Mr Johnson emphasised that doing so would be a distortion of the past, this comes after an ongoing debate over the removal of statues of historical figures. In his Telegraph column, the Prime Minister wrote: “If we start purging the record and removing the images of all but those whose attitudes conform to our own, we are engaged in a great lie, a distortion of our history.” The Prime Minister also noted that it was “absurd and deplorable” that Winston Churchill’s statue should be in any danger.
“He was a hero, and I expect I am not alone in saying that I will resist with every breath in my body any attempt to remove that statue from Parliament Square, and the sooner his protective shielding comes off the better,” he said.
Shadow Justice Minister, David Lammy, has hit back at Boris Johnson for failing to focus on the real issues being highlighted.
Mr Lammy said the Prime Minister focus on the vandalism and removal of statues was a distraction from the real issue, which is a lack of progress.
As ministers confirmed they were discussing plans for a new law on damaging war memorials, punishable with jail terms of up to 10 years, Lammy, the shadow justice minister, accused the government of not taking proper action.
During last weeks BLM protests, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, sent a stream of tweets in response to the damage being done to statues around the country.
It was just, former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, but also a crowd in Bristol toppled a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston.
The Prime Minister said removing statues was “to lie about our history” and that protests over the death of George Floyd in the US had been hijacked by extremists.
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Furthermore, Lammy highlighted about the Prime Minister’s tweeting habits: “He’s never tweeted eight times in a day on coronavirus. He’s never tweeted eight times in a day on the Windrush review, and what he’s going to do about it, on the review David Cameron asked me to do on disproportionality in the criminal justice system, and what he’s going to do about it.”
“So this feels to me like a bit of a deflection. Let’s get to the action. Let’s have some substance. Let’s do something about these historic injustices which still exist in our country. Let’s respond to Black Lives Matter properly. Call in the protesters, pass the legislation if it’s needed. Act now.”
The justice minister has also accused the government of burying reports that look into the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on people from the BAME community.
These recommendations came from a Public Health England report on the matter.
“It’s horrifying that at the moment across this country it’s hard to be black or Asian and not know someone, or someone who knows someone, who has died,” he said.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who appeared on Sky’s Sophie Ridge on Sunday confirmed the government was looking at a new law on damaging war memorials, with a maximum 10-year jail term.
The chancellor said the justice secretary, Robert Buckland, would meet Tory MPs who were calling for a new law next week.
The shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, said Labour would back the move. “I would support the government in creating a specific offence for protecting war memorials, and I would be willing to work with the government on that,” he told the same show.