Intro by Jon Davy
Even the corporate media is getting wise to the subversive clique that hijacked our democracy and is starting to break ranks with Boris and his team of nation wreckers and side with the People, if the following piece that appeared in yesterday’s Metro is anything to go by.
I would be good to see more of this from the corporate media: the editors, journalists, broadcasters and so forth can do much, if they are of mind to help their country, to save it from the creeping tyranny in which Boris and his henchmen specialise.
Boris Johnson is a creeping dictator – we need to stop him in his tracks
by Dawn Butler M.P.
When I look at his record, I have come to the scary conclusion that Boris Johnson is a creeping dictator.
This Government has form for making major announcements during parliamentary recess periods.
Last week, an official Government document confirmed that Covid passports are ‘likely to become a feature of our lives’ while a national scheme is being drawn up for possible use to access nightclubs, theatres, festivals and sporting events.
Nobody voted for this – neither the wider public or MPs. The House of Commons is unable to sit and debate during recess. By making an announcement this way, Boris Johnson has ensured that there is no political avenue to question him or his ministers.
Another blatant act to avoid democratic scrutiny.
I have joined over 70 cross-party MPs in signing a pledge against Covid passports, which we believe would be divisive and discriminatory. No decision to restrict people’s freedom should be taken without the consent of elected representatives in Parliament. That’s so basic in our democracy.
The shocking truth is, this announcement about vaccine passports is the latest in a long line of examples of this Government wanting to hoard more and more powers for themselves, restrict people’s freedom, and avoid proper scrutiny and accountability.
One definition of dictatorship is a ‘form of government in which one person or a small group possesses absolute power without effective constitutional limitations’. When I look at his record, I have come to the scary conclusion that Boris Johnson is a creeping dictator.
Let’s go back to Brexit: remember when the Government tried to prorogue Parliament so Boris and just a few of his ministers could make decisions in private that affect us all? It took the Supreme Court to overrule that decision.
That decision was found to be unlawful as it ‘had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions’.
Remember when the Government tried to prorogue Parliament so Boris and just a few of his ministers could make decisions in private that affect us all? The Tories appeared so upset that they went on to give themselves ‘Henry VIII powers’ to limit the powers of the courts and hand ministers significant latitude to change the law without having to pass fresh legislation, a 2020 peer report found when analysing constitutional issues over Brexit legislation.
Where legislation has been passed it has only strengthened the Tories unfettered powers. There are some very concerning parts of the Government’s Coronavirus Act 2020. This Act contained sweeping, unaccountable powers, including Schedule 21 giving the Police the power to detain anyone who is ‘potentially infectious’. As Covid-19 can be asymptomatic it means that we are all potentially infectious!
This act should not have been renewed. As of February, every single prosecution under the Act has since been found unlawful. So why is it still on the statute books?
This is why I worked with Liberty to produce my Coronavirus (No2) Bill, based on scientific SAGE advice and lessons learned from the pandemic. If this is really about getting through this pandemic, let’s learn the lessons.
The fact that the Government’s Coronavirus Act does not acknowledge what we’ve learned over the last 12 months should give us all cause for worry. The recent Police Bill, which included draconian powers on where, when and how people can protest, is another example of the Government wanting to restrict people’s freedom.
You can protest as long as it is not too loud! Do you think the Suffragettes would have achieved anything if they protested quietly? The public never voted to have their right to protest restricted or their voices silenced.
The additional powers to the police and security services didn’t stop there, as the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill will effectively allow security services, police and others to authorise serious prior criminal activity.
This Government is intent on trying to silence people All this is happening in plain sight and it is worrying. I voted against the renewal of the Coronavirus Act twice, I voted against the Police Bill as it threatens to erode our democratic rights and stifles freedom of expression, and I voted against the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill – I believed it needed much stronger safeguards to protect our civil liberties and our democracy.
This Government is intent on trying to silence people. Recently, the Government released the controversial Race Report. This should have been laid before Parliament for a proper debate and scrutiny, not during recess. Its findings attempt to gaslight Black, Asian and minority ethnic people about their experiences and MPs should have had the opportunity to debate it properly.
Instead, my timeline is inundated with trolls saying ‘See, there is no racism’ and ‘stop the victim mentality’. How ridiculous is that?
Part of the report says: ‘There is a new story about the Caribbean experience which speaks to the slave period not only being about profit and suffering but how culturally African people transformed themselves into a re-modelled African/Britain.’ There is a positive side to slavery? Forget the rape, torture and brutal killing of innocent people, or the snatching away of children from their mother’s arms, forget that. Would that be said about any other genocide, holocaust, or brutality?
Why distract people with national gaslighting? Well, many were appalled when a court ruling found that Matt Hancock acted unlawfully when his department failed to reveal details of contracts signed during the pandemic. The judge said the public deserves to know where the money has been spent and I agree. But don’t take notice of that, let’s talk about flags instead. The country is being played.
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