The Tories used press focus on the gay marriage vote to slip through an almost-unnoticed amendment that means they can do what they like, to whom they like, in secret. So much for their laughable promises of open and transparent government. Please read this great article by Mike Sivier.
As the press went into overdrive about the vote to permit gay marriage, a House of Commons committee quietly axed amendments to the Justice and Security Bill that would have made it less damaging to your freedom.
This is the controversial Bill to allow ‘secret courts’ in the UK, so cases that are potentially embarrassing to government can be held behind closed doors.
As it now stands, defendants – or claimants in civil cases – will be excluded from the hearings where their fates will be decided. They will not be allowed to know or challenge the details of the case against them and will have to be represented by a security-cleared special advocate, rather than their own lawyer.
Are alarm bells ringing in your head yet?
Apparently the Bill has been drafted in close co-operation with the security services…
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