The 22nd March 2017 will be noted for the attack in Westminster of a person armed with a knife, who drove at pedestrians and police, killing, to date, five people and injuring dozens more. I cannot comment on the motivations of the attack because these are unknown but I find Theresa May’s hypocrisy galling as she gave her statement in the aftermath.
Theresa May’s Hypocrisy
To stand and talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and rule of law goes beyond the pale.
And the values our Parliament represents – democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law – command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere. That is why it is a target for those who reject those values.
But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before, any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.
It was Theresa May that went to the Supreme Court to block Parliament from having its lawful say on the matter of ‘brexit’. It is the Tories who have voted down Parliament having a meaningful input into and vote on the outcome of the ‘brexit’ negotiations. Time and time again during their recent tenure in government, the Tories have mocked the very democracy that May earnestly announced is so precious.
From gerrymandering voter registration to tip 100,000s off of the electoral register in 2014 to aid their general election win in 2015 and, likely, cost them the Remain win, to the election overspending that they have already admitted to and are currently facing criminal investigation for fraud over, to David Cameron using his office to attempt to deceive the British public over his benefiting from tax avoidance and the dubious payments the likes of Cameron and Osborne have received for ‘speaking’ tours, the Tories have stuck two fingers up at British democracy, Parliament, and British voters.
Overseeing Attacks On The Vulnerable
Not that Theresa May’s hypocrisy is reserved for British democracy; to talk of human rights and ‘free people everywhere’, given the condemnation of her government by the UN on the abuses of the human rights of the disabled in this country and the Tories decision to scrap their commitment to providing shelter for child refugees, and continue to sell arms to oppressive regimes, the Tories are in no position to lecture anyone on the respect for human life.
Holding hands with despots places you and you’re atrocious party on the wrong side of history Theresa May, you shame the country that you believe you reign over.