Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for London mayor, talks like a Guardian columnist:
In the past four years, there has been a disturbing rise in homophobic hate crime in London …
No single community should ever feel singled out, victimised, or punished, and we must not stand idly by as this form of abuse continues to increase.
How about instead of:
“No single community should ever feel singled out, victimised, or punished”
“No single person should ever feel singled out, victimised, or punished”.
Otherwise you’re seeing things through the lens of identity politics. If a person gets beaten up then what matters is that a person gets beaten up, not whether they’re a member of some community or other.
We need tougher crimes to protect everyone, not just favoured groups.
I would like to see our Government make homophobic hate crime an aggravated crime in line with racial and religious hate crime. This would ensure harsher sentences and could be achieved as part of the sentencing reforms.
The end result of punishing violence against favoured identity groups more heavily is that you’ll be able to get away with beating someone up, as long as they’re a white heterosexual non-Islamic male. One rule for them, another rule for everyone else.
We cannot afford to ignore this issue as LGBTQ+ hate crime is growing at a faster rate than almost all other types of hate crime. In the past 12 months alone, 2,835 recorded incidences of homophobic hate crime were reported to the authorities in London.
Actual serious people who look at these sorts of reports usually say that most of these numbers are grossly inflated. Clearly Shaun Bailey is not an actual serious person.
Yet research by Stonewall, a charity set up to represent and protect the LGBTQ+ community, suggests that 81 per cent of people who experience LGBTQ+ hate crime do not report it to the police.
The only problem with these numbers if that we can be pretty sure that Stonewall is pulling them out of their arse.