Posted by: Will Rhodes
More and more are beginning to see the light – thank God!
Now, to begin – why would you add legislation to other legislation to get it through parliament with no one reading it? Is that a democracy or a country with a parliament that is about to abuse its very power?
The latter stands out to me.
[L]aws, published yesterday, were among a string of measures that amounted to a “terrifying” assault on traditional freedoms.
Proposals in the Coroners and Justice Bill include measures to authorise ministers to move huge amounts of data between government departments and other agencies and public bodies. Bodies that hold personal information include local councils, the DVLA, benefits offices and HM Revenue and Customs.
The Bill will allow ministers to use data-sharing orders to overturn strict rules that require information to be used only for the purpose it was taken. But it places no limit on the information that could eventually be shared between public bodies, potentially allowing vast amounts of personal data to be shared by officials across Whitehall, agencies or other public bodies.
Why would a government do that?
No public consultation, no debate in the Commons, no vote by MPs. Not what you would think was representation of the people, now is it?
Nick Herbert, the shadow Justice Secretary, added: “This government has shown a cavalier attitude to the security of personal data. There must be proper safeguards for any measures which will enable ministers, with minimal parliamentary scrutiny, to allow sensitive information to be exchanged without barriers when it may have been collected for an unrelated purpose.”
That is the Conservative party speak for “We will not overturn this legislation if we get into power, but we may look at it and see if it is possible to keep it safer – and if not it will stay the same”.
Yet – they won’t tell you that, they will just attack the government proposals until it become law and is enacted.
This is not the Britain I knew – and it isn’t the people I knew either – I cannot see why the newspapers are not taking this as serious as it is – incompetence of the current government or simply a matter that they secretly agree with them. The journos do realise that their information will be on that database, no? Not only that – when all those phone calls are recorded and emails kept – that will include all their correspondence – including who is giving them their scoops on government scandals?
They do know this right?
What then the freedom of the press?
Erosion of civil liberties: A call to arms
Senior figures in British public life are launching a “call to arms” to highlight the erosion of historic civil liberties.
These campaigners, who include the former director of public prosecutions Sir Ken MacDonald, the former attorney general Lord Goldsmith, as well as the musician Brian Eno and the author Philip Pullman, are backing a series of events to coincide with a major civil rights convention in London next month, at which they will speak. Organisers expect 1,000 people to attend the Convention on Modern Liberty, at which other speakers will include Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, Dominic Grieve, the shadow Home Secretary, David Davis, the campaigning Tory MP, and Lord Bingham, the former law lord.
Organisers of the event, at the Institute of Education, including the TUC and the rights group Liberty, said Britain could become “a new kind of police state”. And yesterday, the journalist Henry Porter, one of the organisers, said: “This is a call to arms,” and he warned of “the constant moves to a database state and threats to an individual”. He added: “This is thoroughly dangerous.” Baroness Helena Kennedy, the human rights lawyer, said: “We are seeing ways in which our system of law and the protections we have as citizens are slowly but surely being undermined. Liberty is being eroded for all of us.”
The TUC (Trade Union Congress) the ruling body of Trade Uions in the UK? Well, the Labour Party gets a lot of funding from them – so they should say they are pulling the funding!
This was always a draconian act – it is now time for anyone who can get the word out to get it out and explain what this all means to the British people.
And when you vote in the next election – vote LibDem!