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#PoliceBill: The Lords have blocked the #Tory plan to outlaw #protest

This is a bit huge, isn’t it?

Members of one House of Parliament have shown that they are capable of listening to the public, and have voted to block a plan by the Tory government to outlaw “noisy” and/or “disruptive” organised protests.

The decision to erase this part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has come after a weekend of “noisy” and/or “disruptive” organised protests against this government policy.

And it followed a debate that was punctuated by the noise of a demonstration against the Bill outside the Lords Chamber, to which peers did not object at all.

Home Office minister Baroness Williams tried to persuade peers that police would only use the proposed new powers where “necessary” and “appropriate” – but it seems nobody believed her on that. Once the law is passed, police will be allowed to adhere to its letter, not whatever meaning is being applied to it now. That means they’ll be able to do what they like – and that’s not acceptable in a democratic society.

Baroness Williams tried to gather support by saying the noisy protest outside would not be stopped – which is odd, as part of the Bill would have banned protest from Parliament Square.

Instead, she said noisy anti-vaccination protests outside a school or nursing home were a different matter – and that police should have the powers to intervene if necessary. But such protests are unique to the Covid-19 crisis; they don’t need a permanent law.

So it seems Priti Patel’s Bill is intended to address only current, short-term issues – but will then leave the measures to address them on the statute books in order to oppress people who would otherwise be described as entirely law-abiding exercisers of their democratic rights.

Again: not acceptable in a democratic society.

The Lords also voted to make misogyny a hate crime in England and Wales, in spite of the government’s policy not to.

Baroness Williams reckoned any evidence that a crime was misogynistic would be entirely subjective, and police would get tied up in reporting and monitoring statistics and data which are unlikely to be reliable.

Well, This Writer is not convinced. Misogyny is quantifiable and I’m sure people who investigate crimes will know how to do that. Perhaps Priti Patel could try talking with police sometime, instead of talking at them.

The Bill cannot be passed into law until both Houses have agreed on what it should be – so it will go back to the Commons, where the Tory majority will undoubtedly reverse these changes, along with several others agreed by the Lords.

They won’t think about it; they’ll just nod the stupidity back in.

And so the long year begins.

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Video of #KillTheBill activists on #PritiPatel chat is funny – but also shows she can’t answer real questions

Here’s an insight into the way your Tory overlords behave.

Priti Patel went on a video chat with what she thought was a group of Conservative supporters. You can see it on Skwawkbox. No doubt she was expecting a few carefully-vetted questions for which she could provide some carefully-rehearsed answers.

What she got was a group of “Kill the Bill” protesters, angry at her Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that is intended to criminalise public protest in the United Kingdom. I don’t condone their behaviour because, to be honest, they went rampant on the text chat in a way that wasn’t likely to do their cause any good.

What the incident demonstrates, though, is the polarity of thought in the upper echelons of the Conservative Party.

The chat’s host apologised for the incident, stating, “I’ve no idea how these leftists got in on the call.”

“Leftists”? How do they know?

The simple fact is that Patel’s Bill will outlaw protest by people of any political denomination: left, right, up, down, centre (wherever that is) – they’ll all go to jail for raising a finger, if she has her way.

But people with a legitimate right to question her policy were put down as “leftists” by the chat host.

One may conclude that this person is as much a fascist as Patel herself.

Perhaps everybody taking part (other than the protesters) is of the same persuasion.

The question we, as ordinary citizens of the United Kingdom, have to ask is:

Do we want these creepy ghouls to have authority over us?

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Protests across the UK as the Tories move to ban… protest

Ugly: this image from Priti Patel’s speech to the Tory conference last year, outliing why she wants to steal your freedom of speech and protest, could illustrate her reactions to the protests against her Policing Bill, across the UK, on January 15. She HATES people and she will do everything she can to grind you into the dirt.

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:

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.

See?

