Repeal SOCPA – encourage democratic demonstration in front of OUR parliament

The Serious and Organised Crime Act contains sections that effectively put the decision over what is permissable to say in a democracy in the hands of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. This has led to insanity such as a group of people being threatened with arrest for having a cake with the word "Peace" iced on it in Parliament Square; of a woman being arrested, charged and convicted for reading out the names of war dead outside Downing Street. Public space outside political buildings should be protected for public claim making; they are not private spaces, and they are not public in the sense that the shopping mall is public. They are spaces needed to ensure that our leaders remember who they work for, whether they are "inconvenienced" by that or not, and it is not for the Police to decide who should and should not say what.

Why is this idea important?

The Serious and Organised Crime Act contains sections that effectively put the decision over what is permissable to say in a democracy in the hands of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. This has led to insanity such as a group of people being threatened with arrest for having a cake with the word "Peace" iced on it in Parliament Square; of a woman being arrested, charged and convicted for reading out the names of war dead outside Downing Street. Public space outside political buildings should be protected for public claim making; they are not private spaces, and they are not public in the sense that the shopping mall is public. They are spaces needed to ensure that our leaders remember who they work for, whether they are "inconvenienced" by that or not, and it is not for the Police to decide who should and should not say what.

Right to protest in Parliament Square

The right to protest in Parliament Square must be reinstated so as not to restrict our democratic right to protest, including allowing the peace protestors to return to their camp if they so choose as it is their democratic right to do so.

Why is this idea important?

The right to protest in Parliament Square must be reinstated so as not to restrict our democratic right to protest, including allowing the peace protestors to return to their camp if they so choose as it is their democratic right to do so.

Generally to reinstate our rights to freedom & liberty. Ultimately erosion of freedoms will result in a society where Government acts without regard to the rights of individuals

That the present Lib Dem and Conservative Government repeal the legislation, and in some situations introduce new legislation to protect the rights of individuals. Areas would include;

  • Stop the routine monitoring of people by CCTV, Automatic Number plate recognition, facial recognition technologies, Travel cards i.e. Oyster, Chips, storing of emails, tracking of Internet sites visited, tracking countries visited by people, storing of text messages etc.
  • Remove innocent people from the DNA database and restricting any Police DNA database to consist only of people who have been convicted of a crime, and even then for a maximum period of 5 years following release from prison.
  • Restoring people’s rights to peaceful demonstration in a public place, the right to public assembly for more than two peopleincluding the right to protest in Parliament Square.
  • Extend right to anonymity of people making allegations of physical or sexual assault to the person(s) accused of such assaults.
  • Removal of speed cameras from positions other than adjacent to schools (where they should only work during daylight hours) or from other locations unless road traffic fatalities have occurred within prior 3 years.
  • Restore the ‘right to silence’ for those accused in court and prevent allegations of ‘bad character’ from being used in court. To reinstate the principle of double jeopardy in UK law.
  • Abolition of Enhanced Criminal Records Checks ability, under ‘any other comments’,  to contain any remark that relates to accusations where the applicant has not been charged, or has been charged and found not guilty, or other ‘soft’ unsubstantiated information.
  • The introduction of a written constitution to enshrine and safeguard the rights to freedom of the British Public (similar to Bill of Rights).
  • To restrict the growth in ‘no win no fee’ claims for damages.
  • To restrict Health and Safety legislation to practical and reasonable levels.
  • To stop Police forces from using remote control drone devices to film or otherwise record people, demonstrations etc.
  • To ensure the right to trial by jury for serious offences.
  • To remove the rights of the Police to stop and question/search people with no reason.

Why is this idea important?

That the present Lib Dem and Conservative Government repeal the legislation, and in some situations introduce new legislation to protect the rights of individuals. Areas would include;

  • Stop the routine monitoring of people by CCTV, Automatic Number plate recognition, facial recognition technologies, Travel cards i.e. Oyster, Chips, storing of emails, tracking of Internet sites visited, tracking countries visited by people, storing of text messages etc.
  • Remove innocent people from the DNA database and restricting any Police DNA database to consist only of people who have been convicted of a crime, and even then for a maximum period of 5 years following release from prison.
  • Restoring people’s rights to peaceful demonstration in a public place, the right to public assembly for more than two peopleincluding the right to protest in Parliament Square.
  • Extend right to anonymity of people making allegations of physical or sexual assault to the person(s) accused of such assaults.
  • Removal of speed cameras from positions other than adjacent to schools (where they should only work during daylight hours) or from other locations unless road traffic fatalities have occurred within prior 3 years.
  • Restore the ‘right to silence’ for those accused in court and prevent allegations of ‘bad character’ from being used in court. To reinstate the principle of double jeopardy in UK law.
  • Abolition of Enhanced Criminal Records Checks ability, under ‘any other comments’,  to contain any remark that relates to accusations where the applicant has not been charged, or has been charged and found not guilty, or other ‘soft’ unsubstantiated information.
  • The introduction of a written constitution to enshrine and safeguard the rights to freedom of the British Public (similar to Bill of Rights).
  • To restrict the growth in ‘no win no fee’ claims for damages.
  • To restrict Health and Safety legislation to practical and reasonable levels.
  • To stop Police forces from using remote control drone devices to film or otherwise record people, demonstrations etc.
  • To ensure the right to trial by jury for serious offences.
  • To remove the rights of the Police to stop and question/search people with no reason.

Repeal the Serious Organised Crime & Police Act 2005

Repeal the sections of this act that are draconian and erode traditional British civil liberties relating to free speech and the right to protest. 

 

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the sections of this act that are draconian and erode traditional British civil liberties relating to free speech and the right to protest. 

 

Amend the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 to prevent abuse by private companies

The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 had the admirable goal of protecting people from harassment and stalking. However, it has been used more often than not as a method of preventing legitimate protest against private companies.

It needs amending so that it cannot be used to prevent legitimate protest against businesses.

Why is this idea important?

The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 had the admirable goal of protecting people from harassment and stalking. However, it has been used more often than not as a method of preventing legitimate protest against private companies.

It needs amending so that it cannot be used to prevent legitimate protest against businesses.