The Home Secretary’s comments came as his controversial Public Order Bill took a step towards completion
The amendment to the Public Order Bill was approved by the Commons by a vote of 297 to 110, with a majority of 187.
But what exactly did Braverman say? Here’s everything you need to know.
What did Suella Braverman say?
The broader Public Order Bill aims to crack down on ‘disruptive’ protests and includes a new offense of obstructing major transport networks, interfering with key national infrastructure – such as trains, roads and printing presses.
It also included sweeping stop-and-search powers for police to seize material for so-called “lock-in” methods of activism.
Examples of lockdown techniques used by groups such as Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil include protesters sticking or otherwise attaching themselves to roads or other sites to cause disruption.
The Home Secretary said: ‘It is the wokerati who read the Guardian and who eat tofu, dare I say, the anti-growth coalition we have to thank for the disruption we are seeing on our roads today’ today.”
What is tofu?
Tofu is a food that is made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the curd into solid white blocks of varying softness. It is low in calories while providing a significant amount of protein.
It originated in China and has been a mainstay of Chinese cuisine for over 2,000 years, but has since become an inexpensive staple in many countries, including Vietnam, Thailand, and Korea.
Braverman also accused the opposition parties of being a ‘coalition’ of chaos: ‘I’m afraid it’s Labor, it’s the Lib Dems, it’s the coalition of chaos,’ he said. -she adds.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper called Braverman’s words ‘amazing’, adding: ‘The Home Secretary actually talked about a chaos coalition, we can see that in front of us as we speak.”
Is the Dartford Crossing open again?
Marcus and Morgan, members of the Just Stop Oil movement, climbed onto the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and stood there for more than a day, blocking traffic from crossing. They slept in hammocks and hung a banner reading “Just Stop Oil” above the deck.
The men were evacuated from the bridge by police using an elevated platform which arrived at the scene on Tuesday afternoon. They were apprehended separately and arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to harm public order.
The crossing was reopened by national highways shortly before 11 p.m.
“‘We have successfully cut off oil supplies to Kent and the South East for 36 hours and we are now stepping down,’ the two protesters said in a joint statement posted by Just Stop Oil on Twitter.
But they vowed that “more Just Stop Oil supporters will step in day in and day out, causing disruption and putting their freedoms on the line to demand that the government stop new oil and gas.”