Assault on British Democracy threatens next election

Assault on British Democracy threatens next election

48 hours in politics and three destructive bills passed by the Tory party that infringes on human rights to protect precious democracy.

Terrifying changes to UK election law suppresses our democratic rights as the electorate. Each of these bills uses a legitimate and popular pretext as a cloak for more sinister intentions. All the local MPs and political parties must band together because it is too important for one community or one party to tackle. This is an assault on democracy as we know it.

  • Email your local MP
  • Spread by word of mouth
  • Register to vote
  • Join a political party
  • Sign the petition
  • Share on social media
  • Peaceful protest
  • Donate to the cause
  • Put up posters or hand out lefeats in your community
  • Speak with your local council and police 

Restrictions on our democratic rights

The Policing Bill

 The Policing Bill contains worthy reforms including longer sentences for domestic abuse, but this is baked into 312 pages of legislation that could see protesters jailed for a decade just for being too loud. And there we were thinking that getting heard is the entire point of protesting.

Alongside the insult of equating perpetrators of domestic abuse with noisy protesters, this government has quickly forgotten that it was the loud protesters of Hong Kong that alerted the world to their injustice. They spurred the UK into offering them an escape route from imprisonment simply for raising their voices

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The Elections Bill

The Elections Bill isn’t just about voter ID, clauses criminalise things that are fundamental to free and fair elections in the UK. It guts the role of the Electoral Commission and hands unprecedented powers around elections to ministers. It allows them to curtail whatever they call “campaigning”, 365 days before any election. As for preventing foreign interference in our elections, this bill makes it easier for tax exiles to make political donations, increasing the scope for dark money and vested interests to influence our elections.

Limits imposed on groups, unions, charities and individuals doing anything considered to be “intended to achieve a common purpose”. This is a phrase so open to interpretation that it could effectively exclude charities and voluntary groups from the electoral process and make it impossible for political parties with broad bases of support to organise effectively.
         
The bill means ministers can designate booking a meeting room as a criminal offence. This sounds trivial, and indeed it might have been designed that way, but it is a serious barrier to organising opposition that is vital to any democracy.

Nationality & Borders Bill

Nationality and Borders Bill which is being sold as a crackdown on abhorrent human traffickers. Instead, conflates criminals with innocent people fleeing war by outlawing the very act of claiming asylum, breaking with 70 years of international agreement between 145 countries, since the Geneva Convention of 1951.

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