If you want to find a policeman nowadays, don’t call 999: go to a gay pride rally. They’ll be out in force, posing for photos with drag queens, having a merry old time and proving beyond doubt that they are absolutely, definitely not bigots. As when, on July 22 of this year, Sussex Police tweeted that it would be marking trans pride in Brighton by providing advice on hate crime to passers-by. If you were a trans person and you did happen to get mugged that day, Brunswick Square was the place to run to for help. Nothing says “we’re on your side” like being handed a leaflet about intolerance and a free pen. …public consultation is a veneer for decisions that have already been taken. As the top sets the direction, so the various branches of the state rush to comply with embarrassing haste. And what is this thing called “hate crime”? Aren’t all crimes on some level hateful? murder and theft are just as sinful as prejudice, if not more so, and yet it doesn’t feel as though they enjoy the same sense of political urgency. The alienation between the values of authority figures and the values of ordinary folk grows.
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