As a furious Edward Colston statue row erupts on Jeremy Vine, the Labour mayor has been blasted.
Andrew Pierce and Shay Grewal, guests on JEREMY VINE, argued over the decision to exonerate those accused of removing an Edward Colston statue in Bristol last year.
Following a court decision acquitting four people of tearing down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston last summer, Conservative commentator Andrew Pierce slammed Bristol’s Labour mayor, Marvin Rees.
He told Jeremy Vine on Channel 5 that the decision meant the UK’s rules-based legal system had been replaced with one based on “values.” “That’s a really, really disturbing precedent,” he said.
“We have a system in this country, it used to be a rules-based system of law,” Mr Pierce told Jeremy Vine.
“As a result of this decision, it is now a legal decision based on values.”
“To put it another way, the law can be bent depending on the values of those who choose to break it.
“That sets a dangerous precedent.”
“Are there going to be any more?” says the narrator.
“If we don’t like x, we can desecrate a statue; if we don’t like a painting because it offends us, we can rip it down from the wall.”
“It’s a deeply troubling development.”
“And I’m surprised Shay [Grewal] doesn’t believe Marvin Rees, the country’s first black mayor, didn’t do something about it in the four years he was mayor before the vandals tore it down.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday that “destroying public property can never be acceptable” in the United Kingdom.
“We do have a clause in the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill that will hopefully close a potential loophole and mean you can’t just go around causing vandalism, destroying the public realm, and essentially not be prosecuted,” Mr Shapps said.
“I don’t want to be seen as commenting on a specific case; there was a jury, they made the decision, and they would have known all the facts.”
“However, on a larger scale, I believe we live in a country where destroying public property is never acceptable.”
“We live in a democratic nation,” he added.
“If you want to see things changed, you can do so by voting, petitioning your local council, and so on.
“You don’t do it by causing criminal damage out on the street.”
“We’re going to be on all the time,” says the narrator.
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