Damien O’Connor blogs at Red Alert:
I thought we lived in a free democracy. Since when did a sign become illegal when expressing an opinion or encouraging people to act? Does this ban all signs at marches that may in any way be linked to a movement or political party. The EC needs to pull their heads in. This is not the 1930s in Europe.
And Clare Curran chips in:
Hope the Electoral Commission is reading this. Is this what our democracy has come to?
I agree with you Damien
So Labour equate being forced to obey the electoral laws, as akin to Nazi Germany. The sad thing is that they have got so used to being above the law, that they really do think it appalling that an independent agency will not kowtow to them. In fact the post is a barely veiled threat against the Electoral Commission.
What is especially ironic is that Damien voted for the Electoral Finance Act which would had far more restrictive laws, than the current Electoral Act.
Also in case people think Labour is right, and you can no longer wave a sign at a march – this is not the case. The only requirement is that the sign have an authorisation statement on it, if it can be considered an election advertisment. And this has in fact been the law for the last 15 years or so.
So what Damien is really complaining about is transparency. Transparency is what he compares to Nazi Germany.
As if one needed another reason why Labour is unfit for office, this is it.Tags: Clare Curran, Damien O'Connor, Electoral Act, Labour