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British Empire and Silencing Dissent

by Oui Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 09:26:44 AM EST

In the week of Women's Rights ...

#ClaphamCommon #ReclaimTheseStreets

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

We knew this was coming. Priti Patel has been extremely clear about what she thinks of Black Lives Matter. "Those protests were dreadful," she said last month. She's also been clear about what she thinks of Extinction Rebellion. At a police conference last year she branded its activists "eco-crusaders turned criminals". Now we see what she plans to do about it.

On Tuesday, the Home Office published the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill. It covers a wide range of areas, from sentencing to digital information. But it has a specific section on the policing of protests. And the function of this section is simple: It aims to silence them. It is cancel culture on a statutory footing, directed against the left.

Priti Patel describes Black Lives Matter protests as 'dreadful' | The Guardian - Feb. 12, 2021 |

The home secretary, Priti Patel, has described the Black Lives Matter protests that swept the UK last year as "dreadful" and said she did not agree with the gesture of taking the knee.

The protests, in which demonstrations took place in more than 260 towns and cities in June and July, were the largest anti-racism protests in Britain for decades.  

Pandemic and a vigil for women's anguish

Sarah Everard: Met officer appears in court charged with kidnap and murder | The Guardian - March 13, 2021 |

The day after ... Met Police headache

During the vigil, where was mayor Khan an responsible politicians and officials?

Police response to vigil for murdered London woman Sarah Everard called 'unacceptable' | ABC News |

Sarah Everard: Met defends policing of London vigil as 'necessary'

The Metropolitan police have defended their policing of the London vigil in memory of Sarah Everard, after widespread criticism of the force's handling of the gathering.

Priti Patel, the home secretary, and Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, both said they had demanded an explanation from the Met, amid accusations that officers had grabbed women during clashes with the crowd and mismanaged the largely peaceful vigil in Clapham, south London.

Figures from across the political divide united in criticism, with Tory MPs among those who condemned the Met's approach as "appalling". Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat leader, called on Dick to resign. "This was a complete, abject, tactical and moral failure on the part of the police," he said in a letter to the commissioner. "We therefore call on you to consider your leadership of the service."

British style white-wash, a commission will be installed with most experienced Lord Judges and Lady Prosecutors ...

The Conservative Party's changing stance on race | The Economist - Oct. 31, 2020 |

According to hansard, the official parliamentary record, the term "critical race theory" had not been uttered in the House of Commons before October 20th. The discipline, which holds racism as a pervasive condition rather than merely as hateful conduct, emerged in American academia in the 1980s, and crossed the Atlantic two decades later. It uses the concept of "white supremacy" to refer not just to hooded Klansmen, but to the everyday advantages afforded to white people. It has shaped the thinking of many in the Black Lives Matter (blm) movement.

Yet it had not much stirred the Conservative Party until Kemi Badenoch, a Treasury minister who also speaks for the government on equalities issues, declared the government to be "unequivocally against critical race theory", calling it "an ideology that sees my blackness as a victimhood and their whiteness as an oppression".

by Oui on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 09:45:33 AM EST
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    Titled "The Negro Page" by 17th century Dutch landscape painter Aelbert Cuyp

Were Those Black 'Servants' In Dutch Old Master Paintings Actually Slaves?

And there was a "black page" (according to the museum sign) wrangling a horse in the background of Jan Mijtens' 1650s portrait of prominent lawyer "Willem van den Kerckhoven and His Family." The painting's "considerable size, his family's fine clothing, and the presence of a black page in the middle ground all signal the man's prosperity," the sign informed. Again that curious formulation of the sentence--the man's wealth is signaled by his fancy possessions--and a black man. Was the black page one more of van den Kerckhoven's possessions? Was he, were all these black "servants," actually slaves? It was a mystery that this MFA exhibit about "class distinctions" didn't answer. I set out to find out.

Dutch involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and abolition | African Studies Leiden |

Visiting Amsterdam: Dark side of the Dutch Golden Age

by Oui on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 10:15:08 AM EST

Why were William and Kate not at the evening vigil?

by Oui on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 11:10:12 AM EST

Bullying Headline Can Wait for Another Day ...

