Friday, January 28, 2005

 

Internment Without Trial

Britain has a new Home Secretary. The previous one, David Blunkett, was forced to resign when it became clear that he had used his influence to procure a visa for theFilipina nanny in the employ of his mistress. Like most politicians, his natural reaction when confronted with this admittedly minor charge was denial, denial and denial. When it became clear that there was irrefutable proof he was forced to resign. (In a fine old British tradition, he'll be back in a different post in a few months)

The new Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, has come up with a great idea- he'll protect Britain from any and all threats, in perpetuity, by placing anyone he suspects of involvement in 'terrorism' under house arrest. He must have gotten this idea while on a fact-finding mission to Rangoon, where dissident Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for years.

What an excellent idea! With his new 'control orders' he will be able to hold incommunicado anybody the government doesn't like. People who disagree with him, for starters. In fact, if they weren't so utterly useless, I'm sure the first people to be interned would be the leaders of the so-called political opposition in the UK, the Conservative Party.

As it is, he'll every time the opposition leaders open their mouths it probably helps the Government, so Clarke'll let them remain free, while locking up people who oppose the hunting ban or protest in support of Fathers' rights. He'd probably like to lock me up for writing this blog - but, fortunately, I am in the USA.

I'm actually not too worried about any real threat to freedom in the UK. The Government is so monumentally incompetent and gutless that even if it could find the courage to try this in some of the 'minority' areas, they couldn't find anybody to lock them up, and if they did they'd probably lose track of them.

My concern is that these powers will really be abused when Britain officially becomes a province of the United States of Europe. After all, the people behind that project - the Germans and the French - have something of a penchant for repression and genocide.

Finally, my scribbling cannot match the sheer eloquence of Simon Jenkins' dissection of this odious proposal from the Times.

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Like many men before him, David Blunkett got into trouble - indirectly - as a result of his involvement in an illicit relationship. Temporarily, at least, this has cost him a well paid job where he is driven around in a fast car or flown in a helicopter, has a $3M mansion in the centre of London, and is protected from the assorted goblins who plague the defenceless citizens of Great Britain by a heavily armed team of bully boys.

Like most British politicians who fall on their sword, Blunkett will be back.

Check out this tale of a guy who indulged in a one night stand which turned into a kind of Fatal Attraction for the dotcom era...


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