Attention ALL Protesters LISTEN TO AND PROMOTE THIS VIDEO AMONGST YOUR PROTEST GROUPS REGARDLESS OF STYLE OF *OCCUPATION*.
#Occupy#WowPetition NHS etc
John’s advice is based on Occupy and hence in my mind is radical meaning your Legal Advice and representation is based on the most radical expressions of Protest, the most Radical being #Occupy and the implied agenda to OCCUPY WHERE WE ARE PRESENTLY OCCUPIED.
SOME Examples of illegal or Unjust Occupation
- Supermarket Exploitation of Customers and Workers for Profit not Service’
- Companies occupying Workers Work-Life Balance jeopardising private relationships, love lives, sex lives, social life, children etc. Endemic, pervasive, saturating, denying.
- Slum Landlord exploitation of Tenants to pay their Mortgages, whilst WE ARE NOT ABLE TO HAVE OR PAY FOR OURS.
- The Superich Elite buying out properties in London etc so Mr and Ms Average cannot purchase a house.
- Workfare Exploitation of the sick,disabled and unemployed NO hope of gainful employment/voluntary work that would actually get them anywhere in life in terms of skills etc.
- Of course Lawyer Exploitation by MOJ, the Taper Fees. Graduated Fee System forcing them into situation to put themselves at financial risk or risk guilty pleas.
- The closure of Libraries so working class cannot self educate themselves into jobs,work, skills etc. Self Learning is my way into all kinds of amateur knowledge well done so no weeping into Blackstones/Archbold or into your Lecture Notes etc.
- The Suppression of self learners by Virginia Woolf of the Bloomsbury Set so self learning is not the royal road DONE RIGHTLY to professional work ie academia, writing, law??!!! etc https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/549385.The_Intellectual_Life_of_the_British_Working_Classes
- Cost of Living soaring and Profit taking on an increasingly embattled populace.
- Nudge Theory and non Law based solutions to avoid Legal Liability see also Boilerplate Contracts (I am ignorant of Contract Law but what little I have read of a book on Boilerplate Contracts tells me they are a bad thing)
- Exploitation of Nature. Pollution hotspots for profit. Counter #makeecocideacrime
- Exploitation of animals. Animal Husbandry for meat corruption of biological processes etc risking human health for a good cause. BSE, Salmonella etc crises.
- A reckless Banking System that exploits the Government for bailouts whilst imposing it’s own will and policies on an increasingly embattled electorate fighting for survival.
So taken above
This marks him out as a Radical Lawyer in my books. One who is totally committed to peoples Legal rights, Human Rights, Protest Law with concomitant total dedication to the underdog; as befits Criminal Lawyers.
John’s advice to the Protesters is the following and what cracking advice it is.
Notice he treats us #NonLawyers as intelligent able Human Beings able to grasp the minutae of Legislation with a little help from our Law Books to guide us through its minefields, pitfalls, and endless unique complexities.
So Legislation mentioned by John.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000
How to make an FOI Request
STATE OF PLAY ON FOI
I believe the Government would like to stop FOI requests, like the people’s access to Justice, the NHS, Benefits Safety net etc.
The Health and Safety Legislation so Occupy Camps are safe, healthy, and most importantly within the Law to it’s minutest degree.
USE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION MAKE SURE YOU KNOW IT DO BETTER THAN THEM. UNDERSTAND THE LAW, USE THE LAW, MAKE THE LAW A TOOL FOR YOU. DON’T LET THE LAW BE WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF YOUR OPPONENTS.
The Data Protection Act 1998
We have had stories of Data Leaks, sloppy carelessness by Companies all to throw into the proverbial pile here.
Then he takes us to the whole business of going to Law ourselves.
By using Injunctions using Proper Legal Procedure
and using Private Prosecutions
HERE we are reminded by the Justice Gap that we so-called ordinary members of the Public can bring Private Prosecutions
No mean thing aye but one would as a member of Joe Public or #wonderfulNonLawyer be challenged up to the nth degree to do the above, but such actions would be most empowering within the framework of the Law. So Joe Public better get into his Law Books then!
Reading books to help you circumnavigate the Law clearly would be helpful.
Here is my Amazon Wish list for a few ideas..
John rightly advises us in the long term to win hearts and minds to CHANGE THE LAW and or GET NEW LAWS MADE. It is only ultimately in the long run by listing the Law and Legal Instruments to their greatest advantage that Protesters can ultimately triumph.
As he says the work you do to make your site conform to the Law in it’s tinest degree helps us YOUR LAWYERS (SOLICITOR FIRM AND BARRISTERS) TO DO OUR WORK BECAUSE WE ARE DOING WHAT YOU NEED TO SURVIVE IN LEGAL TERMS.
So to conclude: this important video by the wonderful John Cooper QC (one of my all time favourites!!!) needs to be seen far and wide.
To #WOWPetition to NHS, to Probation Protesters etc.#SaveUKJustice
Because John credits us Joe Public with enough intelligence and legal pzzzazz to carry it off.