Lords cave in on undemocratic Tory laws ahead of closure of Parliament

Have you got your ID? If not, you won’t be able to vote in Parliamentary elections across the UK or local elections in England after the Tory government succeeded in restricting the number of people allowed to exercise their democratic right, affecting millions of people. Are you among those targeted by this?

A mass of undemocratic and despotic new laws are to come into being after cowardly Lords gave up their opposition to corrupt Tory government plans.

The Nationality and Borders Bill is to receive Royal Assent after peers gave up their principles.

It means Priti Patel’s plan to send asylum-seekers to live in Rwanda, rather than the UK, will be put into practice just as soon as she can get all the mechanisms in place, and never mind that it costs more than sending these people to live at the Ritz.

It will also become a criminal offence to knowingly arrive in the UK illegally. This is hugely contentious because Patel has closed down all legal routes for asylum-seekers to enter the UK. The daughter of refugees herself, she has literally pulled up the ladder behind her, as the saying goes.

Fortunately, it seems other organisations have more backbone than the Lords. According to the BBC,

More than 200 organisations, including Oxfam and Save the Children, said they would challenge its outcomes, calling it “anti-refugee”.

The Elections Bill has been passed by both Houses of Parliament, meaning the Tory government will be able to restrict whether you are allowed to vote or not, based on whether you have a particular form of photographic identification. Millions of people don’t.

Meanwhile, the 15-year limit on rich UK citizens living abroad being allowed to vote will be scrapped.

The undemocratic upshot of these two measures will be that it will be much easier for people living overseas to vote – and without any barriers like photo ID, while it will be much harder for domestic citizens to do the same.

The Tory government is also seizing control of the Electoral Commission, meaning oversight of the way electoral law is administered will no longer be independent and your corrupt government will be able to twist the way elections are run in order to suit itself.

Finally, a bid to deprive even more people of access to justice has been passed: the Judicial Review and Courts Bill will stop the funding of bereaved families’ legal representation at inquests involving public bodies. If This Writer understands correctly, it means that if somebody dies because of a failure by such an organisation, their families will be unable to seek justice from those responsible unless they are independently wealthy (which seems unlikely).

Parliament is being prorogued today (Thursday, April 28), having been back in session for only a matter of days after the Easter break. It will not meet again until May 10, when a new session will begin with a Queen’s Speech laying out Boris Johnson’s plans for the following year or so.

Some legislation has been carried over to the new Parliamentary session, including the long-awaited and controversial Online Safety Bill, which will seek to criminalise certain abusive and antisocial behaviours on the Internet and regulate online companies in line with those measures.

The big surprise for many people must be the silence from Opposition leader Keir Starmer. He should be trumpeting that a Labour government will reverse the corrupt and undemocratic measures in these new laws but instead it seems he supports them.

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  1. James April 28, 2022 at 11:35 am - Reply

    “Meanwhile, the 15-year limit on rich UK citizens living abroad being allowed to vote will be scrapped.” I live abroad and I’m decidedly a long way from rich!!!

    • Mike Sivier April 28, 2022 at 11:39 am - Reply

      There’s always an exception!

      The aim of the legislation is to allow rich Tory voters to carry on voting Tory beyond the previous legal time limit, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

  2. Hecuba April 28, 2022 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Just one remaining piece of legislation to be passed by the fascist tories and that is the bill making it illegal for us peasants to demonstrate peacefully! When this legislation is passed little england will be a fascist dictatorship!

    So fake elections will be used to ensure the fascist tories retain their dictatorship because the Electoral Commission is now owned and controlled by the fascist tories. No one is safe from being deported because the fascist tories will claim ‘they arrived illegally and/or they cannot prove they are UK citizens!

    Now unscrupulous and criminal public and private organisations can do whatever they wish because whenever systemic criminal acts such as the Grenfell scandal happens, relatives will no longer be allowed to hold these criminals to account! Fascist tories delighted because this gives them right to trample on our rights with no accountability whatsoever!

    Utterly shameful of the Lords and Ladies sitting in their cushioned seating area within the House of Lords to allow these blatant fascist tories to win and ensure their dictatorship is being maintained!

  3. mohandeer April 28, 2022 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    My question is why Rwanda? It will cause all kinds of problems for the Rwandan people which is probably the answer to my own question, given the propensity for US foreign policy to promote instability in countries that they hope to plunder. I feel sorry for both the Rwandan people and needless to say the refugees, for which life so far has probably been a living hell.

  4. jake April 28, 2022 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    If you don’t have state sanctioned Photo ID you can’t get a bank account, a job, somewhere to live…a life! Why is this not considered a bigger story than not being able to vote? I’m sure most of us have died on the streets because of it….and talking about it gets you @$$ r@ped in mental prison, amongst other things!

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