The proposed measures, criticised for “treating peaceful protest like terrorism“, strengthens police authority to use stop and search, which is already applied racially to single out particular groups of people, and provides new offences for "locking on".
The estimated annual cost of the bill comes to £900,000, and the main benefit is cited as "improved public safety". Extinction Rebellion, Just Stop Oil, and Insulate Britain are specifically named, campaigns very much in the interest of future public safety themselves.
One lesser known aspect of the bill is the implication that defendants will have to prove their innocence, a violation of the right to a fair trial and the principle "innocent until proven guilty". If the bill is to pass, more pressure will be placed on courts already working at capcity, with up to 66 more protestors being sent to jail and up to 696 new court cases each year.