Community Troublemakers

Via JuliaM, this story:

A former race relations advisor to the police has been charged with a racially aggravated offence.

Judah Adunbi, 64, was arrested at his Bristol home on 18 April and will appear in court next month.

Mr Adunbi was hit in the face with a Taser in January 2017.

Ah yes, I remember that incident and wrote about it here. So what’s this chap done this time?

Mr Adunbi of Easton, Bristol, was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following an incident at a betting shop in Stapleton Road, Bristol, on 29 March.

Now this is pretty meaningless given how anything and everything is racist these days, but it’s interesting nonetheless:

Judah Adunbi is a founding member of an independent group set up to improve relations between the police and the Afro-Caribbean community.

Ah yes, I recall hooting with laughter at the time of the tasering about that. But there’s a serious point to make here.

One of the many, many things I detested about New Labour was their elevation of various “community groups” and “community spokesmen” as part of their overall embrace of identity politics. Seemingly every other day there was some self-appointed representative either attacking the government or demanding special privileges, almost always at the expense of the general public. Few seemed interested in who these people were or what mandate they had to represent those on whose behalf they claimed to speak, and on closer inspection most seemed to be professional troublemakers and political campaigners whose actual support was miniscule and whose interests were largely their own. Yet New Labour and their Conservative successors welcomed them with open arms and in many instances even enlisted their help with writing policy, and continue to do so. How many of the Grenfell Tower spokespeople actually lived in the tower and have a bona fide right to lobby on behalf of those affected? Did any of the papers do a profile on the man with the Egyptian name who organised the protest against the local council so we could see who he was and ascertain his connection with the tower? Of course not: we’re expected to simply accept the legitimacy of any loudmouth who steps forward and demands to be heard. What’s disgraceful is successive governments have fallen over themselves to appease these people, despite having no idea who they are.

That one of the government’s favoured “community representatives” is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons shows how cack-handed their attempts have been to connect with the population. It’s an absurd way to govern, and there are no signs it’s getting better.

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6 thoughts on “Community Troublemakers

  1. Without a shred of evidence to support my assertion, I suspect this will be a case of the police looking to even a score……..

  2. I swear they had elected officials for stuff like that. The Left has unleashed their legions of sqawkers and screechers in their attempt to create minority rule.

  3. I’m with Jim.

    I remember the incident in which he got tasered and the video footage made it clear that his only offence was to tetchily refuse to kowtow to a couple of useless plod neither of whom had the brains or personality to defuse the situation.

    Frankly though, without evidence to the contrary, I instinctively sympathise with the ageing rasta rather than the filth. I am not the only middle-aged, middle class white guy to think that way and plod might want to reflect on that.

  4. I remember the incident in which he got tasered and the video footage made it clear that his only offence was to tetchily refuse to kowtow to a couple of useless plod neither of whom had the brains or personality to defuse the situation.

    Absolutely. But you’ve got useless Plod on one side, and what is probably a professional troublemaker on the other. I’d side with him on the tasering incident, but the police should probably never have had anything to do with this guy in the first place.

  5. At the time I was happy for him to be tasered and I hope he gets his due this time, I loathe all community organisers from the big O downwards.

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