Letters; Peter Davis, January 29, 2016

30/11/2011 (NEWS) STRIKES''On Wednesday 30th November 2011 a large number of public sector workers in the UK went on strike.''Pictured is: (front l-r) Ben Norman from Unite Union and Portsmouth Socialist Party with Mick Tosh, chairman of the Trades Council will fellow strikers at Kingston Prison.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114228-3240) ENGPPP00120111130163528
30/11/2011 (NEWS) STRIKES''On Wednesday 30th November 2011 a large number of public sector workers in the UK went on strike.''Pictured is: (front l-r) Ben Norman from Unite Union and Portsmouth Socialist Party with Mick Tosh, chairman of the Trades Council will fellow strikers at Kingston Prison.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114228-3240) ENGPPP00120111130163528

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.

Peter Davis

Redfern Close, Lynn