When the people of this country voted the way they did in 2019, they voted for a no-nonsense government, a conservative government, which is the party of law and order.
As I have said many a time, people in Dudley North, they are ordinary folk, working hard to make a living. A living that is increasingly harder to make in the current climate.
I can not understand how the privileged and entitled few think that it is acceptable to stop our carers and nurses from being able to get to work so that they can care for our sick and elderly. They think it is acceptable to block a fire appliance from getting to a serious fire, burning a local business to the ground, or more tragically, stopping people inside the burning building from being saved.
Which is why it is actually regrettable that in the past we have not been able to do very much about police officers who seem to think that it is quite alright to commit acts of vandalism on statutes, whether we like them or not, or they think it is quite okay to dance in the street with protestors who shouldn’t be congregating because they are breaking lockdown rules.
The minority of criminals who commit these acts, they just disgust me. They have no concept of the real world, they no concept of the misery they bring to those less fortunate than themselves. A protest is not peaceful if it blocks key roads. A protest is not peaceful if it interferes with key infrastructure. Peaceful means more than a lack of decibels.
New criminal, disruptive, and self-defeating tactics, carried out by a selfish minority in the name of protest, are causing more serious disruption to the British public, with some parts of the country grounding to a halt and police resources being diverted from local communities which is where we really need them.
But the disruption doesn’t simply stop at getting us from A to B. It is worsening the cost of living crisis. And what’s more, blocking a road forces our constituents to make journeys in their cars miles out of their way to get around the idiots who are disrupting them. This not only costs an awful lot more in fuel, money most don’t have to spend, but also means that more fossil fuels are being burnt and more pollution in our environment.
But we can’t even trust the opposition to stick up for hard-working people, our constituents. The shadow justice and shadow Home Secretaries both publicly say they do not believe other people should be able to cause disruption to other citizens, who are going about their daily business, but yet they consistently vote against any measures in Parliament that would deal with just that.
Dudley people want to be able to get about their business, without others infringing on their ordinary lives. The Public Order Bill, brings together a set of common-sense, no-nonsense approach that people want this conservative government to deliver. I want to thank both the Home Secretary and the Policing Minister, who I know who are doing their best to make sure that police officers in Dudley are going to deliver these services through the new police station.