UK Policing and the Revanchist State

States Power Emotion

Roy Coleman and Beka Mullin-McCandlish discuss the UK Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill made public in March 2021.

The recent Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which passed its second reading in March has been an issue of contention for opposition parties, activists and academics alike. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has claimed that an increase in police powers was necessary to “deal with protests where people are not primarily violent or seriously disorderly” but have an “intent to bring policing to its knees”.  Neil Smith described the Conservativism of governments that was consolidated in the 1980s and 1990s as revanchist. This form of state speaks the language of revenge and, as Smith notes, sets in motion a series of practices whereby “blaming the victim has been raised from a common political tactic to a matter of establish policy”. The victims of free market political-economy – most…

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