After a brief lull we find the new government bringing into being three major attacks on democracy:
- There is proposed legislation on union opt-in funding that would severely reduce the Labour Party funding and effectively castrate the opposition.
- There is proposed legislation on union strike action that would effectively rule out striking altogether (if parliament was elected on the same basis few MPs would ever be elected and the Tories certainly wouldn’t have a government).
- There is a move to break up the BBC which, for all its faults, has been a bastion of unbiased reporting.
Are we looking at an era where, through ideological legislation, we are looking at a one party State?
Are we looking at legislation that will make the unions impotent so that businesses can drive up profits at the expense of workers conditions and pay?
Are we looking at the control of the news by big business corporations who can spin it to suit themselves?
A democracy can only survive when there is unbiased information and a fair voting system, where workers have the right to withdraw labour and demand fair treatment.
Are we looking at the end of any pretence at democracy?