Hillsborough, the Human Rights Act and here’s an example of post-truth politics

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/network-rail-pulls-adverts-highlighting-12179143

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

You really could not have made this up prior to 2016 but in our new post-truth politics era this kind of thing becomes sadly unsurprising.

The Human Rights Act was used to uncover vital information in the quest for the truth regarding the appalling Hillsborough disaster so that’s a good thing and it is true. What is wrong with repeating the truth please Network Rail?

Yes we know that Mrs May, who wants to reduce our rights by getting rid of the Act, will not like you displaying the Amnesty posters but should you give in to her post-truth views? No you should not.

Running scared of a Government and by implication displaying only what it would or would not want to see is how dictatorships and fascism take root. We are supposed to be a free country.

Bootle – Sat in Gregs cafe debating with Jen the mess the UK is in and then…..

There we were, Jen and I sat discussing the political and social mess that the UK is in over a cup of tea in Gregs Bootle Strand cafe. We ranged over a number of things such as the Tories turning into UKIP, Labour seemingly becoming narrow nationalists and being unable to be the opposition in Parliament and how selfish we seem to have become as a Brexit nation.

Next to us there was a chap sat on his own whom it turned out was interested in our conversation because he jumped up and said that we needed to cut foreign aid and get rid of the Human Rights Act. With that he left the cafe.

What was all that about? Was he a Tory, UKIP or Labour supporter? Why does he think that reducing human rights is a good idea? What good does he think will come of us getting rid of foreign aid? Why did he feel the need to express his views to us whilst exiting the cafe?

What are we turning into, I ask again?

Liberalism – What’s it like being a Liberal?

This short piece on Liberalism was prompted by a question from an acquaintance who asked me this very question:-

Liberals by their very nature are people with inquiring minds who want to know as many facts as possible about whatever it is we are considering.

You will rarely see a Liberal reading say the Daily Mail or Daily Mirror because they are little more than propaganda sheets to us. We don’t like our news filtered, we want clear information (not biased opinions) so that we can make up our own minds as free thinking individuals. We try not to jump to conclusions without the necessary information to form a reasonable view.

Liberals are environmentalists by instinct; we are seekers out of corruption, fighters against vested interests and are invariably suspicious of those in authority.

We know that global warming is probably the greatest threat that mankind has ever faced and if we don’t seriously tackle our wasteful ways and our unclean energy use future generations will be left to pick up the mess that we have selfishly left them.

We believe in electoral reform because it will lead to better and more representative government and the devolution of power from Whitehall so to empower people and communities.

We believe in co-operatives and mutual companies and worker participation in running companies.

We understand that a decent welfare system has to help those in need and that the NHS needs to be properly funded.

Many of us will be pro-abortion – supporting a woman’s right to choose, pro-right to die – supporting the right to decide how and when your own life should end.

Many Liberals will be involved in opposing nuclear weapons, objecting to the selling of any weapons to counties that do not respect human rights and we will often be peace activists looking for diplomatic solutions to conflict.

We are internationalist in our outlook because we realise that being inward looking nationalists is the road to ruin not the route to prosperity. Of course we are pro-Europe but we do want the institutions of the EU fundamentally overhauled to make them more representative of the peoples of Europe.

Being a Liberal is fundamentally about freedom to choose so long as the choices we make do not knowingly have an adverse impact on others or the environment that supports us all.

Cameron’s Government is destroying all the good in the UK

I increasingly despair about the present Tory Government. Just look at all the massive down sides of Cameron gaining an overall majority:-

* Social housing to be sold off when there is a huge shortage of affordable rented housing.
* Cutting back on sustainable green initiatives and putting future generations at risk from even greater climate change problems.
* Attacking trade unions who brought about many social advances that we all (including Tories) now take for granted.
* Trying to reduce your and my rights and in doing so making the state less accountable to us all.
* Hitting the most vulnerable in society with massive welfare cuts whilst the official Labour opposition stood back and abstained!.
* Taking food from children in our schools who otherwise may not get a decent meal at home.
* All but ignoring the appalling refugee crisis across Europe

This is an appallingly selfish Tory Government.

The Tories should not forget that GB is the land of free speech

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34017423

For Government to even suggest that trade unions should be restricted in their use of social media is very alarming. The Tories should remember that they often say this is a free county, yet their actions via this pathetic excuse for a present Government indicate that what they want to do is to restrict freedom for those they disapprove of.

Removing rights by chucking out the Human Rights Act, snooping on our e-mails (as Labour was also keen on during their appalling identity card phase) and now suggesting that trade unions may need to give notice of social media use during industrial action is more like the actions of despots than an elected government.

The Human Rights Act & Winston Churchill

key_tom

“The Human Rights Act and the European Court of Human Rights are not some piffling pieces of legislation, dreamt up by bureaucrats in Brussels to tie us in red tape. These are British rights, drafted by British lawyers forged in the aftermath of the atrocities of the Second World War and fought for by Winston Churchill. They are designed to place public authorities in the UK under a strict, non-negotiable obligation to treat people with fairness, equality and dignity. Frequently they have been all that has stood in the way of injustice, most usually inflicted on the individual by an over-powerful state. Our HRA has already achieved so much. It’s held the state to account for spying on us, safeguarded our soldiers and supported peaceful protest. It’s helped rape victims, defended domestic violence victims and guarded against slavery. It’s protected those in care, shielded press freedom and provided answers for grieving families” – Tom Brake MP