Con­tempt shown to the Lo­cal­ism Bill

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE Tory Party made much of the Lo­cal­ism Bill brought in by the present gov­ern­ment as giv­ing more democ­racy to the peo­ple.

As soon as a se­ri­ous lo­cal is­sue such as the Khalsa School, in Stoke Po­ges, arose with huge op­po­si­tion from the lo­cal peo­ple and twice re­fused by the lo­cal Tory parish and dis­trict coun­cils, it was over­ruled by the gov­ern­ment.

What sort of gov­ern­ment is it that over­rides its own loyal sup­port­ers, show­ing com­plete con­tempt for lo­cal peo­ple and it’s own Lo­cal­ism Bill?

Now is the time for the ev­ery­one to wake up and re­alise that none of the three main par­ties can be trusted in any­thing they say or do.

Hence the me­te­oric rise of UKIP to coun­ter­act them, the only party which can be trusted to stand up for our coun­try and real democ­racy.

With your support, UKIP could move moun­tains as has been seen in the re­cent elec­tions.

JOHN GOOD­ING Ad­dress sup­plied

would be a vi­o­la­tion of im­por­tant rights.

He at­tributes this to my ‘en­thu­si­asm for the Euro­pean courts’. He is en­tirely mis­taken.

I had al­ways un­der­stood UKIP sup­port­ers to wish to be seen as staunch uphold­ers of our common law and of the prin­ci­ples of Magna Carta.

Ar­ti­cle 29 of Magna Carta, which is still in force, ex­pressly states that ‘no free­man shall be …. out­lawed or ex­iled….but by law­ful judg­ment of his peers or the law of the land’.

That is ex­actly what the pro­posed mea­sure would en­tail. It would pre­vent a per­son re­turn­ing to his own home­land to an­swer grave charges against him and face the proper con­se­quences if con­victed.

Un­der­min­ing the rule of law and due process in this way is not a good way for­ward and un­likely to im­prove our se­cu­rity.

I can­not es­cape the con­clu­sion that when it comes to our his­toric lib­er­ties, Mr Scott is very se­lec­tive as to how they should ap­ply.

DO­MINIC GRIEVE MP for Bea­cons­field

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