A new policing bill is going through Parliament in the UK. It contains, among other sweeping measures, increased powers for policing what is currently legitimate protest. Headlines infer that some offenders could serve punishments of up to ten years in prison for defacing a statue.
I don’t know what you get if you leave the face on.
This lot in power seem to love statues. I think it’s because it suits them to try to hang on their comforting and glorious versions of British history, as if their more convenient truths have been cast in a sort of solid confirmation in the physical bronze and are now on a plinth proclaiming ‘See? You should believe this story. Be proud.’
So any threat to the statues memorialising their heroes–which preferably don’t display the subject’s revisited and revised history–is an assault on the foundations supporting their own increasingly unbalanced world view.
Still, would be entertaining seeing the police, armed with sticks, fight off a really determined protester in a tank.
If you wave a banner in an enthusiastic manner sing, clap or shout there'll soon be fallout if we don't like the way your protest does stray we'll pull all the stoppers and push in the coppers we'll stifle your dissent on our new policy content to protect the free speech we continue to preach leave the statues intact we like our history facts we're sure you'll agree now, get down on your knees
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