Yesterday, the UK Government used a guillotine motion to curtail amendments and debate on the Civil Contingencies Bill part 2 i.e. the controversial Emergency Powers part of the Bill, which has now had it's
Third Reading in the House of Commons.
All our concerns about this Bill still stand.
The Government has rejected virtually all the constitutional protections and suggestions from the Joint Committee on the Civil Contingencies Bill, and from MP's during the debate.
Unless the House of Lords can be mobilised to amend the Emergency Powers in part 2, will be in the position where a junior Whip (not even a proper Minister of State) has the power to declare a State of Emergency, just by giving an Order orally, without the need for written orders or Digitally Signed emails etc., with the power to suspend all our civil rights and liberties, order forced evacuations, order the destruction of property without compensation etc. This Bill does not actually provide the the necessary funding, training and coordination between Emergency "Responders" to actually cope with a large scale Emergency.
The lack of this training and preparedness in the UK was demonstrated by those selfsame Members of the House of Commons during by their negligent and irresponsible evacuation of the Commons Chamber, before proper biological, chemical and radioactive contamination checks could be made after the recent purple powder" incident.
We fear that they have just potentially facilitated a future constitutional Coup D'Etat or "permanent state of emergency" dictatorship.
This has been a dismal failure of Parliament and the Opposition to provide proper democratic checks and balances on the Government bureaucracy.
There has been a similar dismal failure of the UK media to report on or analyse the controversial Emergency Powers in part 2.