LETTER: Trade Union Bill is putting British belief in fair play at risk
PUBLISHED: 18:54 07 February 2016
Ours is supposedly the oldest parliamentary democracy in the world, and we talk often of our British belief in fair play.
Yet with the Trade Union Bill, this Government is putting these values at risk.
We’ve already seen them make it harder to register to vote, soon they will redraw the Parliamentary map in a way that benefits the Conservative Party. Furthermore, hidden in the Trade Union Bill is a clause that is deliberately designed to cut off trade unions’ financial support for the Labour Party - while doing nothing to limit the hedge funds and millionaires that support the Tories. They’re attacking democracy by silencing opposition, whether it’s from unions, campaigners, or charities; and by changing the rules to make it harder for anyone else to win an election.
As the House of Lords debate the Bill over the next weeks, I can only hope the Government will take the opportunity to embody the values of democracy and decency they claim to support, and drop these unfair proposals.