How your MP voted on the Gagging Law

38 degrees have published a handy list of MPs and how they voted for key ammendments My own MP Jim Dowd of the authoritarian Labour Party did okay. Did my letters work?

Meanwhile, the Backbencher has more information about the problems and politics around the Act, it includes a little good news and a few ideas:

Although the bill has been passed, many are still vehemently protesting against it. Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) said that “We must be clear: civil society must never lose its voice. We must stand up for our beliefs and refuse self-censorship. ACEVO will work tirelessly to ensure that this Bill does not gag charities and campaigners”. Thomas G Clark who writes for the blog Another Angry Voice suggests that nationwide dissent may be the only viable response: “One possibility is that mass non-compliance with the rules will render them literally unenforceable. If charities, voluntary organisations, protest groups, trade unions and religions all refuse to comply with the regulatory burdens of the legislation, what can the Tories actually do about it?”

Read the whole thing.

George Monbiot onto something?

© Just Sketchy

© Just Sketchy

Given Monbiot’s attitude to the truth these laws are equally likely to do the precise opposite of everything he says, but assuming he’s relayed the facts accurately this recent article does us a service:

These laws will be used to stamp out plurality and difference, to douse the exuberance of youth, to pursue children for the crime of being young and together in a public place, to help turn this nation into a money-making monoculture, controlled, homogenised, lifeless, strifeless and bland.

Of course, he takes a few digs at the coalition and frames the debate uneccessarily in class terms, but this is in the Guardian. For balance, I hauled up a bit more on this from Spiked and found the Bill itself. On it’s face the following reassuring blurb:

Secretary Theresa May has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the
Human Rights Act 1998:
In my view the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill are compatible with the Convention rights.
Thanks Theresa. Now, does anyone have a convenient army tucked away somewhere?