Picador wrote:What you're getting your knickers in a twist about is the 'right to protest' that's enshrined in our Const...oh wait, we don't have a written constitution do we?
We'd better have another civil war to rectify that oversight hadn't we? There's nothing like armed insurrection and dead civilians to send the government a message. Worked for Trump, right?
Of course you conveniently ignore the bits that restore police powers that have been eroded by successive governments since Thatcher, and allow the judiciary to hand out sentences that reflect the severity of the crime - whole life terms for child murderers, do you object to that? Lord Longford did, the senile old cunt. Hindley still died a prisoner.
This country has never done authoritarianism well, it's not in the British makeup.
The Emergency Powers Act was neutered into the Civil Contingencies Act in 2004. It will never return in its old form and intentions. British police are routinely unarmed, one of the few forces (sorry, services) in the world that aren't. The howls of outrage when some twat gets Tasered are deafening.
So get a grip FFS. If the Bill prevents a few rent a mob agitators, of whatever political colour, being pains in the arse so much the better.
As it goes, when the Extinction Rebellion arseholes were performing in London in 2019 it's reckoned that the London Ambulance Service attended over 20 deaths that may not have happened if the vermin hadn't blocked every fucking bridge in Central London. If I'd been in charge I'd have machine gunned the lot of them.
Thanks for that; you are showing your true colours. Vermin? Machine gunning the lot of them?