Tower Bridge: Extinction Rebellion protestor blocks traffic
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A group of Tory MPs have urged the Prime Minister to fight back against the “woke warriors” in a new manifesto. The pamphlet, released by the Common Sense Group, called on Mr Johnson to introduced harsh rules to force Government-funded institutions to “promote British values, traditions and history”.
Sir John Hayes, a former Tory minister who leads the group, said: “As such, the culture warriors are not merely a disruptive nuisance, they represent a profound threat to the values which underpin our civilised social order.
“The battle for Britain has begun, and guided by the common sense of the people, we must triumph for the common good.”
The pamphlet also endorsed a change to the Equality Act, which is designed to protect people from discrimination in the workplace.
Gareth Bacon, Tory MP for Orpington, said: “Judicial interpretation of the Equality Act 2010 has had the effect of enshrining the notion that if one says one has been offended on grounds of race, religion, sexuality, gender etc then one almost automatically has been.
“This gives huge power to activists and forces the leaders of organisations to fight endless fires of grievance, stifling freedom, embittering the workplace and sowing division.”
Mr Bacon went on to urge the Prime Minister to force institutions that accept public funds to promote “British values”.
He continued: “The destructive, totalitarian, divisive, negative and anti-democratic ‘woke’ ideology can be defeated.
“It just needs us to have the courage to stand up and fight it.”
This week, the Queen outlined 30 laws that ministers intend to pass in the coming year – some new, some old, and some ongoing.
The Government introduced new plans to “protect freedom of speech” and the new legislation will create a freedom of speech tsar in the Office for Students.
Ministers also moved to target Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter protests through the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
This Bill will hand powers for the police over protests, and new sentences for serious crimes.
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Ahead of the Queen’s speech this week, Home Secretary Priti Patel warned left-wing activists that “there will be no hiding place” for those who harm the country.
She said: “I am completely unapologetic about that.
“I am a part of a government that has conviction going through our veins.
“I think the public are feeling that now.
“They really are. I think the machinery of government is feeling that too.”
Last month, nine women were arrested after Extinction Rebellion protesters smashed windows at the HSBC building in London.
The climate change activists used hammers to break windows and paste sticks on walls before sitting down outside the building.
Two weeks earlier, the climate change activists broke windows at the London headquarters of Barclays bank.
The protesters were seen carrying placards with slogans such as “Better Broken Windows than Broken Promises” and “In Case of Climate Emergency Break Glass”.
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