Axe The Act – Govan By Election
Vote and Support Thomas Rannachan
The Celtic Network supports Thomas Rannachan in the upcoming Govan By Election
Thomas Rannachan, is a 36 year old who is standing as an Independent candidate in the Govan by-election on Thursday 10th October 2013, under the Axe the Act banner.
As an Independent, he isn’t tied down by party politics nor does he have a political agenda to pursue either. Instead, he is standing on one particular issue, the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. A Bill forced through by the SNP when there wasn’t a need for such legislation as everything it covers, was already in force in Scots law anyway.
Instead, Thomas believes this to be a blatant attack on freedom of speech and punishing certain people for expressing their heritage and culture, which simply shouldn’t be allowed in a democratic society. His campaign is to highlight the injustices of this Bill and the cloak and dagger approach adopted by the authorities.
An experienced civil servant with a wealth of experience of youth work behind him, it’s the younger football fans he is worried for and believes that they are the ones more often than not, caught up by this Bill and wrongly punished. If elected, Thomas hopes to be a voice of reason and open up a dialogue with the Police to get more transparency on this Bill and their approach to enforcing it. And, to also take up anyone’s case who should fall foul of the Bill to offer support and fight for fairness in the ensuing process.
At the very least he believes the Bill must be reviewed and would work with serving councillors and politicians in combining their support against the Bill and showing, as confirmed by many of the country’s leading legal experts that it simply doesn’t work. In his campaign so far he has had plenty of support from the aforementioned and is in a good position to utilise this political support in fighting the illiberal law. So far in his campaign, he has managed to get the SNP candidate to admit that she would have to have the Bill looked at if its found not fit for purpose after besting her on a local radio show on the issue. And his Labour opponent has agreed to canvass their voters to give him their second preference vote on election day.
Clearly his argument is winning if his rivals are backing him!
You can follow Thomas on twitter @AXEACTGovan
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