Category: free speech

The marginalisation of the House of Commons under Covid has been shocking; a year on, parliament’s role must urgently be restored

“A year ago today, the House of Commons returned from Easter transformed by Covid. Since then, accountability for far-reaching government policy and spending has often been limited, many MPs have been excluded from key virtual proceedings, and whips now hold over 500 proxy votes. ”

ANTI-LOCKDOWN March in March

Global fightback news – the London March in March

“I was there and saw it myself it was a great day today. Some very passionate people and busses were honking in support – some people stood through their sunroofs and cheered – today definitely sent a message to the police and our government we will not accept this and that there is a lot of us.”

openDemocracy: Now Boris and Gove know they can’t get away with it!

FOI Requests: “we pulled off something pretty unusual. After our journalism exposed a secretive government unit [see links below] accused of ‘blacklisting’ journalists and blocking ‘sensitive’ Freedom of Information requests, we got all the major UK newspapers to join us in a public demand to save our information rights…”

OpenDemocracy.net: Controversial ‘spy tech’ firm Palantir lands £23m NHS data deal

“We’re now assessing the grounds for a more ambitious legal challenge: to establish a precedent that will stop them ever doing this again.

From Freedom of Information failings to the blacklisting of journalists to the ‘chumocracy’ that has defined the chaotic, failing COVID response, the secrecy, cronyism and lack of accountability we’ve seen from the UK government this year cannot become the new normal. And we’re going to make sure it isn’t.”

Taylor Hudak Interview – The Political Persecution Of Julian Assange & The War On Journalism

“…one glaring fact that is regularly ignored, is the fact that the US government has gone after and arrested everyone involved with EXPOSING these US government war crimes – otherwise known as a whistleblower which is supposed to afford certain protections”

UK’s Big Brother Watch Produce Emergency Powers Report

A wave of emergency powers and extreme measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic have brought about the greatest loss of liberty in our country’s history. Extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures – but not an authoritarian surveillance state. Freedoms are too easily lost in the heat of crises – join us to protect them.