Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Save Parliament!

Back in February, I wrote about the Legislative & Regulatory Reform Bill.

It is something I think everyone should be concerned about, never mind the deliberately boring title, this is A Very Bad Thing. Do you want Ministers to be able to...

create a new offence of incitement to religious hatred, punishable with two years’ imprisonment;
curtail or abolish jury trial;
permit the Home Secretary to place citizens under house arrest;
allow the Prime Minister to sack judges;
rewrite the law on nationality and immigration;
“reform” Magna Carta (or what remains of it)... Ministerial order, without involving Parliament? No debate, just because the Executive say so? No representatives of your views to challenge the above?

No, nor do I.

See Save Parliament website for what the LRRB is, and how to fight it. ( By writing letters, not rioting in the streets, phew) and see Justin for a snappy and easy to read but FRIGHTENING explanation of what's going on. And see here for the original site against the Bill.
And see Tim, who has a very good post on it.
And so has Davide, go see, read it and weep. No, don't weep, write to your M.P and make a fuss.

Or if you are not in Rupert's camp vis a vis us upstart bloggers ( we are the future, you know) then here is what the dead tree lot have to say...

Media Links:
How I woke up to a nightmare plot to steal centuries of law and liberty
The Times: February 15, 2006
Government seeks to pass laws without Parliament's approval
The Guardian: February 15, 2006
Legislative Reform
The Times: February 16, 2006
Who wants the Abolition of Parliament Bill?
The Times: February 21, 2006
Reform bill could 'sweep away parliamentary debate'
The Guardian: February 22, 2006
Fears raised on ministers' power
BBC News: February 22, 2006
From red tape to carte blanche
Daily Mail: February 23, 2006
MPs need a veto
The Guardian: February 27, 2006
Another blow to Parliament?
The Times: February 28, 2006
Bit fishy to blame apathy on voters
The Edinburgh Evening News: March 3, 2006
How we move ever closer to becoming a totalitarian state
The Observer: March 5, 2006
Now we can all make laws (if our faces fit)
The Independent: March 10, 2006
A Doomsday Machine for Parliament
The Telegraph: March 13, 2006
The Bill that could turn this country into a dictatorship
Daily Mail: March 13, 2006
MSPs concerned over power rise bill
The Scotsman: March 14, 2006


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out -

Apparently they need the ability to arbitarily revoke the independence of Australia, Canada and about half the rest of the Commonwealth. No, literally true.

The Anon

March 16, 2006 9:39 am  

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