The convention on modern liberty is being held today in London, around the country and online. I’m tuned into the live webcast and the flurry of tweets tagged with either #coml or #modernliberty. One common question being asked is “what happens next?” What is to be done about liberty in the United Kingdom and who should do it? I’ve heard a small number of good suggestions and calls to arms so far which I’ve listed below. I’ll continue to update this as the conference progresses.
Are you at the conference? Have I missed anything? What do you think should we should do next?
- Write to your MP and tell them you refuse consent for your data to be shared across Government, and to vote down Clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill.
- Sign up to actions on the convention’s activist website.
- Read the green paper Governance of Britain and participate in the debate.
- Make a list of liberty issues and ask your elected representatives about their position on them. Make it clear to them that these issues matter to you and your support rests on the quality of their answers.
- Sign up to and support a second Convention on Modern Liberty in February 2010.
- The public don’t know what’s going on; your job it to go out and tell them (via Alex Lambert).
- Vote in the next general election!
And here’s a list of coverage I’ve enjoyed on the web today (in order of discovery):
Phew. Now I can close a tonne of browser tabs! Please add your blog or any links I’ve missed in the comments.
Updated 2009-03-01 to start a list of good follow-up coverage (in the order in which I found them):
- http://www.tomharris.org.uk/2009/02/28/our-liberties-are-safe-with-labour (Good comments – especially this one – and not because it’s in reply to me.)
Mostly linking to blogs here as anyone can find the write-ups from the mainstream media outlets. Again, please let me know if I’ve missed anything good.
Updated 2009-03-02 to re-order the calls to action.