Sadly, it looks like the gagging law has got through parliament. Simply an appalling abuse of power...
This was from 38 degrees last night:
I wanted to let you know straight away. I'm afraid we lost the gagging
law vote in the House of Lords this evening. That's it - it's going to
It couldn't have been closer. On the final vote, 245 Lords voted in
favour and 245 against. Unfortunately the rules mean that in the case of
a tie, the government gets its way.
Personally I feel pretty devastated about this. I'm worried about what
it means for the future of 38 Degrees. More importantly, I'm worried
about what it means for the future of democracy, and what it tells us
about the state of British politics.
But I also feel proud of everything 38 Degrees members did together to fight this. I hope you do too.
There will be a lot of thinking and discussion to be done in the coming
days. 38 Degrees members will need to pull together to think about how
to fight this terrible law. And we'll need to work out how we can keep
standing up for all we believe in - despite the restrictions the
government is trying to impose.
But right now, I feel sure of one thing. We won't give up.
Sorry I'm not emailing with better news, and thank you for everything you've done,
PS: 38 Degrees members are discussing the outcome on Facebook. You can join in at https://www.facebook.com/peoplepowerchange
Here's some of the comments so far:
Peter: I am Spartacus. Who's with me?
Zoë: sad news, let's keep fighting to change it
Kirsty: The government shouldn't even be allowed to vote on something
like this.... it should be a vote left to the general public. Of course
the government want us mute so this is no surprise
Peter: I strongly believe there should now be a coordinated campaign of
civil disobedience. During the election campaign, all those
organisations that stood against this atrocious and illiberal
legislation should simply ignore it and campaign as usual. Maybe with a
campaign fund set up to help defend the smaller organisations.
Liz: Gradually democracy is being eroded. The arrogance of this government is beyond belief.