Delingpole: Priti Patel’s Selective Outrage Is Pandering to the Leftist Mob

DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images

Here is what Britain’s Home Secretary seems to think was the most shocking aspect of yesterday’s violence in London:

I agree that it isn’t a pretty sight — and that the location where the man chose to relieve himself is unfortunate: right next to the memorial to PC Keith Palmer, the police officer murdered outside the Houses of the Parliament in 2017 by an Islamist terrorist.

That said, does the man look like he is deliberately insulting the memory of PC Palmer? Hardly. In all likelihood he hasn’t even noticed the small memorial. He’s relieving himself, as rough men do — especially when they’ve had a bladder full of booze — against the nearest pillar. Remember, all the public conveniences in London are currently closed because of the lockdown. The options in Parliament Square, if you’re desperate to go, are very limited right now.

Fights take place in Trafalgar Square as protesters supporting the Black Lives Matter movement clash with opponents in central London on June 13, 2020 (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

This isn’t to defend public urination in British streets, merely to offer a sense of perspective sadly missing from a lot of the media coverage of yesterday’s violence, which appears determined to promote the narrative of radical leftists like Mayor Sadiq Khan that “far-right” groups are a much bigger threat than the radical left.

The facts speak otherwise: many more police officers were injured last weekend by Black Lives Matters rioters and far more property damaged than in this weekend’s counter-demonstrations by various groups (some of them peaceable veterans; some of them football hooligans spoiling for a fight).

Nor is there much doubt that yesterday’s clashes would have been entirely avoidable if the police had done their job at last week’s BLM demos. If they had hit the hardcore of professional agitators hard, arrested anyone who vandalised public property or attacked the police, not run away at the first whiff of grapeshot, defended Britain’s heritage, not taken the knee, etc. — then the counter-demonstrations by people outraged by the police’s and the government’s apparent surrender to the radical left would not have been felt necessary.

And most of the very ugliest incidents yesterday — including at least one man who was beaten to a pulp — were perpetrated by gangs of BLM supporting thugs, not by anyone from the far-right.

Yet it suits the left-liberal Establishment, which now includes formerly conservative newspapers, to cast the “far-right” as the bad guys and the hard-left, Antifa-allied agitators of Black Lives Matter as paragons of virtue.

You can understand it when the left does this: it’s all part of their ultimate goal to overthrow the system.

But when Priti Patel, a supposedly robust Home Secretary from the Thatcherite wing of the Conservative Party, starts tweeting out left-wing propaganda talking points, you know the country is in a very serious mess.

Come on Priti Patel. Raise your game. We’re not stupid. Anyone with eyes to see recognises that little by little, the Conservative government we elected in the belief that it was our only bulwark against the neo-Marxist Labour party, is instead betraying our country to the left.

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