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UK politics review – the lurch towards Fascism

UK political events combine into a lurch towards Fascism. The gagging law is passed. Called the Transparency of Lobbying Bill, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act it has nothing to do with transparency of lobbying and everything to do … Continue reading

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David Cameron consorts with tax-dodgers to censor the web

It is announced today that Downing Street is to work with massive search engine tax-dodgers Google to hugely censor the web. Under the guise of attempting to frustrate paedophiles, Downing St and Google intend to censor 100,000 search terms. Cameron … Continue reading

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The lobbying bill is a gift to union bashers

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/11/lobbying-bill-gift-to-union-bashers-blacklisting Given what we know about blacklisting, the lobbying bill’s demands on union membership lists pose a sinister threat The government’s lobbying bill may be in trouble, but its attack on the confidentiality of union membership records continues in the … Continue reading

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Tories put Lobbying Bill on hold over fears of embarrassing defeat in House of Lords

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-put-lobbying-bill-on-hold-over-fears-of-embarrassing-defeat-in-house-of-lords-8923325.html Climbdown viewed as ‘humiliating’ after MPs claimed vested interests were being let off the hook The Government has put the most controversial part of its Lobbying Bill on hold as it struggles to secure the measure’s passage through Parliament. … Continue reading

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Peers seek to delay lobbying bill for three months CORRECTED

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/05/lobbying-bill-peers-seek-delay-three-months Crossbench peer Lord Ramsbotham wants to refer part of bill on regulating charities and thinktanks to special committee An audacious attempt is to be made to delay the lobbying bill for three months in the Lords by putting its … Continue reading

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Lib Dem MPs targeted by campaign group over lobbying bill

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/oct/20/lobbying-bill-liberal-democrats-targeted-campaign-group-38-degrees With the controversial lobbying bill having moved from the Commons to the Lords this month MPs might have hoped they would now be spared the protests of those worried the new law will curb the campaigning ability of charities … Continue reading

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Lords raise concerns with “rushed” Lobbying Bill

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/constitution-committee/news/lobbying-bill/ 18 October 2013 The House of Lords Constitution Committee has today published its report on the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill and has raised “significant concerns” about the content and handling of the bill. … Continue reading

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Grand alliance of unions and lobbyists want Lords to kill Government lobbying bill

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/grand-alliance-of-unions-and-lobbyists-want-lords-to-kill-government-lobbying-bill-8877469.html A unique alliance of trade unions, professional lobbyists and constitutional reform activists has been formed to pressurise the House of Lords into wrecking the Government’s “flawed” reforms of Britain’s lobbying industry. The lobbying transparency bill, piloted by Andrew Lansley, … Continue reading

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Politics news links

A selection of links to political news. The lobbying bill discussed in Parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday has not been addressed by corporate media. Firefighters to stage five-hour strike next week … “No firefighter wants to strike, and it’s desperately … Continue reading

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Andrew Lansley’s lobbying Bill is still a ‘dog’s breakfast’

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/andrew-lansleys-lobbying-bill-is-still-a-dogs-breakfast-8861358.html Charities caught up in confusing legislation intended to regulate lobbyists and lobbying Andrew Lansley’s last-minute efforts to revamp the heavily criticised lobbying Bill has meant the Government has spent the last month in “a headless chicken run” on flawed … Continue reading

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Government exposed by games over lobbying register

http://spinwatch.org/index.php/issues/lobbying/item/5530-government-exposed-by-games-over-lobbying-register By Tamasin Cave The government’s so-called ‘Lobbying Bill’ has provoked a furious response from charities and unions. They are right to be up in arms. The Bill couples a fake lobbying register with a very real assault on democracy … Continue reading

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Bill protects lobbyists while targeting civil society

David Miller, Professor of Sociology at University of Bath The government bill on lobbying currently making its way through parliament has trade unions and most of the non-government organisation (NGO) world up in arms. But they are not complaining about … Continue reading

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