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TOPIC: End of free speech in the UK

End of free speech in the UK 29 Jan 2014 22:25 #1

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Rather more significant than dreary old Sylvia Stolz wishing Hitler won the war methinks.
It’s farewell to your centuries-old right to free speech today, after your Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs won their bid to get the Gagging Bill passed by the House of Lords. It won’t go back to the Commons because the Lords made no amendments.

While you, personally, will be allowed to continue complaining about anything you want, you will no longer have the ability to link up with others to protest government actions in any meaningful way as such action may breach Liberal Democrat and Tory government-imposed spending limits. Your personal complaints will be deemed unrepresentative of the people.

You will still be able to have your e-petition on the government’s website – if you win enough signatures to have it debated in Parliament – ignored by the Tories and Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons.

The Liberal Democrats and Tories have even managed to rub salt into the wound by creating a register of all the corporate lackeys who will still be able to influence their policies – freelance lobbyists employed by large companies for the specific purpose of swaying government policy. Lobbyists who are company employees will not be listed as the government says their purposes for meeting MPs should be obvious.

This means the new law will do nothing to restrict the power of corporations to write government policy or prevent lobbying scandals such as those involving former Tory MP Patrick Mercer, along with Tories Peter Cruddas and Liam Fox.

The new law protects in-house corporate lobbying operations from official scrutiny, while preventing the public from enjoying the same privileges of access to the government. That is what your Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs have fought so assiduously to obtain, over the eight months or so that this legislation, “one of the worst… any government produce[d] in a very long time”, has spent being digested by Parliament.

In a Commons debate in September, Glenda Jackson MP warned that her constituents “know that the Bill… would prevent democratic voices from being heard”.

In response, Andrew Lansley – the Conservative who gave us the hated Health and Social Care Act 2012, another incredibly poor piece of legislation – said; “I look forward to the Honourable Lady having an opportunity… to go back to her constituents, to tell them that the things they are alarmed about will not happen.”

They have happened already. Within 24 hours of the Lords agreeing the Bill in its current form, at least one parody account on Twitter, that was critical of Coalition policies, was closed down: @UKJCP – a satirical account parodying the DWP.

@UKJCP immediately resurrected itself as @DeadParrotJCP and @Director_UKJCP. We’ll see how long they last.

Let us not forget, also, that the third part of this law cracks down on trade unions, enforcing strict rules on membership records to ensure, it seems, that it is possible to ‘blacklist’ any trade unionist who finds him- or herself seeking work.

With free speech flushed away, you may still resort to public protest – but the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has that covered.

ACPO, which is funded by the Home Office, is lobbying the government for permission to use water cannons on the streets of the UK. This would be of no use at all in quelling violent criminal activities like the riots in 2011 – the police chiefs have already admitted that water cannons would have been ineffective in halting the “fast, agile disorder” and “dynamic looting” that took place during August 2011.

ACPO is an organisation that has tried to put ‘agent provocateurs’ into legitimate protest groups and promoted ‘kettling’ to stop peaceful protests (as used in the student protests early in the current Parliament), among many other reprehensible activities.

Considering its track record, it seems clear that ACPO wants to use water cannons against legitimate political protests, on the assumption that the increasing imposition of ideologically-imposed austerity on the country by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives will lead to more political protests, as people across the UK finally realise that the Tories and their corporate lobbyist friends are actually working against the wider population.

ACPO’s report on water cannons makes it clear that “it would be fair to assume that the ongoing and potential future austerity measures are likely to lead to continued protest” and “the mere presence of water cannon can have a deterrent effect”.

The Home Office response? “We are keen to ensure forces have the tools and powers they need to maintain order on our streets. We are currently providing advice to the police on the authorisation process as they build the case for the use of water cannon.”

So there you have it. Take to the streets in peaceful protest and your police service will assault you with water cannons, with the blessing of your government.

There remains one option open to you – your vote. You could get rid of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats at the next general election in 2015.

But that leads us to ask why the government has launched its attack on free speech and free protest.

Perhaps it wants to control the information you receive, on which you base your voting intentions?

We already know the unelected Conservative and Liberal Democrat government is using the predominantly right-wing media for this purpose. For example: George Osborne made a great deal of fuss earlier this week, alleging a huge resurgence in the British economy. With help from Tory mouthpiece the BBC, he was able to put out the headline figure that the economy grew by 1.9 per cent in 2013 - its strongest rate since 2007.

Osborne also claimed that Britain is doing better than all comparable economies in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and that the upturn is due to his imbecilic “expansionary fiscal contraction” policy, otherwise known as austerity.

All of these claims are false, or intended to create a false impression.

Firstly, his 1.9 per cent of growth started at a much lower level of output than would have been the case if Osborne had not imposed austerity on us all and stopped the 2010 recovery dead. GDP would now be 20 per cent higher than its current levels if not for this single act of stupidity from the stupidest Chancellor in British history.

Secondly: The US economy recovered from an eight per cent fall after 2008 to a five per cent rise above its previous peak by the third quarter of 2013. Germany is the only major European country to enjoy growth of two per cent or higher, after an initial recovery based on increased public expenditure – not austerity. Even France has nearly reached its pre-crisis peak. The UK remains two per cent below its previous economic peak.

Finally, Osborne did not even get to this miserable excuse for a recovery by imposing austerity. He quietly adopted a stimulus policy to avoid going back into recession. What do you think ‘Funding for Lending’ is? Or his mortgage guarantee scheme?

All this is clarified by Michael Meacher MP in his own blog.

If George Osborne, Home Secretary Theresa May, ACPO and the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition in Parliament had their way, you would not have access to any of these facts.

You would be led to believe that the governments policies are working, exactly the way the government says they are working.

You would not have any reason to believe that the government is lying to you on a daily basis.

