Protecting human rights and preventing anti-GRT racism weren’t enough reason to persuade Starmer to oppose the Tories, but last night’s scenes on Clapham Common have belatedly forced u-turn
Keir Starmer has finally decided to oppose the Tories’ attempt to criminalise political protest, after still telling Labour MPs up to this morning that they had to abstain in Tuesday’s vote.
Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds has just (late Sunday morning) announced that Labour has decided to oppose.
Protecting our democratic freedoms and the human rights of Gypsy-Roma-Travellers wasn’t enough to persuade Starmer that opposing Priti Patel’s totalitarian bill – which will impose ten-year prison sentences if a protest caused ‘annoyance’ – was a good idea. But the scenes of women being dragged off in handcuffs for standing against violence and misogyny have (eventually) proven too much for his focus groups and triangulation to persuade him to ignore.
But of course, this doesn’t undo Starmer’s decision to wave through a law that lets undercover police – or even civilian ‘intelligence sources’ – off if they rape or murder: the rightly notorious ‘CHIS’ or ‘Spycops’ bill.
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