(Posted on behalf of Rosemary Stammers)
Ours is supposedly the oldest parliamentary democracy in the world, we often talk of our British belief in Fair Play, yet with the Trade Union Bill, the present government are putting these values at risk.
We have already seen them make it harder to register to vote and soon they will redraw the Parliamentary map in a way that benefits the Conservative Party more than any other party. Hidden in the Trade Union Bill is a clause that is deliberately designed to cut off trade union’s financial support for the Labour Party. I note that the Conservative Government are doing nothing to limit the Hedge Funds, Millionaires and large billionaire Corporations that support the Tories. This is not Democracy, it is preposterous and totally against what Democracy stands for, actually this could be construed as conspiracy and dictatorship!
It is appalling what this Tory Government have been trying to push through Parliament and the fact that MP’s are being denied a chance to vote on controversial new laws as the Government invokes arcane parliamentary loopholes to bypass Commons, for instance, Abolition of Student Grants, Fracking in National Parks and contentious New Voter Registration rules all forced through without proper approval, this is apart from George Osbourne trying to force through £4 billion of cuts to Tax Credits using a “Statutory Instrument” not even debated in the commons, it was only when the Lords threw it out that the Chancellor was forced to back down, this is but a few underhanded actions that the present government have tried to implement.
This government must be made accountable, we must stop them robbing the poor and vulnerable and giving it to the already rich, wealthy and powerful!!!