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The day democracy died

The 7th May was the ultimate paradox: millions of people chose a government that wishes to take away their rights. The Conservatives will rid citizens of their ability to seek redress against government wrongdoing through the repeal of the Human Rights Act. This act allows ordinary people to use local courts, rather than foreign ones. No other developed country sees reversing this as a priority. It is the act of a government more interested in protecting itself than its people.

The elderly couple who were reunited when placed in separate care homes by local authorities would now have to look elsewhere to assert their right to a family life. The victim who could express their feelings in open court towards their perpetrator could not claim such a right under a law that no longer exists.


And there is more.


Unhappy with how the Freedom of Information Act can embarrass the establishment, the Tories are now considering weakening that, too.


This government is thoroughly illegitimate, elected as it was with the consent of only 24% of the adult population (and only 37% of those who voted) through an electoral system that they have fought to maintain at the expense of virtually every other political party. Despite this, it has the temerity to propose a turnout requirement for strike ballots.


Just this morning, Home Secretary Theresa May was proposing a law that would limit "extreme expression" that undermined British values, but could not define what British values were. Perhaps they are whatever the government says they are, and thus such a law could be used to penalise the many groups opposed to it.


Just a week into Cameron’s Conservative Britain, and the government is already beginning to feel and sound like a regime.

 

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