On 26 May 2016: Damian Collins MP (pictured) voted in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act 1998.
Damian is one of candidates standing for election in the Folkestone & Hythe Constituency on June the 8th and he fully supports the Conservative Manifesto its contents and his Prime Minister, Theresa May. The manifesto Damian Collins MP supports, contains the following chilling paragraph:
The British public deserves to have confidence in our democracy. We will legislate to ensure that a form of identification must be presented before voting, to reform postal voting and to improve other aspects of the elections process to ensure our elections are the most secure in the world. We will retain the traditional method of voting by pencil and paper, and tackle every aspect of electoral fraud.
A quick and simple Q & A session
Question: How many types of photo ID are there in the UK?
Answer: 2. Your Passport & Your Driving Licence.
2 – both cost money.
Question: Are they necessary to live in the UK?
It is estimated that maybe 3.5 million people now on the electoral roll do not have photo ID . And the Tory Plan; which Damian is signed up to, is that they would not be allowed to vote.
Damian Collins MP (pictured) commitment to the Conservative Manifesto is a direct attack on the universal mandate. Art 3 of the First Protocol of the Human Rights Act 1998, gives us the right to vote. Needless to say, it is a right and not a privilege. And Damian, as we have said: voted in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act 1998.
As an aside, in 2015 (before he voted to repeal the HRA) Damian Collins, the Conservative MP and Fifa reform campaigner, warned that big-name sponsors of the World Cup will have “blood on their hands” if they fail to pressure the 2022 host country, Qatar, to improve conditions for migrant workers. On 14-17 February 2017, as part of an All Party Parliamentary Group he visited Qatar to discuss issues relating to workers rights and welfare; which we find highly ironic, since he does not believe in rights as he wishes to scrap the Human Rights Act 1998, and neither he, nor his party have stated what they will replace it with.
Anyway, It will also mean taxation without representation, and of course it will benefit the Tories – quelle surprise -, since most of those without ID in Shepway are on lower incomes.
And it won’t change electoral fraud because there is almost no recorded electoral fraud in the UK. There was in Northern Ireland, where photo ID has helped eliminate it, we agree. But there the photo ID is free.
If it is to be replicated in the rest of the UK this is not just a non starter, it’s a full and open assault on democracy itself and Damian Collins MP fully supports it.
You can Register to vote for the General Election on June 8th up until the 22/05/17 and can do so using this portal to the register to vote website.
A further thing to consider is that if ID is introduced could it been seen as the re-introduction of Identity Cards legislation?
The Shepwayvox Team
Main Photograph by : Sean Smith for the Guardian