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What is so wrong with our democracy that Labour wishes so ruthlessly to end it? April 5, 2006

Posted by bill111 in Politics.
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A good question, posed by Simon Heffer in his Telegraph opinion piece today. In the article, which focus around Lords reform and the consequences of the current trend of legislation being put through by Labour, Simon calls on Labour backbenchers to ask themselves;

"do they really want to hand to Mr Blair and his friends the power to make laws that have the status of despotic fiats? Would they be happy for a Conservative administration, if we ever have one again, to legislate in this way? Would they be happy for the House of Lords to have an entirely ornamental function, whether or not its members are partially or wholly elected? Or do they trust a combination of their own loyalists and the Prime Minister himself to make laws that not only bypass the Lords, but can, if necessary, bypass the Commons, too?"

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Comments

1. wajid - April 11, 2006

an utterly frightening situation…..what part of the world are we bloody living ??

2. Jon - April 13, 2006

Complete power!

Now once the Government has each of us numbered according to the National ID database, it will be able to follow our every movement in vehicles when their GPS-based “road charging” proposal goes ahead, and now they’ll be able to make up practically any bloody law they want!

I really do think we’re headed for an Orwellian nightmare.

Jon

3. Stephen Smith - April 14, 2006

A proposed bill that is shocking in purpose and hidden in deliberately boring jargonese.These proposals give government ministers ( at what level ) totally
unjustified powers and, ultimately, the prime minister most power. The safeguards are minimal, they are not ‘rigorous safeguards’.They are vague and only the minister needs to be satisfied that they provide safety. Delegation by the minister to individuals, of some of these powers, spreads the potential misuse to unelected individuals. Also these minimal safeguards can,logically, be scrapped.
These are proposals that could, at a stroke, smash over 800 years struggle for a free, democratic society. What would be the ‘point’ of having a parliament at all ? We would’nt need to look for voter apathy at all – just banish parliament
along with all MP’s ? All this under the pretence of streamlining adminstration
and reducing red-tape.
America ,and Britain, are always preaching about the virtues of democracy, so what sort of example does this bill send to non-democracies and the world in general.
This is the latest in a whole series of legislation that curtails the human rights and liberties of the British population The government’s back benchers have sleep walked so far, is’nt it about time they realised what has happened ?
There will be no forgiving if this Hitlerian’ Enabling Act’ is passed.

4. Ben - April 17, 2006

Nothing this Labour government comes up with surprises me.

1997 is when the end of democracy began in the UK.

5. corneilius - April 18, 2006

Is there a possibility that in preparation for a war against Iran (underway), with nuclear weapons, that the UK Government is attempting to place itself beyond the reach of disssent or accountability for such action, given the implications of this bill and the recent comments by government ministers that the Geneva Convention be updated or possibly even abrogated as it is inappropriate under current circumstances?

Given that there already is a low-level (as in no mushroom clouds or massive bangs) nuclear war underway in Iraq, and that that war has been declared illegal and therefore the patricipants in the decisions to engage in that war are liable, (though who will try them?) is this not a possibilty?

Or am I a paranoid fool? A fool I would gladly be, rather than right.

Yet the question remains.

6. Nico - April 20, 2006

I sometimes get the feeling that this government legislates for the sake of it. “Right, what shall we do next then?”
We don’t need this Bill. We don’t need any more “Wouldn’t it be a good idea if” Nanny state laws, regulations or red tape from this nightmare cabinet. We need less intrusive government. We need to preserve the constitutional and legislative institutions and safeguards that have served this country well for hundreds of years.
When I was at school many scores of years ago the British parliamentary system was held up as a model for enlightened, stable government. Who is Tony Blair to think that he knows better? He is just a tenant passing through, should drop the Robert Mugabe act and behave with a lot more humility as a PUBLIC SERVANT!

7. charioteer - May 2, 2006

Save Parliament and other campaigns are making a good job of telling people about the forces of tyranny that are taking advantage of public apathy. We must work together in our different ways to defeat this threat.
I believe myself that the long-term threat can best be met by getting to the root of the problem. We need to force the parties to restore proper representative democracy. MPs and councillors have to be able to hold the overmighty bureaucrats to account on our behalf. We have to be able to trust them to do this for us – in our interests, not those of the party machines.
Without in any way detracting from others’ efforts or distracting attention from any other campaign, I do urge everyone concerned about Britain’s democracy to look at the Voters Revolt website http://www.votersrevolt.org.uk. It offers a practical plan to make the main parties reform the political system and give more power back to the ordinary people of Britain.

8. kevin monaghan - May 9, 2006

this is becoming the most corrupt, incompetent and sinister government i have ever seen in this country. i only hope the people of this great country wake up before it is too late. It seems that the other parties have been castrated, or they are in collusion with whoever is determined to relieve us, the people of great britain, of our freedom. The so called “New Labour Party” bares no resemblance to the labour party I have known most of my life. The real labour party would never have led the country into a disastrous and unnecessary war. This prime minister should be tried for war crimes, as well as his crimes against the british people.


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