Art 10(1) HRA 98 provides that,
“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority…”
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits Congress from interfering with a citizen’s freedom of speech or petition.
‘I know in my heart if they had not gagged us again like that Thomas would be alive today as they wanted to go and get information over the next few days.
A week later Thomas was dead.
A secret trip by a senior, and in my view, vengeful local authority officer to the court resulted in me being gagged again.
I was unable to get to the people who could do something to help, and that cost Thomas his life.
It was under the pretext of being in his best interests that the application to silence me was made.
But it was because I criticised them for failing to look after my son properly and commissioning such appalling services’
Paula Rawnsley, mother of Thomas.
Anybody, can be gagged by the Court of Protection, if it is deemed to be in an incapacitated’s ‘best interests’.
So the Court of Protection found, a mother’s attempts, to gain help, for her dying son, was not in his ‘best interests’ .
Because, it would breach his right to privacy, and, as his services were being criticised, might affect future service provision.
So, Thomas, or, any ‘incapable’, is allowed, only one right, a right to personal privacy ?
Yet, they are not allowed a moment’s privacy, in their 24/7 surveillance living.
Nor, in any aspect of their life.
But, their own complaints, and, desperate cries for help are private, and must be protected , as must their abusive care provision?.
The Voice of Silence
From Great to Small
Its Empire grows
But dare not speak
Its evil flows
To such a peak
That, the faceless many are thrown in the pit
Where souls writhe
And gorge on spit.
But the voice of Silence slithers in the night
And the manacled hand gives up the fight.