Ours is supposedly the oldest parliamentary democracy in the world, and we talk often of our British belief in fair play, yet with the Trade Union Bill, the present Government is putting these values at risk.
We’ve already seen the obstacles they put in people’s way to make it harder to register to vote, soon they will redraw the parliamentary map in a way that benefits the Conservative Party.
Furthermore, hidden in the Trade Union Bill is a clause that is deliberately designed to cut off trade unions’ financial support for the Labour Party, while doing nothing to limit the hedge funds and millionaires that support the Tories.
They are attacking democracy by silencing opposition, whether it’s from unions, campaigners, or charities; and by changing the rules to make it harder for anyone else to win an election.
As the House of Lords debates the Bill over the next weeks, I can only hope the Government will take the opportunity to embody the values of democracy and decency they claim to support, and drop these unfair proposals.
Teachers should be able to stand up for their rights, and not have to put up with huge classes. The NUT fought hard to bring down class sizes to a maximum of 30 but now that is ignored.