Within hours of the general election result being announced the Conservative party announced several policies, some of which had been ‘hampered’ by their coalition partners in the last government.
As the results came in and it was clear the Conservatives were heading back to Number 10, Theresa May announced that the party would reintroduce the Draft Communications Data Bill, giving the government unprecedented surveillance power.
The snoopers’ charter received huge criticism from computing experts and civil liberties campaigners in the wake of introduction. It was set to come into law in 2014, but Nick Clegg withdrew his support for the bill and it was blocked by the Liberal Democrats.
Cameron indicated that the government would seek even more surveillance powers. Speaking in Paris in January, he said there should be no form of communication that the government was unable to read, which could lead to encrypted messaging applications such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Apple’s iMessage and Facetime being banned.
As people across the UK concerned themselves with election results, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) quietly released an official policy document (link to pdf) with recommendations to restrict the Access to Work scheme currently in place which helps people with disabilities back to work.
The Access to Work scheme primarily helps people with visual impairments and those with hearing impairments. The fund is used to help employers cover additional costs they may incur in employing people with disabilities.
The policy document was originally announced in March, but not officially released until the election results were announced.
In the coming weeks no doubt we will hear of other draconian and oppressive government policies which will plunge the citizens of the UK into further servitude to giant corporations (or as the Conservative calls them ‘preferred partners), the banks, and the state.
One thing is for sure, they will destroy every last remaining part of our public services in the name of profit.
Some key areas which will suffer include:
- A drastic reduction in workers’ rights and union activity.
- More ‘free schools’ will replace state funded schools.
- Fracking will spread causing incredible damage to our natural resources and countryside.
- Privatisation throughout the NHS.
- And of course, our fundamental welfare rights and system will be destroyed.
As far as we are concerned the Conservatives moving back into Number 10 are an illegitimate government by any definition of ‘democracy’.
The vast majority of the UK population don’t want them anywhere near seats of power. Therefore they do not represent the will of the people – which is what an election is supposed to represent. Following on logically they can only be considered pretenders with no right whatsoever to be in such a privileged position.
The system needs drastic change.
One of the first steps is to have proportional representation where each vote counts, and is not just discarded when a seat in won by a particular party.
Regardless of which ‘party’ you support, you can sign a petition at Avaaz here:
So what now?
We have another five years of self-interested idiots in government (unless something very unusual and drastic happens) and it seems the majority of the British public are prepared to accept that without any protest whatsoever.
We need to overcome this apathy and start to make our voices not only heard, but count and make a difference.
As the saying goes ‘bad things happen when good people do nothing’
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