I’m truly sorry to be writing to you today about domestic
legislation, when the most important matter at hand should be
supporting the people of Ukraine.
We had hoped that these shocking events
would cause the government to stop and think about pushing through its
undemocratic legislative agenda.
We fully anticipated that they would pause
for thought on both the Policing Bill and the Elections Bill, but
sadly that has not been the case.
Best for Britain has paused or toned down
much of the campaigning activity planned for the next couple of weeks,
including meetings with parliamentarians, emails to activists and
supporters like you, and crowdfunding appeals to make all this
Late on Monday
in the House of Commons, even Robert Jenrick spoke of his concerns
about the Policing Bill in an impassioned intervention, which shows
that everything we’ve done so far has really cut through, even to
Conservative MPs and former ministers.
But then he said that he wouldn’t vote
against it…So it looks like we still have some work to
Britain has urged the government to improve safe passage routes for
people to seek refuge in the United Kingdom. But it is perplexing that
Ukranians will be arriving in a country with potentially stricter
protest laws than where they have fled from. It’s a similarly
embarrassing contradiction that those arriving from Hong Kong find
themselves in the same position.
We would have thought that Home Secretary
Priti Patel’s time was better spent on welcoming those in need, rather
than making sure you can’t march in parliament square - but this is
where we are.
we wish we could focus our efforts this week on issues like the
failure to implement sanctions quick enough, or on the right people -
we can’t afford to stop watching what they’re doing with the unholy
trinity of Bills.
They’re not stopping, so
neither shall we.
to do all this campaigning costs real money. We had expected to run a
crowdfunding campaign over the last week to make sure we have the
funds to fight these Bills, but understandably we’ve decided against
We won’t be running
any crowdfunders until the situation improves, but
if you do want to become a regular supporter, or make a small one-off
donation to this important work, you can do so here.
We aren’t going to let them get away with
meddling in elections, or watering down the rights of British, just
because people are looking in the other direction.
While we strongly show our solidarity and
support for those in Ukraine over the next few weeks, we must also be
sure to defend democracy at home - even if it feels insignificant in
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democracy faces are unrelenting, and so must we be. Will you support
Best for Britain with a regular
gift of £10 per month? While all eyes are rightly on Ukraine, and
our thoughts are with those fighting for freedom and suffering war and
loss, nevertheless our work continues.