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Friday, May 22, 2009

RICHARD FREEMAN: Big Brother is Screwing You


There has been no fanfare, you won't have seen anything in the news about it. It is being slipped in on the quiet, under the radar, like most liberty eroding atrocities this right wing government is imposing on it's populace.

On page 25 of issue 1236 of Private Eye is a worrying little story.

If it is true, then as of November 2010 all authors (privately published ones included) will be legally required to apply to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (sounds like someting out of '1984'). Any author who gives more than one lecture per year will need to be vetted by the ISA for clearence in case there are children or 'vulnerable adults' in the audience. The check costs a minimum of £64. Anyone allowing an author who has not been checked by the ISA to speak will be commiting a criminal offence.

Can you imagine the effect that will have on conventions like the Weird Weekend, where most speakers are also authors? No-one will want to pay £64 plus just for the pleasure of speaking at a conference.

Apparently the new law has been gestating ever since the Soham murders. Ths cynical, power crased, Neo-Stalinist government are playing on our fears of paedophiles to strip away our civil liberties. In a world so crazed and paranoid (thanks to media frenzy) about child safety, few will stand up to them. The government is sneaking this law in so they can gain more control over the masses and raise more cash from a pointless registration scheme.

A former Children's Laureate told Private Eye "This could put an end to pretty well all festivals, launches, school and libary visits, bookshop signings and lectures. I certainly am not going to apply for a check of this sort in order to stand on a dias in front of 250 children with ten or so members of staff in attendance, to ensure I do not rape any of them."

This threatens us all; we need to make a stand and not allow this attrocity to become law. We need to make a noise about this in any way we can. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas let us know. We can't lie back whilst the government's jackboot grinds our faces into the dust.

Is this Great Britain? Its sounding more like Burma or North Korea every day. Are we going to stand by and let this happen?

To quote the great Alan Moore "People should not be aftraid of their goverments. Govenments should be aftraid of their people."


Anonymous said...

A difficult one because a lot of proposed government legislation won't get through particularly at the moment. And I didn't vote for them. Somewhat more seriously, it is not unlike the Criminal Records Bureau Check that is required to be done for workers operating on sites where children are found. Even I've had to get on of these forms, which cost around £35 to process. Some companies pay for them for you, others don't, but they are required. Whether or not they have been effective in stopping child abuse remains to be seen but the CRB is generally accepted, or so I believe. Yes, IF this thing was applied then it would be expensive and further evidence that we have no rights, but we don't really have any anyway and freedom is an illusion. Mind you, I am not sure it'll be the death knell for small events just as proposed legislation on live music hasn't killed live music....so we shall see what happens and perhaps vote wisely at these forthcoming elections..........

Your Friend, G said...

I am afraid its all too true. Check out these links its a nightmare! I think its a draft proposal at the moment but if it goes ahead it will be a real problem.





C-E B said...

Blimey! That is utterly terrible! I'm in if anyone has a plan to put a stop to this.


Geordie Mike said...

I couldn't believe this when i first read it. When I first told Richie about it I expected him to tell me how I'd grossly misunderstood the whole thing and it wasn't really as bad as it sounded. He didn't, and it was. This legislation will prove to be a nightmare for events like the Weird Weekend. It has to be stopped.

Geordie Mike said...

I couldn't believe this when i first read it. When I first told Richie about it I expected him to tell me how I'd grossly misunderstood the whole thing and it wasn't really as bad as it sounded. He didn't, and it was. This legislation will prove to be a nightmare for events like the Weird Weekend. It has to be stopped.

Hypersonic said...

Thank God i no longer live in the U.K. I saw this all coming 15 years ago and saw that no fucker was going to do anything about the erosion of freedom as begun by the Tories and perpetuated by the "New" (Old) Labour.

Good luck to yerz