One of the best successes of online petitioning, methinks: over 100,000 signatures have been reached to submit this text:-
To members of the House of Lords,
The Lobbying Bill would stop charities and campaigning groups from speaking out on some of the most important issues facing the country and the planet, even once recent Government changes to the Bill are taken into account.
It remains an unacceptable threat to democracy and freedom of speech.
We call on you to vote for Lord Harries’ amendments to the Bill.
What’s even more important is, maybe, that the online world is to be taken seriously. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, appeals in para 1 of this this ‘Baby J’ judgement to Courts to take the realities of the internet in particular social media. The judgement was the consequence of a video having recording the forcible snatching of a baby.
Snatching children and domestic abuse has caused mothers to take their lives:
- The Sharon Grace story where a mother took herself and her two daughters into a fast flowing river in 2005 in Ireland
- Kelly Jaye - on Facebook without more details
- Sian Lloyd whose baby was taken in Ammanford in South Wales in August 2013.
How many more mothers have done this? It’s too late for them to fill in Victim Impact Statements…
As John Hemming MP says:
Social Services get involved when they shouldn’t and they don’t get involved when they should.
That’s why we’ll be in Brussels on 19 March 2014 to present our petition Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent.