"I will pay regular amounts into a fund to legally fight against new consultation proposals put forward by Graham Badman and accepted by Ed Balls but only if 1,000 other people will do the same."
— Steve Mckie
Deadline to sign up by: 19th October 2009
138 people signed up, 862 more were needed
Country: United Kingdom
1.Enforced inspections in our homes.
2.Enforced interviews of children, unsupervised by government officials.
and both without any suspicion of a crime.
Whilst the review of Graham Badman is specific to home education and is bad enough in itself, I fear that this is the thin edge of the wedge.
This review introduces, for the first time in English law, the idea that the state has the right to be able to intrude and stamp on human rights, without any suspicion of a crime what-so-ever.
Whilst I agree that some crimes are deplorable, I fundamentally believe that the state should not have an all-knowing, all-pervasive ability to inspect our lives in the name of crime prevention. Crime prevention must legal, justified, proportional and reasonable.
To this end I will fight with everything I have to get these proposals consigned to the dust-bin. I will make regular payments to a fund that will financially support any home-edder who has the guts to stand up to the government, to pay the best legal minds and to take the matter to the highest courts in the land.
Steve Mckie, the Pledge Creator, joined by: