Free Speech under threat

JamTomorrow

Vital Youth Team
#1
Under the disguise of fixing lobbying, this Bill will crush democratic protest

There is no question that British democracy is at the mercy of wealthy and corporate interests, but the Lobbying Bill takes aim at our hard-won freedoms instead


Warnings of threats to democracy should be sparingly issued: they contain the risk of undermining an argument through hyperbole, of making us numb to genuine menaces. But be under no illusions: the Government’s catchily titled Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill is an audacious stab at many of our hard-won democratic freedoms. It does nothing to take on the corporate lobbyists who give Big Money its shady political clout, but it threatens to stifle the voices of charities, campaigners, trade unions and even blogs; to shut down rallies and demonstrations; and to prevent groups such as Hope Not Hate from taking on the poison of organised racism.


To read more

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/owen-jones-under-the-disguise-of-fixing-lobbying-this-bill-will-crush-democratic-protest-8793224.html



 

The Fear

A Wise Man (once sat next to him)
#3
Free speech I think always is under threat and I'm not totally sure people seem that bothered (which amazes me)

Running this network is an education in what I think should happen (you say what you think and live/die by your thoughts/beliefs ... within reason) and what the pc brigade allow

The amount of people that get offended on others behalf amaze me also.

Not totally related but hey ho, there is my two pennies worth for now!
 

The Fear

A Wise Man (once sat next to him)
#8
Badge hates champagne and if it isn't in the daily mail, it isn't fact.






(Only joking badge, honest!)
 

badge73

Vital 1st Team Regular
#9
JamTomorrow - 4/9/2013 01:39

badge73 - 3/9/2013 11:15

i find the author of the article a bit of a knob and champagne socialist ....


So the fact they are pushing for this should be ignored? I fail to see the logic.
the only ones up in arms about it are the trade unions puppets, who absolutely hate democracy and freedom of speech.
 

badge73

Vital 1st Team Regular
#10
The Fear - 4/9/2013 14:12

Badge hates champagne and if it isn't in the daily mail, it isn't fact.






(Only joking badge, honest!)
quite correct :14: champagne is only plonk put through a soda stream and sold for stupid amounts .... to the stupid.