David Cameron – the new Bliar?
The last week has seen David Cameron’s stooges in the upper echelons of the Tory Party defeated in their plan to amend “purdah” rules which currently limit government activity in the build-up to an EU in/out referendum and his execution of 2 UK citizens without trial.
The plans to amend the purdah rules were voted down by Labour, SNP and Tory rebels by 312 to 285; meaning that the full capacity of the Whitehall propaganda machine will not be used to support the governments pro-EU agenda (even though they would hate for anyone to know that of course).
Purdah is a long standing convention whereby governments refrain from making any major announcements in the run-up to general elections or other polls to avoid influencing their outcome.
The existing rules were set out in legislation passed in 2000 and prevent ministers, departments and local authorities from publishing any “promotional material” arguing for or against any particular outcome or referring to any of the issues involved in the referendum.
The rules, which apply to the 28 days up to polling day, do not preclude ministers from issuing press notices or responding to specific requests for information from members of the public.
Any such changes to the rules would have been seen as undemocratic by anyone but Cameron and his cronies; should Labour had attempted such a stunt if in power, Cameron, no doubt, would have been first to claim foul play.
The other shun to democracy by David Cameron was in his admission that 2 UK IS fighters had been killed in RAF drone strikes carried out in August. There is more than one issue here, the first being that such strikes were carried out despite Parliament voting against UK military action in Syria two years ago!
In a statement where Mr Cameron claimed the strikes to have been a “perfectly legal act of self defence” due to the men being “terrorists who’d been planning a series of attacks”.
Forgetting the fact that Capital punishment was abolished in the UK in 1988, having not been used in the UK & Northern Ireland since 1973 and having been ratified by the 13th Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights became binding on the United Kingdom, prohibiting the restoration of the death penalty for as long as the UK is a party to the Convention; for a man that wishes to remain in the EU yet create a UK human rights policy, I am personally having trouble trusting Mr Cameron on Human rights or Democracy!
I suppose that if you kill UK citizens off of UK soil it doesn’t really count, right Dave? It has work for the USA for years.