Owen Jones: the police state must be intersectional

He campaigned for this lockdown, now he’s saying it’s racist.

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One of the most remarkable things about the authoritarian measures ushered in by the UK’s Tory government is how little opposition they have faced from the left. After spending months insisting Boris Johnson is a would-be far-right despot, many supposed leftists have spent the past few weeks actively demanding that Johnson put them under house arrest. Most notable among them was the Guardian’s Owen Jones, who greeted the suspension of our civil liberties with genuine relief.

Perhaps nothing demonstrates how thoroughly illiberal, dimwitted and detached from everyday life the modern left has become than this alleged socialist clamouring for a Tory police state. Only in recent days has our Owen started to worry that suspending everyday freedoms and handing the state more powers may have adverse consequences. And news that the first person to be wrongly charged under new coronavirus laws is black has really given him pause for thought.

It’s hard to know where to start with this. If he genuinely believed the British state was racist, why did he support handing it sweeping new powers? Does he support a police state but only so long as it is suitably intersectional? Would he have been less bothered if the first person wrongly done over under these laws was white? The mind boggles. But perhaps this will be a lesson to him and other authoritarian ‘leftists’: if you happily hand the state more power, you give up your right to complain about what it does with it.

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Comments

Linda Payne

3rd April 2020 at 4:55 pm

Does Owen Jones have a portrait of himself at home which ages? seriously he has been looking 15 for the past 12 or so years

Gareth Edward KING

6th April 2020 at 4:50 pm

Now, come along Linda, are you suggesting that this Owen chap has even read Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’? Now, we all know that you have (well done!) and I have too! Anyway, if ‘baby-face’ is only 15 years old it might be a little difficult for him to understand, especially since when he does actually get round to doing his A’levels he’ll have to cope with something (bad) that (of course) is written by a black author. Wilde’s racist right? ‘cus he’s a DWM, right?

Marvin Jones

7th April 2020 at 12:49 pm

IQ’s don’t always evolve with the rest of the other faculties, but ignorance and stupidity have no limits in these empty shells.

Gordon der Gopher

3rd April 2020 at 4:43 pm

God, racistOJ is so racist. *What he’s saying is that he’s not surprised the first person to be wrongfully arrested is black because, according to racistOJ, most of the people who’ll be arrested are black. RacistOJ clearly hates the BAMEs and POCs and the like. That’s cos he’s a bloody racist. RacistOJ the racist they call him. Cos he’s a racist.

*please read this bit out in the style of Cathy ‘So what you’re saying is…’ Newman

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