FreelanceNerd

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Unwelcome Blair to Brum

This is a public service announcement on behalf of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition and the Matthew Boulton 2:

UNWELCOME BLAIR TO BIRMINGHAM
Matthew Boulton College, Jennens Road, B4 7PS
Thursday 16 March
1 pm


Dear Friend

This Thursday Tony Blair is visiting Matthew Boulton college, at Jennens Rd.
Stop the War and the Matthew Boulton 2 have called a demonstration starting
at 1pm.

Publicising this demo on Stop the War stalls at the weekend got a great
response. People want to let Blair know what they think of him.

We want to build a big demo on Thursday. If you have any free time during
the day in the next few days please give us a call. There is leafleting of
universities, colleges, workplaces and the city centre planned. We want to
get posters up everywhere.

Please tell everyone you know and come and let Bliar know what you think of
him!

Helen Salmon
07905 212 297
Helensalmon2004@yahoo.com

PS. TO ALSO GET YOUR COACH TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WAR IN IRAQ/FUTURE WAR IN IRAN IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND CALL ME!


The Matthew Bolton 2 were expelled from Matthew Boulton College earlier this year for publishing an independent newsletter. I'm not sure of the exact reasons for the expulsion, but the newsletters do include criticism of the college and the British and American governments. I don't necessarily agree with everything they say, but we should support their right to say it.

The pamphlets they wrote are available for download below:
The Guerilla Monthly (pdf)
What is the purpose of the College (pdf)

Personally I'll be going down there to make my displeasure of our Government's policies known to Mr. Blair in person. Especially this latest bill which has been given "[t]he boring title of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill", which the usually sober Times goes on to say, "hides an astonishing proposal. It gives ministers power to alter any law passed by Parliament. The only limitations are that new crimes cannot be created if the penalty is greater than two years in prison and that it cannot increase taxation. But any other law can be changed, no matter how important. All ministers will have to do is propose an order, wait a few weeks and, voilĂ , the law is changed."

This truly is a frightening prospect, and one that we must resist if our democracy, such as it is, is to mean anything anymore.

I knew it wouldn't take me long to get back into politics! Must have been that trip to the pub this evening...