Barking and Dagenham Council leader Liam Smith has written to the Home Secretary asking her to ban “inflammatory” protests in the borough.
The move was prompted by a demonstration last month at which three people were assaulted and last weekend’s demonstration by the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPAC).
So, hardly the Sack of Rome, then? In fact, Edwin has more details on just what the trouble actually was, and who started it.
Cllr Smith says in a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May: “I know that local residents and businesses share my fears about these protests, like me, they believe the groups are unrepresentative of the views of the vast majority of law abiding residents in our community.
“I therefore urge you to intervene, in this instance, in the interests of public safety and ban all such demonstrations which are likely to promote hatred.”
Hmmm, odd. I can’t say I’ve heard much from my mother about terrible public concern over this issue. And she lives there, so she’d know.
Stella Manzie, Barking and Dagenham Council chief executive of said the move was not against everybody but “those whose marches look to have a disruptive effect”.
When asked how it would still be possible for residents to exercise their democratic rights, she said that would be up to legislators to decide.
No, it would not, you monstrous control-freak!
She said: “What we are concerned about is the impact on local people who just want to go about their business.”
I’m not aware that businesses closed down en masse for the duration of these protest, so what the holy hell are you blathering about, woman?
“We are not against freedom of expression and democracy. The issue we are very concerned about is community cohesion. We know that local people want to get on with their lives. I think most people in the borough would completely understand why the letter has been written.”
Have you asked them then?
Or is the term ‘most people in the borough’ merely shorthand for ‘all my council cronies’?