Posts under ‘Civil Liberties’

Britain First: cynical Islamophobia on the telly

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

A documentary about Britain’s First virtual fascist group, Britain First? Why ever not. With UKIP commanding four million votes at the general election, the press stuffed with xenophobic bullshit as per, and the woman who would lead the Tories pitching herself as Nigel Farage’s successor, a little package shedding light on a tiny and utterly marginal […]

Corbyn’s Labour will stop the Tories abusing liberty, removing rights and cutting living standards

by Grahame Morris.

An effective, credible and principled opposition has never been needed more. The Cameron Government have resumed their assault on working people in the Commons this week. The Trade Union Bill seeks to remove the democratic rights of working people and has been condemned by human rights organisations including Liberty, Amnesty International UK and the British Institute […]

Hypocrisy of the Tory “workers’ party”: making it impossible to strike

by Michael Meacher.

Strike action, fox hunting, the BBC, Europe, migrant benefits – never underestimate the Tory capacity to identify things that aren’t problems and then attack them. The number of days lost to strike action is on average less than a tenth of what it was during the 1980s. It’s not even as though strikes are constant […]

Exposing corporate hypocrites

by Andy Newman.

A key concept in modern marketing is that of Brand Promise: the commitments made by a company that seek to align it to the expectations and preferences of its target market, to provide competitive advantage. In particular, some companies seek to position themselves as “ethical”, whether in relation to avoiding controversial business sectors, such as […]

How can we resist the Trade Union Bill?

by Keith Ewing and John Hendy.

Trade unionists met at the NUT’s Mander Hall in central London last week, united in their fury about Tory attacks on their civil liberties. What is at stake is an attempt to silence the trade union political voice and to emasculate its industrial power. Neither will succeed — trade unions are too important and their support […]

Orgreave – the IPPC and DPP are not fit for purpose

by Michael Meacher.

Accountability in Britain has reached a new nadir today. The report that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC) refuses to investigate claims of police criminality at the mass picket at Orgreave during the 1984-5 miners’ strike really stinks. They have already found evidence that police officers assaulted miners and then perverted the course of justice, […]

Tory Trade Union bill is an attack on a fundamental human right

by Michael Meacher.

Under the Tories’ proposed new law, strike ballots would need a 50% turnout for industrial action to be legal. But in the case of ‘essential’ public services – health, education, transport and fire services – 40% of those voting have to have voted in favour. In other words, 80% which is the combination of the […]

Governance deficit – the burning issue entirely absent from the Queen’s Speech

by Michael Meacher.

Three related things became apparent on the day of the Queen’s Speech which show what is seriously wrong in the running of this country, but which got not a peep in the government’s legislative programme. They all relate to the key issue of governance in each area where the deficit of accountability is greatest – […]

Who will speak for those who lack any meaningful political voice?

by Michael Meacher.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the election a few weeks ago was the large and rising number of voters who felt disenfranchised and voiceless. Not only those who felt abandoned by Labour in Scotland, nor even the 9% who deserted the main parties to vote for UKIP, but the untold hundreds of thousands […]

Human rights will shatter the myth that Cameron is in control of the UK’s destiny

by Michael Meacher.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will be central to Tory planning for the EU referendum. The Tory manifesto gave a clear commitment to scrap the 1998 Human Right Act (HRA) and curtail the role of the European Court of Human Rights. It seems likely that there will be a measure paving the way […]

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