Malevolent voices that despise our freedoms

Finally the erosion of our Civil liberties appears to be hitting the main stream media, via a rather excellent article in the Times by the Childrens Author Philip Pullman. If you don’t read anything else today make sure you read:
Malevolent voices that despise our freedoms

Though oddly now it’s vanished, one could almost get paranoid about such a thing. Fortunately despite going from google cache as well (I guess keeping it must have been evil) it wasn’t properly vanished. So there is a copy below the cut tag and links to other peoples copies below so you can double check for edits. Best to save it from further vanishing.

(Via Old Holborn, Hat Tip Van Helsing)

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And Blunkett makes three.

Following the old maxim of not believing anything until it has been officially denied three times, I think it is safe to now accept that even if we’re not yet a police or surveillance society we’re definitely heading that way at a considerable rate of knots and it’s no longer paranoid to be worried about it.

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Very exceptional circumstances

Recently a Home Office spokesman said that the new provisions in the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 would only be used in “very exceptional circumstances“, which has of course been claimed before for various bits of legislation that have subsequently, and to little surprise, been used in very unexceptional circumstances. However this does reinforce the idea that this (and probably most any other) government are quite happy to bring in legislation to deal with “exceptional circumstances” before such circumstances arise. Then there’s the continual attempts to bring in 42 day detention with out trial, just in case it’s needed at some indeterminate point in the future. So it would seem that pre-emptive legislation is somewhat à la Mode, and it really doesn’t matter if it’s already illegal, duplicate legislation is quite OK.
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