Is Priti Patel Turning The UK Into A Dictatorship?
The Tory’s haven’t been the most popular bunch, but they’re surely hitting a new low recently.
It’s unto the people to decide if this is a Margaret Thatcher or Tony Blair level of leadership, its not starting illegal wars or leaving thousands of families in poverty, but it’s a dictatorship level piece of legislation that will affect the England and the United Kingdom for decades to come if its passed into law.
Priti Patel, the home secretary has been using the very common airtime or Boris Johnson, Insulate Britain, and the various issues with the NHS and the Coronavirus, to quietly and sneakily write many anti-protest laws into the new policing bill, making many successful methods of protest illegal.
Now techniques that the Suffragettes used, that Anti-War protestors used, the way that just a few months ago, did activists stop a deportation flight from leaving a detention center, will all be drilled into law and imprisonable, for 51 weeks, basically a year sentence that follows many many “offences” embedded all over the legislation.
It essentially criminalizes our right to peacefully protest, as imprisonment follows actions such as attaching yourself to public property and willful obstruction of a highway, which by obviously no coincidence at all creates an offence of “locking on”, or carrying equipment which might facilitate such a motorway. It criminalizes anyone who attaches themselves to “a person, to an object or to land”.
In a nutshell, anyone found to be attaching themselves to any public property (like insulate Britain) such as locking onto barriers, gluing yourself to a road will be made illegal. And because the laws are so intentionally vague, it can mean anyone found walking past a demo with superglue, and just linking arms in a protest can get you this famous 51-week sentence.
The legislation also outlaws such practices as protesting whilst making any level of noise.
If a protest is disruptive to the point of causing distress, un-ease, or alarm to any near passer-byers (an offence which essentially covers any protest whatsoever, as that’s the point of a protest) then police powers are allowed.
IT IS, WITHOUT HYPERBOLE OR CAVEAT, A PIECE OF LAW WHICH WOULD SIT MORE EASILY IN A DICTATORSHIP THAN A DEMOCRACY
Which is an extraordinary way of truly portraying the threat to British liberty this piece of legislation, and the Conservative Party, is.
It is very clearly a stab at the Insulate Britain protestors, which leaves us with the question, are they partly to blame for it?
Jake Phillips, World News/UK Politics, TSC