Britain’s Government Shake-up Points to the West’s Biggest Problem
Britain has some massive problems. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets of London calling for a new holocaust. Chants like “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” call for genocide. Others demand intifada from “London to Gaza.” Muslim preachers openly call for jihad. Jews no longer feel safe in Britain’s capital.
Even on Armistice Day, the marches continued.
After that weekend, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak finally acted. He fired Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who was in charge of policing.
The police have clearly failed in their role, so firing her seems fair enough. But that’s not why she got the ax.
She was kicked out just for talking about this glaring problem.
Braverman called the protests “hate marches” and said the police “played favorites when it comes to demonstrators.”
This is clearly true. Police have been quick to support terrorism and murder. Meanwhile, they have torn down posters of Jewish victims and banned a tv van from showing pictures of Jewish victims while driving around London. You can publicly call for murdering Jews, but you can’t show pictures of their dead bodies: That’s a double standard.
People on the left and right were quick to attack Braverman. Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer said few have “done more recently to whip up division, set the British people against one another, and sow the seeds of hatred and distrust than Suella Braverman.” Baroness Warsi, a peer from Braverman’s own party, said she “lit the touch paper and ignited community tensions.” Police consultant Graham Wettone accused her of creating “more tension and increased emotion.”
This wasn’t the first time she has come under heavy fire. In September, she said multiculturalism “has failed because it allowed people to come to our society and live parallel lives in it.” When you see crowds calling for terrorism on the streets of Britain’s major cities, how can you disagree with her?
Sunak gave in to the pressure and sacked her. The government has been reshuffled, with former Prime Minister David Cameron called in to fill the hole her departure leaves.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Braverman. She talked tough on pro-Hamas marches, multiculturalism and Britain’s migrant crisis, but she never did much to fix the problems despite holding one of the most powerful offices in government. Perhaps I’ve been too harsh; her sacking reveals her boss doesn’t share her views.
Regardless, it shows that in modern England, just talking about a problem is too much.
It’s a problem the Bible condemns in our people again and again.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 say, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” They just want pleasant things that tickle the ears and make them feel good. They don’t want blunt truth; they want pleasant fiction. Paul is writing about those in God’s Church, but it’s the spirit of the age.
Again and again, the prophets of the Old Testament condemned the same attitude.
Isaiah condemned those who “say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah 30:10). Jeremiah’s opponents “dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14 and 8:11; New International Version).
The experts of Ezekiel’s day “seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace” (Ezekiel 13:10). In Micah’s day, people came up with all kinds of reasons to avoid facing hard truths. They said, “Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us” (Micah 3:11).
The result: “Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant” (Isaiah 30:13). No one wants to hear about the obvious cracks in the dam wall, so when it bursts, it’s a sudden, unexpected catastrophe.
Ezekiel uses a similar metaphor in the same context. Those who claim everything is fine and peaceful are like those who paint over a cracked, fundamentally unsound wall with whitewash. All they do is hide the problem (Ezekiel 13:14; Revised Standard Version).
Clearly there is a strong part of human nature that wants to ignore major problems and insist everything is fine. Braverman at least pointed to cracks, but then she was blamed for making them.
The firing of Braverman points to one of the biggest problems in Britain, America and beyond. Every week, London has some of the biggest anti-Semitic marches the world has seen since the Nazis, facilitated by British police and London authorities. Instead of being concerned, we fired the one member of government who spoke out.
This fact alone guarantees the problems will get worse. But it is also why we must sound a warning like a trumpet—a sound people cannot ignore. There are solutions to our nations’ massive problems, but only if we admit those problems exist in the first place.