Hallowe’en protest: Nightmare on Parliament Street
MPs are bloodsuckers in the “Parliament of the Living Dead"
“No more dead votes and mind-dead MPs"
Spook the unfair voting system
7.15pm, Friday 30 October, 2009.
Parliament Square, Westminster, SW1.
Come dressed as a zombie, vampire, ghost, skeleton or witch.
Friday’s Hallowe’en protest is organised by the voting reform campaign coalition, Vote for a Change, which is leading calls for a more accountable parliament and a referendum on the voting system on the same day as the next general election.
The protest in Parliament Square will be followed by:
8 pm – Zombie Walk spooks Whitehall, scares Downing Street and finally ghosts Trafalgar Square.
8.30pm, after(life) party, at Tiger Tiger, Piccadilly. Free entry and a free drink. (29 The Haymarket, near Piccadilly Circus).
Peter Tatchell, protest supporter and human rights campaigner, said:
“MPs are political zombies, the living dead. As well as being shamed and discredited by the expenses scandal, they are bloodsuckers who feast on the decaying corpse of an unfair, unrepresentative voting system. Not a single MP was elected by a majority of their constituents.
“We want an end to the foul, rotting first-past-the-post voting system that allows MPs and governments to elected, even if they have only minority support. We want fair votes, proportional representation and a government that has the backing of a majority of the voters,” he said.
Willie Sullivan from the Vote for a Change campaign added:
"Some people may have noticed the smell around Westminster in the last few months: the rotting corpse of British democracy
"Instead of men and women with independent minds and souls, we see mindless ghouls shambling through the voting lobbies. We see elections in hundreds of safe seats throughout the land, where even a corpse could win a 'job for life'.
"This is the Parliament of the Living Dead.
"And what's the best way to deal with a zombie? We're reliably informed it involves blunt force trauma to the head, or separating the brain from the spinal column.
"Westminster's soulless residents appear to be canvassing for a Second Job in George Romero's latest movie. So this Hallowe’en we're giving MPs a treat: a visit from some rosette clad cadavers, who will be heading to Parliament with the demand that things must change.
"Our dead democracy needs defibrillator volts to the chest, and that starts with a referendum on fair votes. We need a parliament where voters' voices are heard, all votes count and where MPs are truly accountable; a parliament that's quite simply better equipped to do its job in representing us, the voters.
"Come and join in the Hallowe’en fun and scare the life into British democracy," said Mr Sullivan.
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Notes to editors:
The 'Vote for a Change' campaign is leading the call for a referendum on the voting system in the wake of the expenses crisis. It is based on the premise that politics is too important to be left to the politicians.
The Vote for a Change campaign has attracted support from thousands of ordinary citizens, heads of prominent civil society and membership organisations. It has now been promised talks with ministers after an appeal to the Prime Minister signed by 2000 of its supporters. More information is available via the 'Vote for a Change' website. http://www.voteforachange.co.uk/Click here to return to the Democracy Index