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Not another rant

Not two rants on one page; the golden rule is that there must be at least 8 posts between rants, or one is in danger of turning into the political equivalent of a mad catwoman, cussing, twitching and hurling random felines at passers-by. And yet, I can hear it happening to me... Here's what's just gone through our parliament.

Dear England.

No whining now, here's what British law is going to be. Say you object to fox hunting...all right... and say you set up a group with some friends to campaign about it, to raise awareness on the subject; Well, you can do that, you can campaign and you can lobby - except in the run up to an election. Cos you might actually influence people then, and that's the last thing we want. So if you say or do anything that might change the outcome of the election - anything at all, leave it to us to decide on the specifics - we'll just fine you. No need for proof that you have actually changed anything, the key word is 'might,' and as what/why/who you might affect is completely subject to interpretation, best you keep your mouths shut or face enormous fines. Then you won't be able to lobby at all, even in the years we do allow you to open your mouths, because you just won't have the cash!

So shut up. That's right, just shut up. Keep quiet. Say nothing. It's only in the run up to the election after all. After that moment, in a general miasma of futility when there really is nothing you can do to stop us, feel free to babble all you like. We don't mind that - for now.

With ever closer regards

Creedy and the black bag boys.

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november_girl
Jan. 29th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Presumably it is only an issue if one of the parties running intend to do something about it?
november_girl
Jan. 29th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry, sorry, sorry - I mean SAY they intend to do something about it.
smokingboot
Jan. 29th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hello lady lovely to hear from you, but I do not follow your point...

Can you clarify for me? I am hard of thinking these days!
november_girl
Jan. 29th, 2014 11:24 pm (UTC)
Surely if the parties don't have a policy on the topic then supporting or opposing it won't make any difference to the election?
smokingboot
Jan. 29th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
You'd think. However, the wording as far as I can make out is very tenuous. For example: The badger cull(I swear to god I can think about other things!) Now, the badger cull has been strongly opposed by the RSPCA on the grounds of cruelty. However, the badger cull is very much a part of government policy, q Defra, the NFU and all that. So if the RSPCA campaign on this issue in an election year, is it likely to affect the election? Who decides?



Edited at 2014-01-29 11:47 pm (UTC)
nyarbaggytep
Jan. 30th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm totally sickened by that too. Seems to me to be a concerted attack on the closest things we have to democracy at the moment while also underhandedly allowing big business to have even more influence over our government.
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