Friday, 15 May 2015

David Cameron to unveil new limits on extremists' activities in Queen's speech

Make no mistake, these are very serious developments and anyone who believes that democracy prides itself on free speech should think again. The judicial legislature that is about to become law in this country will allow police to limit the activities of anyone considered to be a "threat to the functioning of democracy” and out of step with "certain values". The precise nature of such values is to be defined by the State itself, of course. Furthermore, despite having more CCTV cameras per capita than anywhere else in the world, mass surveillance in the British Isles is about to get even worse. 

You can't fight the power of the British state directly... that would be tantamount to committing suicide. We have long advocated the establishment of effective revolutionary structures and alternative economies that will break the stranglehold of capitalism (N-AM Manifesto).

Decentralist ideas cannot possibly be implemented without cutting the population first, but that can't happen through reform. Here is something I wrote about population in the late-90s: The Inevitability of Depopulation.

Given that the State is about to clamp down on anyone it suspects of having the "purpose of overthrowing democracy”, I hope some of you will share this article and help to give it wider attention. 

- Troy Southgate

Prime minister will announce counter-terrorism bill including plans to restrict harmful actions of those seeking to radicalise young people

A counter-terrorism bill including plans for extremism disruption orders designed to restrict those trying to radicalise young people is to be included in the Queen’s speech, David Cameron will tell the national security council on Wednesday.

The orders, the product of an extremism task force set up by the prime minister, were proposed during the last parliament in March, but were largely vetoed by the Liberal Democrats on the grounds of free speech. They were subsequently revived in the Conservative manifesto.

The measures would give the police powers to apply to the high court for an order to limit the “harmful activities” of an extremist individual. The definition of harmful is to include a risk of public disorder, a risk of harassment, alarm or distress or creating a “threat to the functioning of democracy”.

The aim is to catch not just those who spread or incite hatred on the grounds of gender, race or religion but also those who undertake harmful activities for the “purpose of overthrowing democracy”.

They would include a ban on broadcasting and a requirement to submit to the police in advance any proposed publication on the web and social media or in print. The bill will also contain plans for banning orders for extremist organisations which seek to undermine democracy or use hate speech in public places, but it will fall short of banning on the grounds of provoking hatred.

It will also contain new powers to close premises including mosques where extremists seek to influence others. The powers of the Charity Commission to root out charities that misappropriate funds towards extremism and terrorism will also be strengthened.

Cameron will tell the NSC: “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance.

“This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach. As the party of one nation, we will govern as one nation and bring our country together. That means actively promoting certain values.

“Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Democracy. The rule of law. Equal rights regardless of race, gender or sexuality.

“We must say to our citizens: this is what defines us as a society.”

The home secretary, Theresa May, will say: “The twisted narrative of extremism cannot be ignored or wished away. This government will challenge those who seek to spread hatred and intolerance by forming a new partnership of every person and organisation in this country that wants to defeat the extremists.”

The proposals arose out of the response to the killing in May 2013 of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, and the murder of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham a month earlier.

A separate bill will be introduced later in the parliament to revive and extend the so-called snoopers charter, which would include the retention of records of phone calls, emails and other data.