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Tried to find a link to this last night but actualsean posted a link to a story on his LJ so that made things easier finding the one I wanted plus reading about other infringements....

"I pass protesters every day at Downing Street, and believe me, you name it, they protest against it. I may not like what they call me but I thank God they can. That's called freedom" - Tony Blair, April 2002

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers" - Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 19

Not in Britian anymore it seems.......

A Casualty of Free Speech (The Independent Online Edition; Saturday 10th December 2005)

Blair's Britain 2005: Where Peaceful Protest Can Be Costly (The Independent Online Edition; Saturday 10th December 2005)

............Where's "V" when you need him......


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Dec. 11th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
You called? [grin]
Dec. 11th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
Couldn't help us out could you?

I know when your film is released (now pushed back to 2006! - grrr) it'll probably spur on some debate and much needed attention into the flaws of government but we could do with some practical instructions and also a figurehead to lead. You up for coming out of fiction into fact?
Dec. 11th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
What do you think just happened in Hemel Hempstead? That was a research facility, not a fuel depot ...
Dec. 11th, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
makes me *so* angry

(am gonna nick the links if that's okay)
Dec. 11th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
Nick away.

I know various people keep saying that we really need to do something about this but little ever ends up being done. I think the time is fast approaching (actually I think it past a few years ago) when we're all just going to HAVE to do something other than just march and complain to our MPs. :(
Dec. 13th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
Said it before...
...but it bears repeating. I agree we should really be doing something ourselves (I keep sending cheques to Liberty but it seems to have had limited effect). Anyone up for 'doing a Michael Moore' and taking over the local Labour party? I'm at least half way serious. Or does anyone have a better idea?
Dec. 13th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Said it before...
I didn't realise you were on LJ!

Problem is I'm not keen on the Labour Party :(
Dec. 11th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC)
A thought or two...
I was actually all fired up after work and ready to go into the 'ZONE OF NATIONAL SHAME' and read out /distribute/display article 19... but I had to return home to look after my son. What would it have meant if I had been arrested?
Actually given the events in Hertfordshire I probably wouldn't have even made the the news.

I'd still like to go down there.
Perhaps it would be possible to meet with others.
We could form an orderly que, step into THE FUCKING ZONE OF SHAME one by one and voice our support for article 19.
Since there could be no question about the Governments support for article 19, we obviously be supporting the govt. It would not be possible to class this peaceful act of support as a protest.

But when we get arrested what will it mean?

I'm serious.
I'll do it...anyone?
Dec. 13th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
Re: A thought or two...
Assuming it's not when I'm working, count me in. No idea who you are :), but I see my other half (Corone) is on your friends list, so I guess you can contact me through him.
Dec. 13th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Re: A thought or two...
You should pop in the shop. Sean's one of the LG crew :p
Dec. 11th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
Relative to the US, you guys have it good. When Blair has a public meeting, people ask him hard questions. When Bush has one, they all tell him how much they love him.
Dec. 11th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
If I lived in the US I think I would have been in trouble long before now.

I really do not envy you guys at all :(
Dec. 11th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
The thing about the US is that it isn't homogeneous. If you want to live in liberal-land, you can. If you want to be surrounded by god-fearing Bush supporters, you can do that too. And if all that fails, there's always Canada ;-)
Dec. 11th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Still doesn't help the country by moving to Canada though.
Dec. 12th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
This is SO annoying.

But we don't need V.
We a long way away from V.
We do need press censorship however.
"The press may no longer print a story about celebrities"
"The press must present two opposing sides to each argument- not leaving it alone to the Independant to report what you ALL should have been featuring"
"Freedom of speech carries with it burdens of responsibility: failure to comply means you can STILL speak freekly, you just can't inflict your biased views upon society in general."

We have the Indepedant and The Guardian... The Mirror and The Sun (and YES, I will defend The Sun- they DO carry counter views to their editorial policy- although the first rule will bugger them), so that leaves us the Mail/Express/Telegraph to have their editors arrested.

And some people think i am kidding.
Which is worse?
Allowing the 'offical line' of news from Iraq to be reported at the expense of objective journalism; deliberatly reporting counter arguments from biased political commentators; talking about the size of the Joe Rooney's girlfriends boots!!!!?

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