British Prime Minister Theresa May has used her commanding lead in the polls to introduce a myriad of unpopular policies in the Conservative Party manifesto, including a raft of regulation measures aimed at controlling what can be searched for, posted or downloaded on the internet. These Orwellian measures have been including almost like small print at the end of the manifesto, and are already proving to be controversial.
“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet. We disagree,” says the manifesto pledge.
The sweeping new powers will include provisions to transfer the regulation of content from the individual service providers to the government, who will make it more difficult to access certain materials online. The manifesto pledge offers the example of graphic pornography, but critics believe – not without foundation – that the government will use these powers to control content that is critical of globalist political policies.
“We will put the responsibility on industry not to direct users to hate speech, pornography and other sources of harm”, the pledge goes on to say.
The plans also go on to state that, in the context of ‘fake news’, the government will have the power to regulate the information that is available to people online. Under the guise of “protecting the freedom of the press”, the Conservative Party wants to shut down news from non-globalist sources, with reasonably reliable sites such as Infowars and Breitbart News already earmarked as ‘fake news’ due to their nationalist-leaning angles of reporting.
Furthermore, the government wants to introduce a fines system, whereby internet providers will be forced to comply with the new laws by way of financial penalties. The new powers will compel companies, by law, to take down any content the government decides falls foul of these regulations, but they are predictably vague on what is considered to be unlawful material.
These new proposals come against the backdrop of the deeply unpopular Investigatory Powers Act (2016), which gave the security services unprecedented powers to spy on every single internet user in the country against their wishes and without their knowledge. It seems that the government are intent on further entrenching their control of the internet, with the Conservative manifesto openly stating that the British government wants to become “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet” should they win next month’s general election.
The fact of the matter is that, in a time when nationalists have had their political views criminalised under the guise of “hate speech laws”, these new powers are aimed at closing down the last corners of free speech in the public sphere. Content that criticises the globalist agenda is designated for censorship just as much as ISIS propaganda is, therefore it is the duty of the people of Britain to reject this government and its Orwellian-style criminalisation of thought.
The Tories’ poll lead has slipped in recent weeks, as their arrogance has led to a series of unpopular policy announcements, including financial attacks on pensioners, potentially raising taxes on the middle classes, and of course now the control of the internet. As a result of this, Theresa May has also seen her personal popularity ratings consistently fall over the past few weeks.
“A people that elects corrupt politicians are not victims, but accomplices” – George Orwell