On 28 February, An important conference is being held to discuss how the British people can defend their civil liberties against the actions of an increasingly desperate and unpopular government.
The Convention On Modern Liberty takes place on the same day in seven major cities. Apart from the usual suspects who tend to gather at these meetings, several high-level Conservative and indeed Liberal Democrat politicians will be speaking at key debates.
What was sadly lacking, was, of course, the non-appearance of Labour government ministers. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised at this, as throughout the lifetime of this (mal)administration, they have been unwilling or unable to defend their policies in any open forum, whether at public meetings or in the media. A thriving democracy requires open and robust debate, but ministers seem intent on trying to close it down.
The conference should be a starting point for people to organise a long and collective nationwide campaign to protect civil liberties from disappearing in the UK.