Quite a while back I wrote about the crime and policing bill, this horrendous piece of legislation has finally reached the Lords. None of the political parties sitting in Westminster are kicking up much of a fuss, although some amendments have been tabled, despite this bit of the mainstream media are finally starting to notice what a colossal pile of authoritarian shit the bill is. Even Mr Monbiot has decide its a bad thing – which tells you just how truly awful it is, as the Guardian usually quite likes handing the state more power to ban things.
The good news is that our unelected Lords that so many people seem to be in a hurry to get rid of are putting up more resistance than our elected representatives. It’s rather telling that we so often depend upon such an undemocratic body to defend our liberties from those we elect. As Archbishop Cranmer observes:
“It beggars belief that the Government which (finally) amended Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, thereby restoring the right to be “insulting”, should now seek to outlaw “annoyance”.”
If you find the proposed law as abhorrent as I do there is a bit you can do, in the first case obviously write to your MP, but there are are also two petitions against this bill one on
E-gov the other with 38 Degrees. Finally there is also the Reform Clause 1 campaign.