Piers Morgan: 'Suella Braverman had to go but that doesn't mean police or Palestine supporters are immune from criticism''

By TalkTV's Piers Morgan

Suella Braverman poured fuel on the flames of national tensions before Saturday’s pro-Palestine march.

She gave a green light to morons who came to London on the false pretext that the cenotaph was under attack.

She effectively told the public that they couldn’t trust the police.

Those who came looking for a fight did so with her blessing. The scenes at the weekend were predictable, inevitable, and entirely her fault.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been criticised as weak for letting Braverman get away with repeated outbursts that were specifically engineered to cause controversy.

Critics say he’s risk averse, managerial, not a leader. By sacking Suella and bringing David Cameron back into government, he has changed that narrative.

Right-wing counter-protesters on Armistice Day. Credit: Mark Kerrison/In Pictures

And judging by how furious Labour supporters are about his return, I’d say they probably fear that it’s a smart move.

But if part of the plan was to overshadow Braverman’s sacking - bad luck. We won’t forget that she abandoned her duty to keep this country safe.

Clashes between protestors and police. Credit: Burak Bir/Anadolu via Getty Images

She was reckless in the extreme to criticise the police ahead of the most controversial public demonstration in years. She had to go.

But that doesn’t mean the police - or the Palestine supporters - are immune to criticism.

Many thousands of people marched peacefully to support Palestine this weekend. They had every right to do so in a democratic country that’s serious about free speech.

But, let’s be clear. Among those crowds were some hateful racists and anti-semites.

That is unacceptable. 'From the river to the sea' - calls for the complete eradication of Israel.

Among the crowds there were many offensive placards. One woman marched proudly with a Star of David mocked up as a swastika. Another sign showed a Jewish snake suffocating the world - a Nazi trope.

Some men showed up in Hamas headbands. There were very many more examples. We've all seen them.Protesters have every right to demonstrate against Israel’s response to the terrorist attacks on October 7. I have stated that repeatedly.

Mass Palestinian solidarity rallies held in London. Credit: Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images

But we cannot allow this unfettered antisemitism on our streets.

Why didn’t other protesters step in to prevent this? Why did the police seem to do nothing besides tweeting about it afterwards?

I remember when the police stepped in to pre-emptively arrest republican protesters who tried to picket the King’s coronation. That was wrong.

But if they were capable of that, I fail to see why they allowed these antisemites to show up, some of them glorifying terrorists, which unlike protesting the monarchy is a genuine criminal offence.

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