Lobbying

Lobbying

The most helpful thing you can do is to write to your MP. This works best if you use your own words, rather than a circular or form letter. If you need some useful arguments you can find them here.

Your Freedom ratings

Backlash has been advised by members of the government that the Your Freedom site has immense significance on the government’s decisions to repeal or change existing laws.

After 10th September, people won’t be able to rate and contribute to the yourfreedom site, so time is of the essence!

There are approximately 16 entries on the government’s your freedom site http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/ regarding the repeal of Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act’s Extreme Pornography laws.

If each person took a few minutes to read and rate them, then sent a memo to 5 of their friends to do the same, and so on, the increased momentum gathering for a repeal of the law would be incredible.

Click here to see a list of the existing posts arguing for repeal.

Writing letters

If you’re planning to write to your MP or peers, ministers, etc, remember that these people represent you. If they’re backing legislation – especially if it’s legislation you don’t agree with – it’s their job to explain themselves.

So it’s not enough for them to simply register their disagreement with you. They have to explain why they do. When they give justifications, see if the justifications work. (For counter-arguments see false/misleading claims and Government’s justifications ).

If the justifications don’t work, remember you have the right to ask further questions. If you do, they have to take you seriously. They might find it a chore, but at the end of the day they work for you. You have the right to expect adequate answers to your questions, and it’s their obligation to provide them.

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