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:

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:

I have photographic evidence of demonstrations in London:

In Bath:

In Sheffield:

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.

Did I just describe you?

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Is this the reason #DowningStreet #police aren’t being grilled about all those parties?

Take a look at this image:

For those who can’t see well or read from images, the text states: “This is Bas Javid. He’s the brother of Sajid Javid the Health Minister. He’s also the Assistant Commissioner for Professional Standards. In case you’re wondering why the police aren’t investigating the conduct of police officers at Number 10.”

It is indeed an image of Sajid Javid’s brother Basit, who is indeed an Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police.

He was promoted to the role while Sajid Javid was Home Secretary. Feel free to come to your own opinion about whether the appointment was entirely based on his own merits.

I would also encourage you to draw your own conclusion as to whether this close relative of a member of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet may have been influenced to veto any investigation into the conduct of Metropolitan Police officers guarding Downing Street at the times of the 13 parties alleged to have taken place there between May 2020 and April 2021.

Strangely, I have been able to find no information on the Metropolitan Police website (so far) to indicate that Professional Standards is indeed Basit Javid’s responsibility. Odd, that. Other organisations make the responsibilities of their senior staff abundantly clear.

(UPDATE: Many thanks to Cathy – @NarcAware – on Twitter for providing this –

– which seems to clear up the matter.)

Of course we know already that Met Commissioner Cressida Dick was at Balliol College, Oxford, around the same time as Boris johnson.

There really does seem to be an interconnected network of people in the highest positions of power in the UK. Whether it really has led to the kind of corruption described in the image at the top of this article or not, the impression it gives could hardly be worse.

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What a #stitchup! #Police watchdog whitewashes the #Met over #DowningStreetParty

Under suspicion again: Cressida Dick’s decision not to investigate an alleged Christmas party at 10 Downing Street on December 18, 2020 is being reviewed. But is the correct authority handling the case?

The Independent Office of Police Conduct has cleared the Metropolitan Police of misconduct over the alleged Christmas party at Downing Street on December 18 last year.

But the exoneration does not cover the Met’s failure to investigate an alleged breach of Covid-19 social distancing rules that were in force at the time.

No – it was cleared because the complainant, Baroness Jenny Jones, was not herself adversely affected by any such failure by the police.

Baroness Jones had stated that police working outside 10 Downing Street controlled “all access to and from Downing Street”.

“Put very simply, if there was an unlawful gathering taking place at No 10 Downing Street, then the police must have known and were highly likely to have played an active part in organising or facilitating the illegal gathering,” she said.

“I believe there is a case to answer for the police aiding and abetting a criminal offence or deliberately failing to enforce the law in favour of government politicians and their staff.”

She also argued that Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick’s decision not to investigate the reported party represented “a potential cover-up”.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Tony O’Sullivan of the Met Police responded that he had referred the complaint to the IOPC, “given that you effectively allege misconduct in public office by MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] police officers”.

But the watchdog said a “valid complaint” could only be made when “an individual, or someone acting on their behalf, has been adversely affected by the alleged conduct or its effects”.

And as there was no evidence Baroness Jones had been nearby when the event took place, “we have decided it is invalid”.

What a stitch-up!

It seems to This Writer that this superintendent only made the referral to the IOPC in the terms he did in order to secure a whitewash on specious grounds.

The issue isn’t whether Jenny Jones was personally affected by the alleged party, but whether it took place in defiance of then-enforced Covid-19 rules and police knew about it.

The grounds on which the IOPC looked into this are not valid at all because nobody is going to say they have been “adversely affected” by the conduct of police in failing to enforce those rules. They were having a party and the cops were (allegedly) turning a blind eye.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that Acting Det Ch Supt O’Sullivan has referred the second part of Baroness Jones’s complaint – that Commissioner Dick had not investigated the allegation of a party at 10 Downing Street – for investigation.

But this will be carried out by the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) which sets the direction and budget for the Met.

