The Tories aren’t happy with all the power they’ve given the police to stamp on your right to protest.
They reckon the interpretation of ‘serious disruption’ of other people’s day-to-day activities, as described in the Public Order Act, should be changed to mean ‘anything more than minor’.
But instead of seeking a democratic vote on this potentially wide-ranging and serious change, Rishi Sunak’s gang of bandits want to impose it by ‘Ministerial decree’ – basically, by the Home Secretary saying she’s changing it unilaterally – like a dictator.
It’s the first time ever that a government has used what’s known as secondary legislation to overturn the democratic will of Parliament.
Green Party Baroness Jenny Jones isn’t having it. She has tabled a ‘fatal motion’ against it.
Mark the date – 13th June.
This fatal motion MUST pass to prevent the government overriding parliamentary sovereignty.
Irrespective of your political colour, this really matters.https://t.co/eXL3RnWeBk
— John West 🕯💙🇺🇦 (@JohnWest_JAWS) May 29, 2023
Here’s Peter Stefanovic to explain the gravity of the situation in more detail:
GB news won’t be reporting this make or break moment for parliamentary democracy but we will. We may not have their millionaire backers but are doing our best to get the facts to the country. If you are with us RT & follow. Let’s do this TOGETHER
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) May 30, 2023
See also Damo’s YouTube clip on the same subject:
Let’s highlight a couple of points:
The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has drawn ‘special attention’ to the change. The committee’s report stated: “As well as not justifying the substance of the provisions, the Home Office has not provided any reasons for bringing the measures back in the form of secondary legislation, which is subject to less scrutiny, so soon after they were rejected in primary legislation... We believe this raises possible constitutional issues that the House may wish to consider.”
Damo also mentioned the response from Keir Starmer’s Labour, which was whipped to abstain on the original legislation. It has tabled a ‘motion of regret’ – that won’t actually have any effect at all on what Suella Braverman wants to do.
Trade union – and indeed any other – backers should reconsider funding that party from this moment forward.
Baroness Jones has this to say:
The #PublicOrderAct has passed, but something the Lords rejected, as too extreme, has been brought back by the Tory Govt in a less visible way. It's sneaky. It's cheating. No Govt has ever attempted it before. We must stop them. https://t.co/gbLYvZZjWd
— Jenny Jones (@GreenJennyJones) May 29, 2023
The last time the Lords passed a ‘fatal motion’ was 2015 – and it provoked a small constitutional crisis.
But – while you’re contacting your MP and the peer of your choice to demand support for this one, remember there is no point in having Parliament if a Minister can just ignore the outcome of debates and votes by imposing draconian laws on the public.
If this motion fails, we might as well give up and accept that the UK has finally become a right-wing dictatorship.