Tag Archives: Coercion

Bigotry ‘Trumps’ free speech?

With all the furore about Donald Trump retweeting something from Britain First (of which this is but one example) does, in my opinion, beggar belief.

Was not Ukip considered ‘far-right’ at one time? Did that party not force David Cameron to promise a referendum on this nation’s membership of the EU in a bid to claw back those members of the electorate that had left his party and transited to Ukip?

On a personal level I see a great deal on Twitter and in the media with which I disagreeĀ  but I don’t make a ‘song and dance’ about it as I believe everyone has a right to their views and should be able to espouse them. Neither do I think that anyone should be taken to court for having said something that offends ‘them’, ie the ‘guardians’ of society.

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Coercion within postal voting?

The Electoral Commission (for what good they are) issues guidelines concerning the code of conduct for political parties, candidates, canvassers and campaigners.

An individual may not exert, or attempt to exert, undue influence to persuade or force someone to vote, not to vote, or to vote a certain way. Someone who prevents or deters the voter from freely exercising their right to vote, or attempts to do so, may be found guilty of undue influence.

The following has been received by someone I know (details blanked) and was personally addressed to them, using their Christian name. The first page contained what I consider to be untruthful/contradictory statements, but then what political pamphlet does not. What I find questionable is the second page.

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