Is that the appropriate organisation to investigate such an allegation?

I don’t know.

But I fear another whitewash.

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Let’s hope #NorthShropshire electors think seriously about this before voting [VIDEO]

This is what you get if you vote Tory: Boris Johnson partied it up (he’s seen here asking Christmas Quiz questions for groups of Downing Street workers at a Christmas party last year) while millions of people cancelled their own celebrations and hundreds more died alone because of his social distancing demands. Do the people of North Shropshire want another party boy, or would they rather try to have an MP who actually represents them?

Does Westminster really need another rule-breaking Tory who’ll rave it up at parties rather than work for the interests of everybody in the UK?

That’s the question that should be on the minds of every voter in North Shropshire as they head for the polling stations today (Thursday, December 16, 2021).

The Conservative candidate may have said he does not approve of what is alleged to have happened – but then, Boris johnson said last night that he follows the rules, and if you believe that, then you were born yesterday and shouldn’t be allowed to vote!

Some political agitators are claiming that the Tories who are already in Parliament aren’t guilty of committing crimes because the Metropolitan Police, run by a woman who owes her job to the Tory government, are refusing to investigate the rule-busting Christmas parties last year.

Well, workers at the Met had a bit of a surprise recently, when a mobile billboard used by the media organisation Led By Donkeys broadcast the facts of the case at them in their Scotland Yard offices, to great public interest.

Take a look at the message yourself:

Damning – of both the Met and the Tories.

Do the people of North Shropshire want a member of Parliament who will represent them? Or do they want to send another sponger off to have a party while hundreds of people die?

We’ll find out in a few hours.

#ShaunBailey: Former London Mayor candidate quits police committee role after rule-busting Christmas party

Shaun Bailey: he was the Conservative candidate for Islamophobia, sexism and misogyny. Now he has resigned from a police committee after breaking rules on attending Christmas parties last year.

Remember Shaun Bailey?

I do.

He was the Tory racist and sexist who stood as their candidate in the London mayoral election that Sadiq Khan won.

Here‘s the BBC:

A former Conservative mayoral candidate who attended a Covid regulation-breaching Christmas party has quit as chair of a police and crime committee.

Shaun Bailey’s team organised the gathering at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters on 14 December 2020 when London was under Tier 2 restrictions banning household mixing.

He has now stepped down from the role but remains a member of the committee and the London Assembly.

Note that Bailey would have been quite happy to stay on the London Assembly’s Police and Crime committee if a photo of him at the rule-busting party had not been published in the Mirror.

And he’s happy to remain a member of the committee, even now!

These Tories. There’s not an ounce of integrity in any of them.

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#MetPolice confirm role as #ToryPoodles by refusing to investigate #DowningStreetParty

Bent copper? Cressida Dick only has her job as long as Parliament approves of her, it seems. Her recent decisions certainly suggest she is more interested in keeping her job than doing it.

The Metropolitan Police will not, absolutely won’t, no, nay, not now, not soon, investigate any party in 10 Downing Street last December while London was in Tier 3 lockdown because of an “absence of evidence”.

Absolutely.

Because people actually talking on a video clip about the party that took place in 10 Downing Street on December 18 last year couldn’t possibly be evidence.

Because they have no witnesses, certainly not all the people talking on the video clip and all the people on the list of those who signed in and out of 10 Downing Street on that evening – a Friday evening in late December, let’s remember, in front of police officers who must have been able to tell if there was alcohol on their breath.

Because the police never investigate crimes that took place a year ago – except for all those crimes they investigated that took place more than a year previously, according to former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer.

And after all, they haven’t prosecuted anybody else – who isn’t involved in the government – for having parties that weren’t allowed last year, apart from all those families they’ve prosecuted and fined for having parties that weren’t allowed last year.

In the words of Starmer, this is bullshit.

It seems clear that the police are avoiding any action because they don’t want to prosecute people in the government; once again I am proved right in saying that Boris Johnson and his cronies really are above the law.

