A coalition government with Liberals in is bound to be very authoritarian. Much of the new authoritarianism has been directed against the young since 2010. There was the kettling of students, the draconian measures taken against those involved in the riots, the dismissal of youth campaigns to save services and the silent break up of voluntary sector organisations.
The TUC’s briefings on this bill and those of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations set out the many dangers within the bill and how it will threaten the routine and natural lobbying and campaigning of charities and unions and community organisations. The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations points out that it will not curtail the activities of unpopular professional lobbyists but will potentially significantly limit the work of legitimate charities. The National Association of Voluntary and Community Action supports the submissions made by the Electoral Commission itself in which it complains about the ambiguous and therefore dangerously generalised scope of the provisions making it impossible for the Electoral Commission to police.
It should come as no surprise. Capitalism greatly benefited by the fact that the Parliamentary system led us to an unelected coalition without a mandate to govern. This enabled them to launch the slash and burn blitz which the EU and neoliberalism demanded on the remnants of the public sector and trade unionism. It introduced the hallmark of a more fascistic politics as the vestiges of the social democratic consensus are destroyed.
In particular the idea of being governed by a government partly directed by the mood and mandate of the people is too restraining for the neoliberals. By handing Parliamentary power over to the EU and the bankers who pull the strings of the main government members and by launching a fierce ideological and legislative attack on workers’ rights, unions and access to justice, sooner or later a bill to destroy effective opposition would arise. And here it is. It is our soft version of what is happening to trade unionists and civil rights activists in Colombia.
If it is passed a final building block of the dictatorship is put in place. Who said there is nothing more frightening than an angry liberal?