The march towards authoritarian rule has been embraced not just by Labour, but undeniably by the Conservative and LibDem leadership.
We have accepted that after 12 years in No.10 Labour are the ones who have undertaken the enactment of over 32,000 new pieces of legislation (more than all the previous parliaments since its inception), 3000+ new criminal offences and forcing through many new and contentious laws which run counter to the rule of law as laid out in our constitutional documents and the Bill of Rights.
I don’t need to compile another list of Liberty lost, I have already done that, which the Convention of Modern Liberty picked up and ran with, (funny how the CML document is now missing) despite that event being a false flag attempt by the establishment to retain control of the Liberty agenda.
Seeing as it was based on a list originally compiled by myself, it’s a good job I kept a copy. abolition_of_freedom
Now match that against the pathetic effort produced by the Coalition in their Protection of Freedoms Bill, and you will be sorely disappointed. It abolishes virtually nothing, merely tidying up, taking off the rough edges and in many cases replacing repealed articles and SI’s with replacement ones with enhanced powers.
These sorry excuses for political leaders disgust me. This Bill addresses virtually none of the public concerns about their loss of liberties, even less of the proposals put forward by the public in Clegg’s sham public consultation.
When we said we wanted repeal, we meant REPEAL not fiddling. They need to start again and this time do it properly.
My thanks to Sue who advises me that the Government have opened up a website to allow public comment on this Bill, clause by clause. They are calling it the Public Reading stage, which to my mind is a heck of a move forward, but it remains unclear as to whether any of the public comment will either be read or taken notice of by MPs.
Downside to this site is that they are not displaying any of the schedules that go with the Bill, nor will it as far as I can see, be displaying any amendments.