Ministers must take decisive action to implement the Rwanda deportation plan, disregarding obstacles and addressing public concerns about issues such as the "blob" and immigration. The public is growing weary of politicians who claim their hands are tied when it comes to fulfilling promises. In the face of necessary choices, politicians often opt to avoid taking the required actions.
Over the weekend, as expected, an anti-Israel march coincided with Armistice Day but was rerouted away from the Cenotaph. Nevertheless, the event witnessed the same expressions of hatred and anti-Semitism from radical protesters. Concurrently, far-Right extremists gathered in Whitehall under the pretext of defending Armistice Day, engaging in disruptive and confrontational behavior that contradicted the solemnity of remembrance.
Predictably, the Left pointed fingers at the government, accusing it of exacerbating divisions and escalating tensions. However, the Prime Minister expressed his disapproval of anti-Israel protests on Armistice Day, and the Home Secretary rightfully criticized the ongoing protests due to criminality and incitement to violence. This weekend's incidents surpassed previous misconduct.
Some individuals choose to divert attention from the reality and engage in projection and displacement activities. They claim that the real hatred comes from ministers and the media rather than the anti-Israel marches, and that incitement is found in those criticizing hands-off policing.
The persistent criminality during anti-Israel marches and the aggressive behavior of extremists are rooted in past failures to enforce the law and maintain order on the streets. The Metropolitan Police's reluctance to ban the march based on legal grounds further exacerbates the situation. Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman may have desired a different outcome, but the decision to ban a march rests with the Home Secretary upon a request by the relevant police chief, as stipulated by the Public Order Act 1986.
Some argue that allowing police chiefs to decide on march bans is appropriate, despite frustrations expressed by the Prime Minister. However, the current approach is ineffective. The law and the decision-making process need to change to address persistent disruptions, intimidation, and incitement caused by certain marches.
Rishi Sunak's pledge to hold Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley accountable for the policing of protests is not an infringement on operational independence. Scrutinizing and criticizing the police does not contradict operational independence; it ensures transparency and accountability.
The broader issue extends beyond policing and includes the pending Supreme Court judgment on the legality of the Rwanda deportation scheme. The government's policy faces legal challenges based on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which limits the ability to change the legal basis. Immigration and other systems are similarly hindered by complex legal frameworks, often influenced by the ECHR.
Ministers express frustration at the limitations imposed by existing laws and policies, shaped by judicial rulings and legal frameworks. To address these issues, the government must consider reforms, such as changing laws, scrapping binding targets, transferring power from overbearing quangos to accountable organizations, and amending administrative laws that impede progress.