This govt is busy pretending its #policing bill is about making people, esp women, safer.
That is why there is a whole section on protecting monuments, a whole section on shutting up Steve Bray, a whole section on protecting Parliament.
And nothing about women.
Be in no doubt. From removing the whip from Remainer MPs to cowing the BBC to giving Priti Patel and police a free hand ban "noisy" protests they don't like, this Government is openly making it clear that dissent will not be tolerated.
All this talk of "cancel culture" and protecting the free press is a smokescreen. They are cancelling all sorts of cultures faster than any "woke warrior" and, far from holding the powerful to account, the Press is not just colluding with them, but cheering them on.
XR stop a few newspapers for one night? Make a law to ban them. Steve Bray interrupts an MP on College Green? Make a law to ban him. Somebody pulls down a statue? Make a law to protect statues (there's already a law against vandalism).
But protect women? Do you remember the upskirting bill? Do you remember how BJ was so anxious to scupper Brexit debate that he sacrificed the domestic abuse bill by proroguing Parl (unlawfully)? Do you remember how he told a Labour MP she was being hysterical?
This government is corrupt and venal with no interest for anyone other than itself and its friends.
And it is determined to crush all opposition voices - while lecturing other countries on their "undemocratic" ways.
We are living in scary, scary times.
Sorry. Will shut up now.
And she's back!
There's another group the Government plans to protect: journalists. Well, I'm all for that obviously. But not for special treatment when there's no special treatment for BAME people or the truly vulnerable.
Anyway, I've put together a rough-and-ready guide to who Johnson's Government will and won't help. Please feel free to correct/add to it. Thank you.
Oh, and here's a tip for @PritiPatel and @kitmalthouse: You don't "protect" women by increasing theoretical sentences. You do it by catching and convicting their attackers.
But it's easier to protect a statue that isn't under threat - from women holding a vigil for someone who clearly and tragically was.

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