By Stephen Bailey.

It’s quite clear to any reasonable person that genuine free speech doesn’t exist for most of the population in the UK. Two recent incidents amply highlight the reality of this situation.

First, Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, 45, a charity worker, was standing quietly on a pavement in Birmingham when she was questioned and then arrested by police who had received complaints from an onlooker who just suspected she was praying.

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce was not holding or displaying any sign or making any visible or audible form of protest. She was then arrested on suspicion of ‘failing to comply’ with a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) around the BPAS Robert facility in Kings Norton, an abortion clinic.

In the second, former Scotland Yard detective, Peter Bleksley, has issued a strong condemnation of the Metropolitan Police’s handling of the ‘Stop Oil protests’ which caused very substantial disruption across London and many other parts of the country when they were repeated across the UK and created misery for many trying to go about their everyday business:

‘The police were very slow in the early stages of these protests. And I think basically there was a fundamental lack of courage on behalf of the police and prosecutors to use the existing law robustly and to challenge some of the stated cases.’

Commenting on the infamous arrest of an LBC journalist Mr Bleksley added:

‘…police officers were clearly so brainwashed by their superiors, and the instructions that were handed down, that they forgot policing is often about discretion and common sense.’

He’s right. The police, brainwashed by two decades of post-Macpherson Report cultural-Marxist (politically correct) indoctrination go easy on left-wing protestors and act with disproportionate harshness on those that don’t follow this agenda, like pro-life Isabel Vaughan-Spruce and the LBC journalist.

The police, brainwashed by two decades of post-Macpherson Report cultural-Marxist (politically correct) indoctrination go easy on left-wing protestors.

For the new liberals, the cultural-Marxists, liberty simply means licence for them to speak and act in whatever way they want. This is of course without hindrance of any kind from anybody else, acting as self-appointed censors monitoring and noting down every little detail for later reference their opponent’s words and actions, whilst at the same time running around in an obsessive manner preventing, stifling and in numerous instances, aggressively shutting down genuine debate with a titanium clad ring around any topic they want to prevent discussion on.

They use various means to do this, including verbal and / or physical intimidation, oppressive censorship measures and laws such as those enacted in the wake of the Macpherson Report to unfairly shut down their opponent’s valid arguments and even simply prevent them from saying anything at all. This is not free speech and needs to be addressed urgently.

Speech is either free or it isn’t, there can’t be any legitimate qualification to its definition.

If you can debate some topics freely and with vigour, but not others, or only debate them weakly or to a certain proscribed degree, then that’s not free speech but curated, controlled or directed speech. The UK Constitution needs to have a mechanism introduced that guarantees free speech for all her citizens, not just left-liberals.

The UK Constitution needs to have a mechanism introduced that guarantees free speech for all her citizens, not just left-liberals.

This state of affairs is very apparent in the condition of the current UK police forces, as clearly shown by the incident in which a police officer was caught on camera shouting pro-Palestinian messages at a rally in London a while ago, just one among many other examples.

Most UK citizens’ attitudes towards the police are largely conditioned by their experiences of them during their childhood and adolescence and when they were younger, which, of course, for the majority of people, took place some time ago. Many people base their attitudes on how things were many years or even decades ago. It’s natural to do this, but it has become increasingly apparent that the nature, practice, and ethos of policing has changed dramatically and systematically in recent times and that subsequently it’s now no longer wise to maintain the same attitudes towards them. Nobody who’s had any experience of the current police forces can possibly believe that they operate as they did in past years.

All modern UK police forces have been thoroughly re-structured and modern policing now follows an ethos that is based on left-liberal concepts which employ ultra-politically correct principles.

The reality on the ground of this shift is that the police have become little more than the draconian paramilitary enforcers of the cultural-Marxist project and extremely antagonistic to anybody who is perceived to be against this left-liberal agenda.

They see it as their job to run around making certain target groups happy and secure whilst largely ignoring normal police activities like preventing or investigating crime, which is, after all, their main function in society.

This shift in police practice needs to be acknowledged, and we need to stop still treating them as if they are operating as they did in the past, as their politicization is consequently not effectively opposed, and we have consequently witnessed the virtually complete triumph of metropolitan liberalism in the UK police forces today.

The only way to defeat this politicization of the police is to stop living in 30 years ago under very different circumstances and recognise the reality of the modern cultural-Marxist police modus operandi.

Like all bullies, if you stand up for yourself, they will (eventually) back down.

Like all bullies, if you stand up for yourself, they will (eventually) back down.

It is unwise to keep showing them misplaced good will when they don’t reciprocate. If this politically correct agenda is vigorously opposed, there is a chance that the police will drop their politically correct agenda and effective policing which concentrates on preventing and solving crime can be restored.

For more from Stephen Bailey please visit: https://ukunionism.wordpress.com/blog-2/

© 2022 Stephen Bailey

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