Cosmetics brand Lush was praised by campaigners for its nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the spycops scandal and unfolding Establishment cover-up.
Lush’s spycops campaign is running from 1 to 18 June. Working with Police Spies Out of Lives, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the ongoing undercover policing scandal, where officers have infiltrated the lives, homes and beds of activists.
Customers will be asked to sign a postcard to Sajid Javid calling on the new Home Secretary to appoint a panel of experts to the inquiry, expand its remit to Scotland and to release the personal files of victims.
Campaigner Andrea, who was deceived into a long-term relationship by notorious spycop Carlo Neri, said she was delighted with Lush’s support. She said: “As victims of abusive undercover policing, we are dismayed by the current situation with the inquiry.
“So far, £10.5 million of public money has been spent on what seems like a vastly expensive cover-up.
Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith praised Lush founder Mark Constantine, telling the Star: “He promised to publicise the spycops issue in every store across the UK and he has lived up to his word.”
Mr Smith criticised negative responses on social media from former police officers, quickly amplified by the right-wing press.
“The backlash against exposing the truth about the dirty secrets the British state would prefer to stay hidden says a lot about the nature of the free press and their supposed role in holding power to account.”
Mr Smith said it was “turning into a secret inquiry,” adding: “The British state doesn’t want its dirty anti-democratic secrets aired in public.
“In its current form, the public inquiry is heading towards being a good old-fashioned Establishment whitewash.”
The inquiry has been beset by problems since it was launched in 2015.
There has been growing discontent among non-police or state participants, with concerns raised about former undercover officers being granted anonymity, as well as the slow speed of progress.
Campaigners were dismayed earlier this month when inquiry chairman John Mitting said the final report would not be delivered until December 2023.
Plenty of support for Lush’s campaign:
“To clear this up, this isn’t an anti-police campaign, it’s to highlight the abuse that people face when their lives have been infiltrated by undercover police,”
Lush’s campaign has not gone down well with the police: Criticism rarely does, they have a fragile image problem.
Make a stand and show support:
– Support Police Spies out of Lives.
– Sign the petition from the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance.
– Follow the #spycops hashtag on Twitter.