Up to 10 years in prison for a peaceful protest on climate change! That’s the plan that the government has for us in its Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Whether it’s Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough or Extinction Rebellion, the voices of those who have been warning us about the perils of climate change have been getting through. But action on climate change poses a real threat to vested interests such as the fossil fuel and aviation industries and the government that promotes them. That surely is the real reason for the bill. Not because a protest might inconvenience motorists driving in central London and thereby merit 10 years in prison.
The bill is shocking in its own right. But it also makes a nonsense of Britain’s claim to be a liberal democracy. If the UK imposes this sort of repressive law on its people, it will be rightly branded as hypocritical when it lectures other countries such as China and Hong Kong.
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