“Education, Education, Education” a slogan made famous by Tony Blair at the 1996 Labour party conference .
(“Ask me my three main priorities for government, and I tell you: education, education, education.” – 1 October 1996, Labour party conference speech)
Now some eighteen years later, there are still struggles we face to get the balance right around personal and private choice.
- in education – (Amendments to school attendance regulations – 2006 – restricting the choice and determination of time away from school in term time by parents and teachers)
- in freedom to express opinion and raise awareness – (The gagging law – preventing campaigning by voluntary and charitable organisations around the time of elections)
- in fairly and transparently determining the amount of surveillance and observation of the individual by governments – (Mass surveillance of private individuals without consent or suspicion)
Perhaps you feel strongly about an area of your personal privacy or choice being removed or gradually eroded? Then don’t acquiesce, and allow such regulations and restrictions to become the unchallenged norm in your culture, and lifestyle. Now more than ever, individuals have the options to speak out and challenge these issues and campaign for redress.
For example write to your MP via Writetothem
You still have choice, to stay quiet or to speak out – use it wisely!