seven million people in the UK are out of work; in fact, official figures show the number to be much lower – just 1,253,000.

And finally, while all this has been going on, it seems she’s another Tory who won’t get her expenses claim right:

It seems she

claimed almost £25,000 in expenses over five years to pay for her energy usage and other costs, while living rent-free at her parent’s house during visits to her constituency.

Such financial aids were created to prevent MPs who live outside of London from falling into debt while running two homes, however an investigation by the Mirror found that Ms Braverman uses them to cover the household bills on her £1.2million family home in Bushey, Herts.

Although her expenses do not go against the rules, the hardline Tory has been accused of taking advantage of loophole in the system.

Ms Braverman, who earns £67,505 on top of her MP salary of £84,144, told watchdogs she “fully funds” the home she stays at in Fareham, Hants. However, she failed to explain that the house is actually her parents’ – meaning she stays there rent-free.

Apparently that massive Ministerial salary isn’t enough for her – even though she’s clearly incapable of doing the job properly.


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Tory Andrew Murrison sits corrected on crime figures

Conservative minister for defence people, veterans and service families Dr Andrew Murrison tried to put forward the Tory line on crime to a BBC Question Time audience in Bristol – and failed miserably.

He wanted them – and the rest of us – to believe that crime has fallen by half since the Tories slithered into office in 2010. But to do that, he had to ignore fraud.

Vox Political has already pointed out that, in fact, crime has increased by 50 per cent over the relevant period – watch as host Fiona Bruce quotes the same figures back to Dr Murrison.


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Crime triggers acrimonious exchange at PMQs

Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner ripped Dominic Raab a new one in a punitive masterclass on how to take apart a political opponent, using his government’s failures and his own record against him.

During a Prime Minister’s Questions that was led by the government and opposition’s deputy leaders, due to the funeral of former Speaker Betty Boothroyd, Rayner began by focusing on the government’s new anti-social behaviour strategy that she said had taken 13 years to arrive and could best be applied to Raab himself (referring to charges of bullying against him).

His best response was that he had never called anybody “scum” (a reference to her use of the word to describe members of his party).

Moving on to attack the Tory record on crime in general, Rayner quoted shocking figures that show 300 rapes take place every day but women brave enough to report them have just a 1.6 per cent chance of ever seeing their attacker face justice in court.

Raab’s response that 69 per cent of such cases result in conviction was pathetically weak; he was saying only one in every 100 rapes ever results in a conviction.

The figure supports Baroness Casey’s damning report on the “institutionally sexist” Metropolitan Police, which stated that rape might as well be legal in London.

And worse was to follow, with the revelation that the average wait for a rape case to reach court is now three years, and 175 have been abandoned because the victim was so brutalised by the experience that she felt unable to go on.

These are damning figures for which Raab had no coherent response.

And that’s the most damning part of it, because Dominic Raab is also the UK’s Secretary of State for Justice.


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How many times will the Tories repeat their ‘crime is down’ lie?

Suella Braverman: here, we see her displaying her usual understanding of the issues before her – brow furrowed, mouth twisted in a sneer… completely lost.

This is Home Secretary Suella Braverman, speaking today (March 27):

This is misleading.

I say it’s misleading because, while it may be true, fraud is a crime. Include it and crime has increased by more than half. I know because I checked the official figures last week.

You may remember Andrew Bowie coming out with a similar lie on the BBC’s Question Time show:

I then debunked this falsehood on This Site:

The change from 4,150,916 crimes in the 2010-11 financial year (remember the Tories came to office in May 2010) to 6,300,968 by March 2022 is an increase – a rise – of more than 51 per cent.

This is the point. Bowie flat-out lied, or got it badly wrong. Braverman was trying to get us to believe something equally misleading.

Because crime isn’t down.

It has increased hugely.


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Keir Starmer shows us all his Conservative credentials on crime

Keir Starmer turns out to be a fan of Margaret Thatcher – at least where crime is concerned.

But she was the prime minister who set the police on miners, criminalised poll tax protesters and authorised rubber bullets and shoot to kill policies. Is this the kind of law enforcement Starmer is advocating?

Don’t take my word for it, by the way. Here’s Howard Beckett:

Here’s part of his speech:

And here’s a critique showing what’s wrong with it:

There’s nothing behind the big words either:

In making a stand on crime, Starmer presented his enemies with a chance to examine his own record as Director of Public Prosecutions – on which he comes out wanting:

Even the substance of his crime speech falls apart under examination:

Alternatively, is Starmer thinking about the kind of policing favoured in his favourite foreign country – Israel?

 

Is that the kind of policing that – I don’t know – members of minority groups can anticipate under a Starmer-led government?

After all, look what he does to people from minorities in his own parties. You only have to look at this behaviour to see how he would behave in government.

And what would he do about this?

Could there be a better summary of the situation than this?

Sadly, it won’t stop him grubbing around for votes, even though we all know what he is…

In summary: don’t trust anything Keir Starmer says about crime because he’ll outlaw anything that doesn’t suit his current purpose. And do all you can to ensure that he doesn’t get the chance to put any of his nasty ideas into practice.


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Tory Andrew Bowie lies about recorded crime

Did you hear the Big Lie on the BBC’s Question Time last night (March23)?

Tory Andrew Bowie, asked to discuss the report showing that trust in the Metropolitan Police is at an all-time low because it is institutionally racist, misogynistic and homophobic, said crime has been halved between 2010 (when the Tories slimed their way back into government) and now.

If you missed it, here it is:

The facts demonstrate almost the exact opposite:

Here are the figures:

The change from 4,150,916 crimes in the 2010-11 financial year (remember the Tories came to office in May 2010) to 6,300,968 by March 2022 is an increase – a rise – of more than 51 per cent.

He must have known he would be asked about the police and crime; he must have been briefed on these figures.

So he must have known he was spouting falsehoods. Right?


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Won’t this Brexit ‘benefit'(?) seriously hinder crime detection in the UK?

Information deficit: if the police officers standing behind Brexiteer Boris Johnson at this speech knew how badly he’d harmed their ability to detect crime, would they have arrested him for perverting the course of justice?

Is this yet another ‘unintended’ consequence of Brexit that’s going to seriously harm the people of the UK?

Read:

Frontline police and border force officers will remain locked out of information on a key EU database of terror suspects, criminals and immigration offenders for at least another four years, the Home Office has quietly admitted.

UK police and security services conducted more than 600m real time checks on the Schengen Information System II [SIS II] in 2019, but the following year lost access to its instant information on policing, national security, or immigration alerts because of Brexit. A civil servant said they hoped to get access to a planned new EU international law enforcement alert platform “within two or three years, according to a 2021 House of Lords report”.

But it has now emerged that Matthew Rycroft, the department’s permanent secretary, has said that gaining access to EU datasets is at “a very early stage” and is not expected to be completed before 2027/2028.

Source: UK police and Border Force to remain locked out of EU database of criminals | Home Office | The Guardian


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