Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tory wants any idea of rejoining the EU to be treated as Treason.

Much has been made by the Unionist media of so called Cybernats those supporters of Scottish Independence who posted aggressive and yes some times vile comments on No voters during and after the Indy Referendum.

But nowhere did I see calls for the opposite side to be imprisoned for Treason,

But it seems to be OK for Unionist to do so for those of us who believe the Brexit was the wrong one  .

However  a Christian Holliday, (crazy name crazy guy) a councillor in Guildford, Surrey, placed a petition on Parliament’s website demanding that the 1848 Treason Felony Act be updated to include “the following offences”.
They would be: 
“To imagine, devise, promote, work, or encourage others, to support UK becoming a member of the European Union.
“To conspire with foreign powers to make the UK, or part of the UK, become a member of the EU.”

The petition continues:

“It is becoming clear that many politicians and others are unwilling to accept the democratic decision of the British people to leave the EU.
“Brexit must not be put at risk in the years and decades ahead. For this reason, we the undersigned request that the Treason Felony Act be amended as set out in this petition. (These provisions to become law the day the United Kingdom leaves the EU)".
This wasn't some Ukip nut job but a Tory councillor who  seems to believe  in thought crime since he includes imaging joining the EU.

He also clearly believes that every elected Plaid and SNP legislator should be imprisoned for seeking independence  in the European Union.

Perhaps Mr Holiday was taking his lead from  from the Daily Express 

As AAV points out  the "Newspaper"

 ....ran an editorial calling for anti-Brexit politicians to be locked up in the Tower of London. This isn't just some bonkers editorial buried away at the back of the paper either, David Maddox's ramblings were given front page billing.
Anyone with a few brain cells to rub together should be able to spot the flaw in Maddox's bizarre call for people who oppose his ideology to be locked up in prison to "reflect on the true meaning of democracy".
AAV points out that

If the Daily Express definition of "true democracy" involves imprisonment without trial for anyone who disagrees with them, then they clearly don't have the first clue what "democracy" actually means.

You may think that this is just a attempt at satirical humour but there is an underlying threat to anyone who doesn't follow the new British Nationalist" agenda.

The rise in hate crime and xenophobia which much of the media joins in with the government in denying or ignoring is pointing to a future where the democratic right of people to express a contrary view will be  either ignored, condemned, or even made illegal  by a collaboration between the media and a almost a permanent Tory Government.

This coincides with the Tories believing that the Brexit vote means that they can supplement Parliament and the result gives them Carte Blanch to negotiate Brexit without even telling our elected representatives what they are doing.

Brexit may mean Brexit but it does not mean the suspension of democracy and there can be no challenge on ow it carried out.

One of the aspects of that "Bastion of Democracy" the house of Lords  tend not cote down Government Bills that were in the ruling party's manifesto.

That does not mean they rubber stamp it and even try to amend it slightly.

If the Tories think that they with the backing or indeed instructions from the likes of Rupert Murdoch can supplant Parliamentary democracy this way we may well be seeing more referenda in the future.

Plebiscites were used  by the Nazi to legitimise their  regime with an implicit  threat to anyone who voted the wrong way .

We should take care on the road we seem to be going down

1 comment:

  1. In the early 90s an ironic observation used to do the rounds on the british left that we shouldnt be concerned that the advent of all seater stadiums would price working class people out of watching sport because at least it would mean we'd be held in comfort (a reference to the fate of the left in chile after pinochet's coup where thousands were detained in the national football stadium).

    Watching the proliferation of far right groups in britain on newsnight last nite and seeing this report today i begin to worry some of us might be calling the millenium stadium 'home' in a few years time :(