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Don't let the Tories divide us

by Brian Richardson
Issue No. 2376

A decade ago the then-chair of the Tory party Theresa May said the Tories needed to lose their image as the “nasty party”.

But today the same Theresa May is leading the Tories’ attempt to divide us with poisonous rhetoric. 

They hope to deflect the blame for the economic crisis away from themselves, the bosses and the bankers.

We have also seen a concerted attempt to rewrite the backdrop to the August 2011 riots. The police are trying to portray Mark Duggan as a notorious gangster to justify his fatal shooting (see page 18). 

Those riots were not “criminality pure and simple”, but rage against police harassment, racism and inequality.

The government’s attempt to introduce a gagging law, the decimation of the legal aid budget and mass kettling and arrests on demonstrations expose their contempt for our rights.

They deny us access to justice then corral and criminalise us when we protest.  

The government is nasty but also weak and divided. We can beat them if we build upon the anger we have seen on the streets and in the strikes of recent weeks. 

Brian Richardson is a criminal barrister. He will be speaking at the Defend the Right to Protest conference: Austerity, Injustice and the Power of Protest, Saturday 26 October, 11am-5.30pm, ULU, Malet St, London WC1E 7HY

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Tue 22 Oct 2013, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2376
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