As anyone seen this , Unite’s response to the new Anti Lobbying Bill Anti Gagging Bill , Pathetic proposals as usual from this rotten Bureaucracy.
Stop the Gagging Bill
I am writing to you with some extremely alarming news.
On Tuesday the government voted on a Bill in Parliament that will effectively gag hundreds of charities, campaign groups, and civil society organisations, including trade unions, for a whole year in the run up to a General Election.
Despite some Tory and Lib-Dem MPs rebelling against the ‘Gagging’ Bill, and Labour opposing it, the Bill passed this crucial stage in Parliament and is on its way to becoming a law.
We must act now. Democracy itself is under attack. Find out more visit the stop the gagging bill website.
This ‘Gagging Bill’, is called in Parliament the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. It was meant to be an attempt to clean up politics and make it more transparent but has ended up restricting the way people can engage in politics.
If passed, the gagging law would have a major effect on our democracy. From next year this law would prevent non-politicians from speaking up on the everyday issues or the big decisions that affect us all.
Do you support fox hunting? Or oppose it? Do you want HS2 or are worried about it? Would you like more housing for everyone, or want to stop NHS privatisation? Would you like a free school, or a decent comprehensive? Do you want to support the poppy appeal, or armed forces veterans? Have you been on a demonstration against austerity, for pensions, or to save your local hospital?
This Bill will stop groups you care about campaigning and we have to do something about it.
Please visit the website to take urgent action against this alarming bill. You can also meet an MP, write to your MP, tweet, face book and sign up to the campaign as well. You can also urge your MP to show their opposition to the Bill by asking them to attend a photo call on Tuesday 10th September at 10am on College Green, Westminster.
Politics is too important to leave to politicians alone.
Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary