Last Chance: Free black taxi ride in central London and all for a good cause
Three London black cabs have been transformed into mobile ‘sound-off’ booths’ equipped with Apple iPads and iPhones so that Londoners can voice their opinions about the government’s plans to remove vital Legal Aid support from millions of Britons.
Today is the last day to hail a cab and do something for the greater good and not pay a penny for it… what could be better for your wallet and your conscience?
Created by Sound Off For Justice to help raise awareness, propose alternative reforms and give Londoners a chance to have their say, the three taxis will tour the capital for five days from Monday 16th May to Friday 20th May, offering passengers the chance to sound off while travelling across central London. The Sound Off For Justice taxis will cover Zones 1 and 2.
Each cab will be equipped with both an Internet capable Apple 3G iPad and iPhone 4, so busy Londoners can easily sign the campaign’s online petition or join its unique voicemail protest. These voice messages will then be sent to Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, asking him to re- think legal aid cuts that will leave millions of Britons without access to justice and a voice in court.
The three mobile protest booths will carry the distinctive Sound Off For Justice logo of Lady Justice armed with a megaphone, along with the campaign’s colours of red, black and white. A concierge, who’ll be able to inform passengers on how to use the electronic equipment and join the online petition, will accompany all the cabs.
The public can track the location of the nearest Sound Off For Justice taxi by following the @soundoffjustice profile on Twitter, Facebook or by checking the Sound Off For Justice website at www.soundoffforjustice.org.
The Sound Off For Justice campaign has already attracted support from public figures and MPs including Jemima Khan, Joanna Lumley, Bianca Jagger, deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman MP, The Gurkhas, Alistair McGowan, Jenny Éclair and Michael Mansfield QC amongst others.
Commenting on the launch of the Sound Off For Justice taxis, The Law Society’s President, Linda Lee, said: “The government’s plans to remove Legal Aid will leave people from all walks of life without access to justice. The Ministry of Justice estimate that if they make these cuts 70,000 Londoners alone will be excluded. The taxis are a great way of allowing members of the public to join our campaign and to express their views on the planned cuts. Many people have told me of the difference that legal aid made to their lives and I hope they will share their experiences.”
Bianca Jagger added: “What is the purpose of having rights if you can’t enforce the law? Legal Aid gives ordinary people access to legal protection, this access is being threatened by the proposed UK government’s cuts. Some of the most important breakthroughs in law have taken place with the help of Legal Aid. The right not to be discriminated against, rights to work, the right not to be exploited, rights to housing, and the right to speak out in the face of medical negligence has all been possible through the use of Legal Aid. The old green form scheme provided a lifeline for people with legal problems who did not know where to go. It is bad enough that it has gone. These cuts will make the situation worse. I support Sound Off For Justice to protect these rights and maintain access to justice.”
The Law Society’s Sound Off For Justice campaign is asking the public to put pressure on the Government to reconsider proposed cuts to Legal Aid, which it believes are ill conceived and unfair. Under the government proposals clinical negligence, family law, education, non-asylum immigration and housing cases will be taken out of Legal Aid’s scope, meaning some of the most vulnerable members of society will lose vital access to justice and the ability to challenge wrongful decisions in court. The campaign is proposing alternative reforms that will save more than the government’s own proposals, whilst still protecting Legal Aid funding for millions of Britons.
Visit www.soundoffforjustice.org for more information and sign the online petition to show support – go on do something good today!