March 20, 2006

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Wow, at last I need to create a blog to say something important. Not many people know about the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill proposed by the government as the media have been suspiciously quite about it (expecially the BBC). Some experts are calling this the "Abolition of Parliament Bill" as it essentially makes this country a totalitarianism big brother dictatorship. It allows the government to do the following:

  • Change and create almost any new laws without parliament.
  • Remove jury trial!!!
  • Change the structure of government, including the house of lords (on which we depend)
  • Put anyone under house arrest for no reason

If that is not clear enough then perhaps an example of that power should be given. They can arrest any kind of political protestors that disagree with the current government. They could make a law that removes free speech, so any political debate becomes illegal. They could change the way elections are run, even remove elections completely and make our country a dictatorship. No one would be guarenteed a fair trial. Doesn't sound very free to me, whats the point in protecting freedom by removing it.

If this is combined with ID cards then they can change the ID card law and impose all kinds of restrictions on what we can do. Other recent terror laws already remove many of our freedoms, but as long as we don't disagree with the government we have no problem. WHERE IS THE POLITICAL DEBATE!!!! Everyone who loves freedom of any kind needs to prevent this bill from getting through, so write to your MP!!! This Bill cannot be justified. This government has gone too far with this. The bigger question we should all ask is why they think this is needed and why the media are not interested in saying much about it. Can we trust a government that wants to become a dictator? Are the conservatives really any better than labour, if not then what hope is there for our so called democracy.

(This does not accurately reflect my true political views which are too "extreme" to make public).

Times article
Guardian article
Save Parliament

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  1. I haven't yet had a chance to look into this bill thoroughly, but it certainly looks extraordinary and worrying. It's been clear for some time that New Labour is uninterested in democracy, but this takes things to a whole new level.

    "This does not accurately reflect my true political views which are too "extreme" to make public."

    How intriguing. Care to elaborate? I guess you probably don't…

    20 Mar 2006, 21:16

  2. James

    Just to let you know, this bill has passed its third reading in the house of commons, with some more or less minor government amendments (NC26 prevents modification of part 1 of the bill). We will have to wait and see if the house of lords decides that further changes have to be made, before this bill becomes law.

    19 May 2006, 12:00

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