Palace raises stakes in Meghan bullying inquiry

'Self-serving': UK media tabloids hit back at Meghan and Harry's interview

by Oui on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 11:12:27 AM EST
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Palace 'appoints outside lawyers to probe Meghan Markle bullying claims' | The Independent |

Buckingham Palace has hired an outside law firm to conduct an independent inquiry into bullying claims made against the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

Last week, in the lead up to Meghan and Harry's eagerly anticipated Oprah interview, Palace sources were quoted as saying that the Palace was "prepared to retaliate with fresh disclosures about the couple's behaviour if the monarchy is attacked".

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by Oui on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 04:05:03 PM EST
Listened to her explanation of an unlawful gathering ...  utter Bull ... no leadership or flexibility ... talks about an event ... no emotion nor trace of empathy. Binary choice it's either a 0 or a 1. 🤓

Sarah Everard: Met Police Chief will not step down despite calls to resign over vigil tactics | Sky News |

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick says she will not step down over the policing tactics used at a vigil for Sarah Everard.

"What happened to Sarah appals me. I am the first woman commissioner of the Met - perhaps it appals me in a way even more because of that," she said.

"What has happened makes me more determined - not less - to lead my organisation."

by Oui on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 at 06:27:05 PM EST

But the mood was starkly different in London and Brighton, where images and videos of women being arrested were disseminated widely. The footage has deepened the anger felt by many, and helped to ignite a national movement.

One 23-year-old who attended a vigil in Brighton criticised Sussex police. "At first, it was silent, then people were speaking. There was singing and tears; it was really very moving. It really escalated when the police surrounded one of the speakers."

She added: "What was so shocking to me about last night when there was criticism of Sussex police, you could see loads of people had felt this pain in some way. I reported a rape a couple years ago to Sussex police and know there's an institutional problem."

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Not a communicator ... hiding behind stupid excuses!

Dame Cressida said she agreed on the need for a "sober review" and defended how officers responded to the "really big crowd".

"They have to make these really difficult calls and I don't think anybody should be sitting back in an armchair and saying 'well that was done badly' or 'I would have done it differently' without actually understanding what was going through their minds," she said.

She added that what happened to Ms Everard made her "more determined" to lead the organisation.

Four people were arrested for public order and coronavirus regulation breaches, the Met said.

Heads should roll ... does London need Dame Dick to make the streets safer for women? Tory policy of repression US working backward.

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My hometown The Hague ... near city center and the heart of Dutch politics and parliament.

Trump got defeated by the China virus, Merkel's CDU/CSU is sliding in German election due to 3rd wave caused by British virus. What do the Dutch need this week to lose trust in 10 years Mark Rutte and Conservative rightwing policies?

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More from Johnson
China should be brought into efforts to reduce the global stock of nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

"We're committed to nuclear arms reduction, and indeed we believe that China should be brought into strategic nuclear arms reduction," Johnson said.

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Britain's Nuke Increase Is In Breach Of Its NPT Obligations | MoA |

Britain is lifting the cap on the number of Trident nuclear warheads it can stockpile by more than 40%, Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday, ending 30 years of gradual disarmament since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The UK has signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as a nuclear weapon state. Britain, by increasing its stockpile of nuclear weapons, is now in breach of Article VI of the treaty.

    Arms Control and Proliferation Profile: The United Kingdom - last reviewed July 2019

    The United Kingdom maintains an arsenal of 215 nuclear weapons and has reduced its deployed strategic warheads to 120, which are fielded solely by its Vanguard-class submarines under its maritime-only deterrence strategy. The UK is actively reducing its nuclear stockpile and plans to reach 180 nuclear weapons by the mid-2020s, which will represent a 65 percent reduction since the height of the Cold War.

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Salmond announces plan to stand for Holyrood as he launches Alba Party | Holyrood|

A political party and intends to stand for election at the Scottish Parliament elections in May.

In a statement this afternoon, he says the aim is to build a "supermajority" for independence.

The party will only contest list seats but expects to field a minimum of four candidates in each regional list.

In his statement, the former first minister said: "The party's strategic aims are clear and unambiguous - to achieve a successful, socially just ad environmentally responsible independent country.

The Party that cares about Scotland's independence as much as you do


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