In the Mail, a Metropolitan Police officer voices concerns over double standards in policing, citing a ‘light touch’ approach to pro-Palestinian protests, contrasting with tougher responses elsewhere, and attributing this disparity to a politically correct cultural shift. Here’s how the article begins:
Suella Braverman was right to accuse police chiefs of “double standards” in how they tackle different protests. And I should know – because for the past decade I have served as an officer on the Met’s frontline.
What I have witnessed in recent weeks, as tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters have repeatedly marched through London, has left me in despair about the future of a force to which I have dedicated my professional life.
We have seen appalling antisemitism, with mobs calling for ‘jihad’ against Israel. My colleagues have been ordered to police these intimidating displays of disorder with the lightest of touches.
It was the same with Black Lives Matter protests and, for a long time, the hugely disruptive stunts by groups such as Just Stop Oil.
In contrast, anti-lockdown demonstrations during the pandemic were robustly dealt with by officers in full riot gear.