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  • 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.

    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  

      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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