You would be tranquillised.

Anaesthetised.

Compliant.

Would you vote against a government that tells you such wonderful things, even when your own circumstances might not reflect that story (real wages fell by seven per cent in the private sector and five per cent in the public sector between 2007-13)?

David Cameron is betting his career that you won’t.

He wants you to be a good little sheep.

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End of free speech in the UK 29 Jan 2014 22:30 #2

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The public will realise when it's too late, and they've been spending their lives glued to smartphones instead of waking up to the nightmare being planned.

What happens next is anyone's guess. If the shit hits the fans, and all hell breaks out, then you can only say the government have asked for it.

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End of free speech in the UK 29 Jan 2014 22:55 #3

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Ukraine have had to abolish theirs... just goes to show, even though we know it's Soros funded, this peaceful protest that all these gurus go on about seems to matter for nothing, look at the peaceful anti Iraq war protests, or the peaceful protests that just get kettled... compared to full on organised riots with demonstrators getting kit on and forcing Prime Ministers to resign and laws to be repealed.

Peaceful protest gets peacefully ignored by the looks of it, it's only when people look like they will be hanging the politicians that something seems to get done.

I am in no way condoning violence of any sort, thats pure aggression, but defensive force... that's another matter all together.
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End of free speech in the UK 29 Jan 2014 23:42 #4

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Paul Tootall wrote:
Ukraine have had to abolish theirs... just goes to show, even though we know it's Soros funded, this peaceful protest that all these gurus go on about seems to matter for nothing, look at the peaceful anti Iraq war protests, or the peaceful protests that just get kettled... compared to full on organised riots with demonstrators getting kit on and forcing Prime Ministers to resign and laws to be repealed.

Peaceful protest gets peacefully ignored by the looks of it, it's only when people look like they will be hanging the politicians that something seems to get done.

I am in no way condoning violence of any sort, thats pure aggression, but defensive force... that's another matter all together.

There is another way.

The biggest fear they have is people organising themselves and telling them to simply fuck off. They pitch themselves as the most important, but really they're the least important. They're parasites. We do all the actual work. We serve their drinks, we chauffeur them around, we build their private jets. That's why trades unions had to be reduced to the farce they are today.
They trick us into thinking we need them. We don't. They need us.
If people could organise themselves sufficiently to just down tools and refuse to listen to them that would be that. The police can quell a riot. They cannot drive the trains and the buses and man the call centres. The bankers can push as many digits around a computer screen they like - it's not going to fix the clutch on their Ferrari for them. And it's us who build their computers in the first place. And fix them when they go wrong, or deliver a new one.
Organised labour is the thing they fear the most because our labour is what keeps the whole thing going. But they've engineered it to the extent we're shit scared of not having any of their labour to perform because we're then rummaging in skips after our benefits then get sanctioned. The whole edifice hinges on us working for them, however unwillingly we do it.
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End of free speech in the UK 30 Jan 2014 07:38 #5

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Chuck... it will never happen the way you have written. People these days as so dumbed down and in their own little bubbles, idstracted by the TV and the Celeb culture. It would need some kind of tectonic shift for the people of the UK to wake up and rise en mass and do something like that. They will just sit back... and do nothing.
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End of free speech in the UK 30 Jan 2014 17:40 #6

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Paul Tootall wrote:
Chuck... it will never happen the way you have written. People these days as so dumbed down and in their own little bubbles, idstracted by the TV and the Celeb culture. It would need some kind of tectonic shift for the people of the UK to wake up and rise en mass and do something like that. They will just sit back... and do nothing.

You may well be right. But is that not also an excuse to sit there doing nothing while blaming everybody else for doing nothing? You can't blame the population's tectonic inertia until you've given population fracking a good go for yourself surely?

Ask not what your rulers can do to fuck you up, ask how you can fuck up your rulers.

Thinking you're helpless and incapable of doing anything so there's no point is IMO no different from lying on your sofa watching Strictly Come Dancing. It's what they want you to think.

Remember you're British (assuming you are).

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End of free speech in the UK 31 Jan 2014 04:53 #7

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Intensely depressing news so thanks chuck you managed to cheer me up.

Ask not what your rulers can do to fuck you up, ask how you can fuck up your rulers.

Thinking you're helpless and incapable of doing anything so there's no point is IMO no different from lying on your sofa watching Strictly Come Dancing. It's what they want you to think.

Remember you're British (assuming you are).

Genuine insurrection cannot be legislated against , the more hateful this institution gets the more the public wakes up. The Establishment is playing a very dangerous game. IDS comparing his benefits pogrom to the struggle against slavery, Gove rewriting ww1, Edwina (Icke's pal) saying foodbanks encourage poverty. Rather than me say stop it no please continue I want you keep repulsing good people disgusting people alienating people... Please go too far. I want you too. We have 64 million people waiting to fill 640 job vacancies we just have to vacate you parasites first. So please do go on.
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End of free speech in the UK 05 Feb 2014 18:16 #8

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Baddoggydown wrote:

Genuine insurrection cannot be legislated against , the more hateful this institution gets the more the public wakes up. The Establishment is playing a very dangerous game. IDS comparing his benefits pogrom to the struggle against slavery, Gove rewriting ww1, Edwina (Icke's pal) saying foodbanks encourage poverty. Rather than me say stop it no please continue I want you keep repulsing good people disgusting people alienating people... Please go too far. I want you too. We have 64 million people waiting to fill 640 job vacancies we just have to vacate you parasites first. So please do go on.

It's as if they are deliberately pushing the boundaries. Oblivious to a backlash? Or wanting to instigate rebellion- in order to bring in 'appropriate measures' - for our safety and protection - of course :roll:

- leading beyond authority? Common Purpose?

Now there's another can of worms 'Charity.'...............
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