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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gordon Brown begins the search for eye-catching initiatives with which he can be personally associated

Oh goody. This is [irony] just what we need[/irony]: powers of arbitrary detention without charge to be doubled. And then what? From 56 days to ...... 112? 224? 448? 896?

Can Jacqui Smith remember 36 years ago? (Probably not: she was only nine years old at the time.) The government brought in indefinite detention wthout trial for "terrorist suspects". And didn't that work well? What? there was no IRA terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, was there?

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

To put it another way: if this heap of mince gets passed, the terrorists have already won.

Though as the post's title implies, the repetition may be of more recent history, to wit, Pretty Straight Tone's tabloid-driven policy-making. Maybe the cynics who reckoned the Blair-Brown transition would change nothing were right after all. Pity.

1 Comments:

At 27 July, 2007 14:39, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Come on now, about time for you guys to be more like us and let them classify people as enemy combatants and thus not covered by current laws, so they can be held indefinitely with no legal contact outside of the judicial system.

 

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