It is our intention to show the government, media and general population, that there is a strong and overwhelming consensus that Democracy must be preserved. The defining feature of our democracy, this cornerstone of British values, is that citizens have a participatory role in political and civic life. Citizens must have a voice!
We are fighting against a permanent shift of power towards the executive. Such permanent changes in the balance of power present profound and long-term impacts on the rule of law and our rights.
No matter what your view is on lockdowns, the truth of the matter is that we are no longer in an emergency situation. Our government, however, are still operating falsely in emergency mode and relying on emergency powers to the exclusion and suspension of the ordinary functioning of the country.
Such suspension of the normal functioning of parliamentary control and judicial oversight, coupled with repressive ‘crackdowns’ on the population and the removal of basic freedoms to control the virus, exposes one of the most damaging fallacies of this crisis: that emergency management requires the suspension of rights, the rule of law and good governance-this is clearly wrong! The government’s illusory control of the minutiae of our private lives is NOT the roadmap to public health and then liberty.
History shows we face challenges of such magnitude best when we hold onto the values that define us, not when we abandon them.
Our vision is to restore the balance of power that once existed between citizens and the state.
There is no historical precedent to suggest that our democracy will spring back into full health ‘after’ this crisis, whenever that is, we will undoubtable be living with the consequences of these days and weeks for the years and decades to come. Notwithstanding this, it is our vision to return us to a free and liberated society. We envision that if we fight for democracy now, we can, in due course, return to a parliamentary democracy, follow the ‘rule of law’ and return all of our human rights.
There is strength in numbers so please sign the declaration of democracy; thereby, showing your support that democracy is a keystone that defines our nation’s character, a feature of British life that must be defended.
The original intention was for lawyers to commit, by declaration, to uphold our Democracy and get our collective message to the media and ultimately the government. We believe it is the responsibility of lawyers to help restore justice.
As word spread it became apparent that there were many other ‘concerned citizens’ who were equally as interested to declare their commitment to uphold our Democracy; therefore, we opened up the signing of the Declaration of Democracy to all concerned citizens.
“Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. “Archibald MacLeish