(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Will this soon happen in the United States?
Police departments in the United Kingdom have spent tens of thousands of pounds in taxpayer money on woke and transgender merchandise supporting the LGBT community and its “pride,” a report has revealed.
Some £67,000, which equals nearly $80,000, was spent by British police departments on what a critic called “woke nonsense” over the past three years, The Daily Telegraph reported, as cited by Fox News.
The pro-LGBT merchandise bought by the British police includes flags and decorations for rainbow-themed cars.
“Police chiefs have been caught red-handed wasting money on woke nonsense,” revealed Tom Ryan, a researcher at the Taxpayers’ Alliance.
Data requested and released by the British authorities under the local freedom of information laws shows that 27 police departments across England and Wales paid £66,689 for rainbow-themed merchandise between 2019 and 2022.
The biggest LBGT merchandise spender among the 27 departments was the South Wales Police.
It gave more than £24,000, or roughly $29,000, of its taxpayer-funded budget to buy “rainbow-themed T-shirts, badges, pens, whistles, flags, water bottles, and even sporks.”
The second biggest spender was the Kent Police force, which gave £8,000, or roughly $9,600, for purchasing “rainbow whistles, pens, pencils, lanyards, and other items.”
Twenty-five other police departments in England and Wales also spent taxpayer funds to decorate cars with rainbow-themed stickers. They also bought “rainbow fuzzy bugs” and fans.
The British National Police Chiefs’ Council has argued in the past that police cars with rainbow-themed decorations act as “hate-crime cars,” which stimulate the public to alert the authorities about hate crimes, which include social media posts.
The British police spending on LGBT merchandise was blasted by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, a nonpartisan NPO calling for lower taxes in the UK.
The nonprofit emphasized that crime throughout Britain was growing and public money should be used to improve public safety.
“With crime on the up, it will bring little comfort to Brits knowing that bobbies are kitted out with rainbow merchandise,” Ryan declared.
“Police forces should put a stop to this pointless spending and focus funds on the frontline,” he added.
UK institutions are increasingly embracing “woke culture.” For instance, last year, London’s transportation agency issued new guidelines for its staff banning the words “bicycles” and “accident” in favor of “more welcoming and inclusive language.”
Nile Gardiner, the head of The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, Nile Gardiner, told Fox News the pervasive “wokeism” in Britain was a “nefarious destructive ideology.”
“It is just completely ridiculous the rise of wokeism in the UK. It’s a nefarious destructive ideology that is advanced by the far left but adopted by a large number of British institutions. And it has no place in British society. It is hugely divisive and fundamentally un-British,” he stated.
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— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 8, 2023