Why we should all be afraid of the government’s new policing bill

Flowers and tributes for Sarah Everard and victims of male violence at Clapham Common. Photo by Author

You may have missed the government’s new police, crime, sentencing and courts bill. The British media, usually so loud and brutal, have remained uncharacteristically tight-lipped on the issue.

The legislation, which the government tried to force through the house this week, proposes that the maximum sentence for defacing a statue be increased from 6 months to 10 years, double the minimum sentence for rape.

The bill is more concerned with protecting the bronze likeness of Winston Churchill than the living, breathing bodies of sexual assault victims. It places…


Meghan set the record straight in her interview with Oprah. What conclusions can we draw about the British media and aristocracy?

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I’m British but I’ve never really been that interested in the royals. When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, I’m not sure I gave it any thought.

Strange then that during the last few years, I’ve gradually grown more aware of how Meghan has been treated in the media, her status as a royal now symbolically entangled with wider racial and social issues in the UK. …


When anti-racist activists toppled the statue of a slave trader, a culture war erupted in Britain. Who was to blame?

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In November last year, a UK poll revealed that 55% of British adults believe that the BLM movement had exacerbated racial tensions.

How could an anti-racist movement paradoxically cause an increase in racial tensions? Why would there be such a significant backlash against an overwhelmingly peaceful movement? How was the narrative spun so quickly?

It was, quite curiously, catalysed by a statue.

Like many other Britons, I had no idea who Edward Colston was before his statue was dumped in…


This resonated with me a lot, as we are having similar problems in Britain too. I've noticed how defensive the right can be when you merely point out facts about the slave trade. I've been accused of being unpatriotic for trying to discuss these issues. Strange then to think that I do consider myself somewhat patriotic, because I love many things about Britain and being British, and I want to see all the people in this country do well and exist on a level-playing field. …

James Robertson

British political blogger focusing on social and racial justice, exposing right-wing media misinformation. Also currently writing my first novel.

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