Follows Tory lead on war memorial graffiti. At least Blair paid lip service to being tough on its causes
Keir Starmer is tacking even further right than Tony Blair, with a promise on Sunday to back a Priti Patel – Priti Patel – plan to introduce 10-year sentences for ‘vandalising’ war memorials.
In other words, painting anti-war or anti-racism graffiti on a monument during the Black Lives Matter protests could see someone jailed for ten years. At least Blair paid lip-service to the idea of being ‘tough on the causes of crime’ as well when he went hunting right-wing votes.
In this case, the ’causes of crime’ would be rampant inequality, the glorification of working-class people being killed for the aims of elites – and public anger at entrenched Establishment racism.
There’s a big hint for any Labour leader, though: if it’s a Tory plan it’s a Bad Thing. But if it’s got Priti Patel‘s fingerprints anywhere near it, it’s a Very Bad Thing.
The other clue is in Starmer’s job description: leader of the opposition. Any Labour Party leader should be speaking out against the fundamental causes of anger and protest – not against those protesting for change.
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