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The ongoing controversy around Suella Braverman’s comments on a planned protest calling for a ceasefire in Gaza – branding those intending to demonstrate in support of Palestine as “hate marchers” – has reached a new low, as people are now praising Liz Truss for supposedly doing something Prime Minister Rishi Sunak seems incapable of doing.
She continues: “They are an assertion of primacy by certain groups – particularly Islamists – of the kind we are more used to seeing in Northern Ireland.
“There is a perception that senior police officers play favourites when it comes to protesters. During Covid, why was it that lockdown objectors were given no quarter by public order police yet Black Lives Matters [sic] demonstrators were enabled, allowed to break rules and even greeted with officers taking the knee?
“Right-wing and nationalist protesters who engage in aggression are rightly met with a stern response yet pro-Palestinian mobs displaying almost identical behaviour are largely ignored, even when clearly breaking the law?”
The piece, published on Wednesday evening, was not approved by No 10 according to Sunak’s spokesman, and has faced widespread criticism – with her Labour counterpart Yvette Cooper issuing a scathing response in the Commons in which she accused the cabinet minister of “attempting to rip up the operational independence of the police”.
\u201cNo other Home Secretary would have done this\u201d. \n\nYvette Cooper slams Suella Braverman\u2019s comments about policing, accusing her of inflaming community tensions.
Sunak is now facing calls to sack Braverman over her comments, with Twitter/X users pointing out that even the UK’s shortest-serving prime minister, Liz Truss (yes, the one defeated by a lettuce) managed to ‘fire her’ during her premiership:
Even Liz Truss managed to sack Suella Braverman but Rishi Sunak doesn't have a backbone.\n\nPeople are marching for a ceasefire. For peace. But we have a Home Secretary promoting division to advance her own career.\n\nShe must go.\n\n#bbcqt
Lettuce remember that for all her many faults, in her world leading 49 days as Prime Minister, Liz Truss still managed to sack Suella Braverman
Even Liz Truss in the dying hours of her premiership managed to summon the courage to sack Suella Braverman
Liz Truss as the shortest serving UK Prime Minister ever, in her 49 days still managed to sack @SuellaBraverman, meanwhile @RishiSunak is still trying to find his spine \ud83c\uddf5\ud83c\uddf8\ud83d\udd4a\ufe0f#SackSuella #March4Palestine
\u201cEven Liz Truss had sacked Suella Braverman\u201d. I believe little more needs to be said than this damning sentence.
Even Liz Truss managed to sack Suella Braverman. Why is Rishi Sunak so weak?
Liz Truss was demonstrably a vacuum of leadership credentials.\n\nAnd even she had the wherewithal to sack Suella Braverman.