Letter: A shocking assault on our rights from this Conservative Government

Looking back over this Government’s record, it's too easy to see only the chaos and incompetence. But behind this is another story.

Friday, 14th January 2022, 10:20 am
Updated Friday, 14th January 2022, 10:49 am

The Conservatives are pursuing a sustained and multi-pronged onslaught on our democracy.

The first indicator was the illegal prorogation of Parliament in 2019. And now a whole raft of legislation is working its way through Parliament.

This includes The Police and Crime Bill, which will stifle protest; The Elections Bill which will hobble the Electoral Commission and disenfranchise up to two million citizens through mandatory voter ID; The

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The Government is assiduously working to undermine our democratic rights, says a letter writer this week.

Immigration and Nationality Bill which will criminalise asylum seekers and strip people of British citizenship without warning; The Judicial Review and Courts Bill which will enable the government to overrule judges’ decisions that they don’t like. And all this is against a background of sustained attacks on independent institutions such as the BBC and the civil service.

Johnson’s Government relies on an 80-strong majority to push legislation through. The Tory libertarians have repeatedly opposed public health measures to control the spread of Covid as a terrible breach of our rights. Yet in the face of this most shocking assault on our rights, they have been silent. Will they speak up now?

Jane Barrett

Buxton

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