Excellent – glad to see more people are paying attention to these vitally important issues.
- Today I have emailed my MP protesting against proposals for Secret Courts, urging him not to support calls for the repeal of the Human Rights act, and calling on him to reject the Lords’ amendment to the Libel Reform bill in favour of the original version approved by the House of Commons.
Following a suggestion from friendly twitter chap Richard Ellis, I have also emailed my local district and county councillors as follows (you can do the same – the more pressure points the better):
I know that local councillors are not responsible for the actions of MPs and Lords. However, please may I ask you (as my local councillors) to put pressure on your party colleagues (present and former) in parliament, particularly those in government:
- to reject Ken Clarke’s illiberal proposals for unjust secret courts
- to listen to Dominic Grieves when it comes to reform of the Human Rights Act and to reject Chris Grayling’s apparent idea that we should repeal it outright
- to reject the latest Lord’s amendment to the Libel Reform bill (introducing Leveson by the back door without proper debate) and ensure the bill passes in the form originally approved by the House of Commons.
I will be paying particular attention to all these issues.
I am not sure what they will make of this letter but it is worth a try – if only to make the point that, if they want my vote they are going to have to adopt a more liberal attitude.
Just a quick note to say that yesterday, in the furore surrounding the Conservative Party potentially threatening to take the UK out of the European Court of Human Rights and Angela Patrick’s post on secret trials, the UK Human Rights Blog surpassed an all-time total of two million hits.
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Sorry about the weird formatting – couldn’t get line breaks in the original – had to insert the blocky looking bullets (sure there is a technical term but I don’t know it).