Justice and Security Bill amendments dropped while we weren’t looking

February 11, 2013 5 Comments
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Don’t know if anyone plans to tackle this one or not.

Though those of us on one side of the gay “marriage” debate waxed lyrical and the other side did too, I think most on the freedom side of politics in general were quietly looking about to see what was going to be pushed through under the radar.

Yep – there was something. Via Mike Sivier, via Ian:

It really was a good day to bury bad news.

As the press went into overdrive about the vote to permit gay marriage, a House of Commons committee quietly axed amendments to the Justice and Security Bill that would have made it less damaging to your freedom.

This is the controversial Bill to allow ‘secret courts’ in the UK, so cases that are potentially embarrassing to government can be held behind closed doors.

As it now stands, defendants – or claimants in civil cases – will be excluded from the hearings where their fates will be decided. They will not be allowed to know or challenge the details of the case against them and will have to be represented by a security-cleared special advocate, rather than their own lawyer.

Are alarm bells ringing in your head yet?

I readily admit taking out the word “socialist” from John in Cheshire’s comment on another thread and putting instead:

What I am unable to comprehend is the unceasing effort that these Statists expend in attacking us; you’d think they’d give it a rest once in a while, but their fervour is diabolical.

I did that because it’s better on this issue not to get dragged down into left-right for now – there are readers on both sides who’d disagree on general politics but might possibly combine against this underhanded move by the government.

Those of us who are bloggers, if we haven’t already picked up on it, perhaps we will and the combined voices will let these bstds know yet again that they’re being watched and there’s going to be apoplexy across the sphere, hopefully picked up by the few decent MSM journos too.

So people, if we can, let’s leave religion out of it, leave left-right out of it, leave other things out of it and let’s just concentrate on this Justice and Security Bill.

5 Responses to Justice and Security Bill amendments dropped while we weren’t looking

  1. Radical Rodent
    February 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Hmmm. Was suspicious of the hoo-haa surrounding “gay” marriage; you have verified my (our?) concerns. With all the problems facing this country, and many others, the noise around such an inconsequential “act” pushed through with little regard to democracy seemed very strange. Probably a harbinger of things to come. Oh, what joy.

  2. Voice of Reason
    February 12, 2013 at 1:26 am

    And here in the US we have the corporations trying much the same thing with their purchased elected critters.

  3. Greg Tingey
    February 12, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Just for once:
    150% correct
    It is statist authoritarians, acting, at right-angles in the political plane, to the “traditional” left-right axes.
    Something I’ve been on about for some time …..

    Next question, how long before anyone notices?
    Any hope of it being altered again, say by the Lords, or in committee? Oops – already IN committe stage.
    NOT good.

  4. P T Barnum
    February 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This is profoundly frightening and entirely missing from the MSM. You’re right to discount any element of left or right in this matter. It matters not. Secret courts and judgements handed down on an accused who has no right to defend themselves are a tool of true totalitarianism, a legitimised form of ‘disappearing’ undesirables and troublemakers.

    So, while half the MSM is on a jaunt to Rome, what else is being silently concealed from us?

  5. Greg Tingey
    February 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

    STRONG SUGGESTION

    Put a note of this, prefereably the first link up top on to any & every blog you read, relevant or not.
    Spread it around the blogosphere – FAST.
    I have already done this to a couple of likely commentators.
    MAKE A NOISE

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