I hope that it creates huge problems for the police in the future. Obviously nobody who, in the future, talks about a crime can be considered to have provided evidence that it took place – especially if such conversation is recorded on video or by another recording device. That’ll make it quite hard for police to use recordings from interviews with suspects.

Oh, and it will be hard to use documentary evidence after that list of 10 Downing Street party attendees disappeared; if police lose information so easily, it will be hard to believe in any documents they manage to produce.

All of the above suggests that James O’Brien was right when he tweeted that Met Commissioner Cressida Dick is more interested in keeping her job than in doing it.

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Did #BorisJohnson’s #DowningStreetParty investigator actually attend it? What about the #police?

No wonder Boris Johnson (right) looks happy: he’s getting Cabinet Secretary Simon Case (left) to investigate the rave-up hosted at his Downing Street residence in 2020. No chance of an honest report there, then!

The big development in the Downing Street Christmas party scandal is that Boris Johnson has tried to kick it into the long grass by announcing an investigation.

These invariably take weeks – time in which Johnson will no doubt hope that the public will forget all about it and he can get back to his day job, stealing our cash and our human rights and selling off our national assets to whoever will give him (him, not the government) the best deal.

And they also invariably whitewash Johnson – to a greater or lesser degree, depending on which of his stooges he hires to lead the inquiry.

The Downing Street party probe is apparently being led by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case – and this presents a corruption dilemma of its own because it is widely believed that he was among those who attended it.

The prime minister’s office has refused to confirm or deny the allegation – which indicates that it is true.

The Daily Mirror‘s Kevin Maguire has joked about it: “If Case went, he can’t head an inquiry although he could supply a guest list.”

Good point – and one that Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick should bear in mind if she can’t find her own copy.

This Site has already pointed out that the Met provides police officers to guard Downing Street at all times and everybody who attends that location must be signed in and out. Therefore the record for December 18, 2020 will show who was at the party.

Dick is said to be considering whether to investigate the party and it is more appropriate for the police to do so than for anybody connected with Boris Johnson in even the remotest way.

Remember: the police are this week prosecuting several people for offences of breaking Tier 3 restrictions in London on the day of the party, including a family in Ilford who allegedly held a party of their own.

If the police really do uphold the law “without fear or favour”, then they must investigate the Downing Street party too. It was a crime – as the other prosecutions show. And crimes are investigated exclusively by the police.

Dick already has a few names on the list of those she should be grilling, starting with those of Allegra Stratton and everybody else on the video clip of a mock press conference, laughing and joking about a rave-up that they enjoyed while everybody else was being driven into misery by their government’s rules.

It seems clear that she should add Mr Case to that list.

And no – Johnson’s attempt to mark his own homework (as these self-investigations are known) is not an excuse to say there’s no need for a criminal investigation.

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#Police will be asked to investigate Parliamentary #drug use. We know what they’ll say!

Hoyle: is this how he’ll react when the Metropolitan Police refuse to investigate cocaine use in Parliament, on grounds that they don’t investigate crimes retrospectively?

The Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has announced that he will ask the Metropolitan Police to investigate cocaine use in Parliament:

Apparently all but one of 12 lavatory areas in Parliament that were tested showed traces of cocaine.

That’s all very well, but we know what the answer will be, after Cressida Dick’s response to complaints about the Downing Street Christmas party of December 18, 2020:

It turns out that Met Commissioner Cressida Dick herself previously said the Met had many retrospective investigations on the go:

But that was a while ago. Clearly the new less-than-one-year limitation on investigating crime retrospectively came in after 2017.

Funny that none of us ever heard of it, though…

Still, we know the answer Hoyle will hear – right?

So the Met Police won’t be investigating druggie MPs.

If it does launch a probe, then the failure to investigate the Downing Street party will be a serious breach of procedure. But we know that already, too – right?

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