Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Secret Courts fight to continue at Scottish Conference

Last Sunday, I spoke in the debate against secret courts at Federal Conference in Brighton. This Friday, I'll be proposing a motion against this highly illiberal and unfair measure at Scottish Conference in Dundee. I am not going to post the speech I made in Brighton yet because I'm going to do the environmentally friendly thing and recycle it. Many Scots won't have heard it so I don't want to spoil the surprise. As I'm proposing the motion, I'll have some extra time to add stuff to it.

If you don't know much about this issue, Jo Shaw's speech proposing the motion in Brighton goes through many of the issues. I am still very upset that she felt she had no option but to resign from the party. We should not be losing such strong liberal voices as Jo. We need the expertise of people like Dinah Rose, and now, Philippe Sands as we seek to protect civil liberties.

3 comments:

Paul Halliday said...

I may consider doing the same at Welsh conference. Although I wouldn't leave the party over it, I do find it strikes very deep at the heart of who we are as a party.

tris said...

I wish you good luck with this, but I read Andrew page's account and I think that you will be banging your head against a brick wall.

Willie Rennie may take your point to Holyrood, but I don't think the English or federal party are listening.

That is sad.

Anyway. Good luck, most sincerely. It is extremely worthwhile. Secret courts are despicable and have no place in a so-called democracy.

Alan Jelfs said...

Does this "Secret Courts" Bill actually apply to Scotland?

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