The UK Government sometimes surpasses even itself. The ‘Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’ is a new bit of legislation so universally hated that even Brexiteers and Remainers are united in its opposition.
At its heart is a transparent attempt to outlaw all protest beyond a tut and a roll of the eyes, following highly inconvenient Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter demos in recent years. Not content at stopping there though, the Bill also takes aim at Gypsy and Roma communities, essentially criminalising their way of life.
We can’t quite believe it’s as bad as it all sounds, but Rosemary Harris, a political campaigner at Friends of the Earth, joins us to explain that it most definitely is; to assess the likelihood of it becoming law; and to chew over the implications for anyone wishing to protest the state of things if it does.
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