“Every worker employed in public office will have to swear an oath of allegiance to British values under plans to defeat extremism.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said it was impossible for people to play a ‘positive role’ in public life unless they accepted basic values like democracy, equality and freedom of speech. …”
…Mr Javid’s loyalty pledge would be expected to cover elected officials, civil servants, and council workers. …
…The oath could include phrases such as ‘tolerating the views of others even if you disagree with them’, as well as ‘believing in freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from abuse … a belief in equality, democracy, and the democratic process’ and ‘respect for the law, even if you think the law is an ass’.
Well, I thought I was used to rank hypocrisy from the Tory government, but this takes the biscuit.
If “post-truth politics” i.e. lying politicians is not destruction of democracy, I am not sure what is. When you look at the secret agendas underlying a lot of current Tory policy, you have to wonder what exactly their definition of democracy is.
But,if they enact this idea, I really can’t see most of the party politicians in parliament having the integrity either to refuse to swear allegiance or resign. But I guess, as usual, they see this as a law that is needed for other people and that it shouldn’t apply to them.