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ukpol, anti-GRT, anti-Black, Crime Bill 

The UK government is saying the quiet part out loud now.

"Discrimination against black people and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in a controversial suite of new laws is 'objectively justified', the government has claimed.

Home Office documents published on Monday admitted that different groups would be disproportionately impacted by measures in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill.

They include enhanced stop and search powers and the criminalisation of 'residing on land without consent in a vehicle'.

The Home Office admitted that proposed Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs), which would allow police to stop and search people based on their previous offending history without the 'reasonable grounds' currently required, would disproportionately affect black people.

But its equalities impact assessment added: 'Any indirect difference on treatment on the grounds of race is anticipated to be potentially positive and objectively justified as a proportionate means of achieving our legitimate aim of reducing serious violence and preventing crime."

independent.co.uk/news/uk/home

@porsupah that’s horrific. I can’t imagine how terrifying the thought of this legislation being in place must be for those it clearly intends to deprive of their liberties and freedoms.

ukpol, anti-GRT, anti-Black, Crime Bill 

@dch It's staggering. But this government's shown they fully desire to be *seen* to be racist, as the report into racism found a couple months ago, outright declaring there to be no systemic racism in the UK - even the somnambulist press felt that was unbelievable.

And with their majority in Parliament, it's very difficult to prevent them doing anything they feel like - they have no interest in public opinion, and certainly no sense of shame.

ukpol, anti-GRT, anti-Black, Crime Bill 

@porsupah @dch

This is a quite deliberate attempt to go back to the early 1980s when these groups were routinely targeted for stop and search to "keep them in line" and is what a lot of Tory voters wanted to happen for 40 years (in areas just outside London there was an increase in tension between white and black communities following Brexit, despite there being no country on the Continent with a majority black population!)

ukpol, anti-GRT, anti-Black, Crime Bill 

@porsupah Wow, that’s unusually shitty even for the Home Office

ukpol, anti-GRT, anti-Black, Crime Bill 

@ghost_bird It's like it's some kind of internal contest - after all, they've got Patel's "let's send jetskiers all but ramming into migrant craft to force them to turn around" concept to compete with.

Ever wish you could look at a political news page and not have to brace yourself for who they're going to be (more) shitty toward next? *sigh*

ukpol, anti-GRT, anti-Black, Crime Bill 

@porsupah There’s reason I manage my news consumption carefully these days, yes. But I wonder how much of this one is Patel (or her predecessor) and how much is the Home Office’s own authoritarian tendencies and links with the police

ukpol, anti-GRT, anti-Black, Crime Bill 

@porsupah sink England into the sea

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