Convention on Modern Liberty – please come!


by Sunny
30th January, 2009 at 5:32 am    

Friends, readers, citizens and small furried animals. I’m going to this (and will be chairing an event). I hope you will come to, because it’s a bloody important event, especially with all the growth in terrorism related legislation.

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The Convention on Modern Liberty (28th Feb) will bring together well over a thousand people, nearly fifty organisations, and is a call to all concerned with the threats to our fundamental rights and freedoms – from our own State, from terrorism and the responses to terrorism and from the gathering financial crisis.

From being imprisoned without charge, to bailiffs entering our homes without a warrant, to unlicensed surveillance and officials taking your information from anywhere and passing it anywhere they like – our liberties are being violated. The Convention organisers will publish audits of these violations, show how they are connected, ask why they are taking place and how they might be reversed.

The Convention’s co-directors, Anthony Barnett and Henry Porter, said “We want three things. First, we want the public to ask why these violations are happening and see that they are not isolated events. Second, we want the violations to be stopped in a way that ensures they do not happen again.”

“Third, by asserting the right to manage our identities and to share between its agencies deep dossiers of information about us the government trespasses on the first claim of democracy: that the State is the servant of the people. We want to ensure that the tradition of public freedom in our country is renewed not suffocated, that our fundamental rights are secured, and that the agents of the state understand their powers exist to serve not control the citizens of Britain.”

Amen to that. Full list of speakers below the fold…

Confirmed speakers:
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Lisa Appignanesi
Mohammed Aziz
Anthony Barnett
Simon Barrow
Peter Bazalgette
Moazzam Begg
Sir Geoffrey Bindman
Lord Bingham
Andrew Blick
Philip Blond
Caspar Bowden
Billy Bragg
Victoria Brittain
Tony Bunyan
Jean Candler
Malcolm Carroll
Douglas Carswell MP
Joanne Cash
Shami Chakrabarti
Tufyal Choudhury
Nick Clegg MP
Nick Cohen
Linda Colley
Philip Collins
Tony Curzon Price
Iain Dale
David Davis MP
Andrew Dismore MP
Cory Doctorow
Oliver Dowlen
Terri Dowty
Michael Edwards
David Elstein
Brian Eno
Keith Ewing
Peter Facey
Edward Fitzgerald QC
Liz Forgan
Sabina Frediani
Edie Friedman
John Gardiner
Juliet Gardiner
Edward Garnier QC MP
Timothy Garton Ash
Alex Gask
Pam Giddy
Paul Gilroy
Jo Glanville
Lord Goldsmith
Zac Goldsmith
David Goodhart
A C Grayling
Colin Greer
Dominic Grieve QC MP
Gerry Hassan
Iain Henderson
Georgina Henry
Savitri Hensman
Guy Herbert
Becky Hogge
Chris Huhne MP
Sunny Hundal
Murray Hunt
Saghir Hussain
Will Hutton
John Jackson
Simon Jenkins
Vaughan Jones
Mary Kaldor
Yasmin Khan
Sunder Katwala
Helena Kennedy QC
Paul Kingsnorth
Francesca Klug
Satish Kumar
David Lammy MP
Neal Lawson
Paul Lay
Guy Lodge
Caroline Lucas MEP
Ken Macdonald QC
David Marquand
Ehsan Masood
Christopher Meyer
Mujib Miah
Tim Montgomerie
Suzanne Moore
Ivo Mosley
Peter Oborne
Tom Porteous
Henry Porter
Philip Pullman
Dominic Raab
Geoffrey Robertson QC
Alan Rusbridger
Paul Rogers
Meg Russell
Mike Rustin
Laura Sandys
Quentin Skinner
David Smith
Roger Smith
Trevor Smith
Sam Talbot Rice
Chuka Umunna
Geraldine Van Bueren
David Varney
Sarah Veale
Hilary Wainwright
Marina Warner
Stuart Weir
Stuart Wilks-Heeg
Michael Wills MP
Gareth Young
Christina Zaba
Simon Zadek


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  1. MaidMarian — on 30th January, 2009 at 11:14 am  

    Sorry – I’m not buying this.

    What are these liberties we are all going to be violently stripped of due to, say, records being computerised? or presenting tax returns online and other aspects of ‘The Database State’ that exists in the fetid imaginations of the list above.

    OK, yes, there may be concerns about privacy and the competence of those who handle information. Those concerns do not seem to be raised about Tesco clubcards.

    And yes there are also legitimate queations of cost.

    But what are thse liberties? It is a flight of fancy to suggest that modernisations, and much of this is technology rather than government led, will reduce us all.

    Sunny, you may well hold that is self-evident that civil liberties will be lost as a result of ‘The Database.’ What are these liberties? And how do you distinguish an assault on freedom to legitimate responses to criminals and piss-takers?

    And for that matter – what about rights? If rights are to be implemented and indeed enforced is there not a need for an agency (private or public) to hold some records and information about us?

  2. mark gallagher — on 30th January, 2009 at 11:49 am  

    i wont make it , but while i applaud david davis’ stand on detention , could someone ask him about the rights of workers to strike?

  3. Sid — on 30th January, 2009 at 12:03 pm  

    yah mo be there!

  4. comrade — on 31st January, 2009 at 9:59 pm  

    Sunny,
    I have a barrister friend living in London, he is very much interested in attendding. Please forward details of venue and costs. thanks

  5. Nyrone — on 31st January, 2009 at 11:32 pm  

    This should be good. I’m there.
    Thanks for informing us about this..

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