'Woke culture is dangerous' says Ann Widdecombe

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News that taxpayer money was being used to fund equality tsar Aishnine Benjamin’s blog when the pandemic has caused NHS waiting lists to top 13 million prompted fury from many. In her ramblings, Ms Benjamin – the equality, diversity and inclusion lead at the Nursing and Midwifery Council – gave people an extensive reading list of anti-racist literature.

One book she recommended was Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala.

The 37-year-old – who is also a MOBO-winning artist and Ms Dynamite’s younger brother – is a long-standing political activist and has frequently spoken out about racism in the UK.

Akala – whose real name is Kingslee James McLean Daley – has also supported the family of Mark Duggan – whose death in 2011 in London sparked the worst rioting the UK has witnessed in decades.

An inquest that concluded in 2014 ruled that the 29-year-old was lawfully killed by police.

Speaking shortly before the verdict was given, Akala told Ceasefire magazine in a YouTube interview: “The police aren’t going to jail for killing no one – let alone black people.

“Police are not there to protect people. When the people who pay the police’s wages, us, the regular people pay the majority of the taxes in this country, when we protest against rich people, who protects them?

“If the police are public servants, if they are there to protect everyday people like me and you.

“I’m not saying that there are not some good individuals in the police force. I’m not saying that there are not some functions that the police serve that are useful, that’s not what I’m saying.

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“Obviously if your child goes missing having a function, a person that you can call, an organised force with resources that can go and find your child.

“If there are paedophiles in the world, someone needs to deal with them. I’m not saying that everything the police do is redundant.

“What I’m saying is their function, how they historically came into existence and the primary function they serve is not to protect people like me (from ethnic minorities).”

He added: “The killing of people like Mark Duggan and he’s not the only one. The killing of poor people generally that the police have been permitted to get away with.”

Akala went on to claim that “Britain is racist”.

In another interview uploaded just a month after Mr Duggan’s inquest was concluded, he talked about setting up an “African Police Service” to replace the conventional force.

He suggested manning it, partially at least, with some people he knew who used to work as bouncers but were now unable to fulfil that role because of having “little” convictions.

He added: “All of us have got brothers – wherever they are – sisters – wherever they are – that train, that are ready, that are probably out of work.

“I know a bag of man who used to do door work. Can’t do door work no more if you’ve got a little conviction you can’t do doors right?

“So now there’s a bag of man out of door work. Imagine we can turn up to man and say ‘yo bothers, sisters (on the) payroll.

“It’s not a charity. It’s not volunteer work.”

He went on: “All I want to see when I walk on the streets is five, six, seven, eight, 10 young Africans that I know that I can call – because I’ve got the number, it’s come through my letterbox – that I can ring and say right that’s my police force.”

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