Demo for democracy: Saturday May 8th 2pm Trafalgar Square

A post-election protest will take place in the UK on Saturday to demand reform and a fair voting system.
Guy Aitchison
5 May 2010



This election campaign has seen repeated promises of “change” and a “new politics” from politicians keen to show they understand the public’s anger at a corrupt and broken political system. 

But unless we make clear we are serious about the need for reform, politicians will assume they can get back to the same old politics.

The election is too close to call but one result is guaranteed – our unfair voting system will deliver a random outcome which does not reflect what people voted for. The party which comes third in the popular vote could even come first in terms of the number of seats it wins.

No matter what the colour of your political stripes, this is a democratic travesty and can’t continue. We need to show that this is unacceptable. 

Gather Saturday 2pm May 8th in Trafalgar Square to demand fair votes. 

This must be the last election under our broken system.  

No more wasted votes. No more stitch ups. 

A large coalition of organisations, from the greens to the labour movement, to faith groups and community activists, are joining the call for change. 

People are organising through Facebook - with smaller demos being organised across the UK as well. Join on Facebook and invite your friends.

We will gather Saturday 2pm in Trafalgar Square to demand the urgent change our democracy needs – wear purple, the colour of democracy and the franchise.

We need to seize this moment to push for the urgent reform our democracy needs.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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