Having repeatedly spoken of “hate marches”, this time she refers to a “mob” with links to Hamas – It is the second time in a week that the Home Secretary has embarrassed the Prime Minister
London, Thanasis Gavos
Faced with sharp criticism, even from officials of the ruling Conservative Party and call from the opposition for her removal from Prime Minister Sunak is once again UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman.
The latest occasion has been an “inflammatory”, as assessed by politicians and commentators, article by the minister responsible for policing in The Times in which she reiterates her opposition to the mass demonstrations in London and other British cities in favor of Palestine
Having repeatedly referred to “hate marches” in her statements, this time she refers to a “mob” with links to Hamas, but also to police who are “biased” in favor of left-wing and anti-right-wing protesters.
The reason for her new article was the Metropolitan Police’s decision not to ban next Saturday’s large demonstration in London against the Israeli bombing of Gaza, which coincides with the Armistice Day celebrations, i.e. the anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Rishi Sunak had described the march as “provocative and disrespectful”, but after meeting with Metropolitan Police chief Sir Mark Rowley on Wednesday he accepted that the criteria for a ban on the protest were not met. Police and organizers say the march will not affect the monuments and sites where the annual commemorations led by King Charles will take place the following day.
Far-right groups have called for a counter-rally in central London on Saturday to “protect” monuments, as the killing spree escalates in the city.
Labour’s shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper accused the minister of deliberately “undermining trust in the police” and “inflaming tension” by being “out of control”. Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer called the minister’s “divisive” rhetoric.
Reports say Ms Braverman has defied Downing Street’s directive to change some wording in the disputed article.
It is the second time in a week that the Minister of the Interior puts the Prime Minister in a difficult position and that she receives criticism from her colleagues. There had previously been a reference to a plan to “crush the tents” used by the homeless, saying that in many cases the homeless choose this lifestyle.
Now, according to multiple reports, there are Conservative Party officials who are openly speculating that Ms. Braverman is deliberately provoking Mr. Sunak with her inflammatory posts to oust her in order to re-emerge as a party leadership contender as the clear representative of the far right wing of the Tories.
However, a Downing Street spokesman said at midday that the Prime Minister “has full confidence” in the Home Secretary.
Ms. Braverman managed to provoke reactions in Northern Ireland with her article, as she wrote that the pro-Palestine marches are reminiscent of those in the region. Now republicans and unionists are asking the minister to clarify which of the two communities she was referring to.
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