Sunday, February 26, 2006

Trust me, I am Blair

PC BlairTony Blair has a bizarre article in today's Observer claiming that he is protecting our liberties:

This government has introduced the Human Rights Act, so that, for the first time, a citizen can challenge the power of the state solely on the basis of an infringement of human rights, and the Freedom of Information Act, the most open thing any British government has done since the Reform Acts of the 1830s. We have devolved more power than any government since the 1707 Act of Union introduced transparency into political funding and restricted the Prime Minister's right to nominate to the House of Lords.

The problem for Blair's case is that these were all long-standing Labour party policies, championed by politicians such as Robin Cook. The Freedom of Information Act was watered down by Blair as it went through Parliament, and Blair has introduced derogations under the Human Rights Act to allow his government to introduce policies such as detention without trial that would otherwise be illegal.

His article then moves on to the usual "ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery" Newspeak justifications:

In theory, traditional court processes and attitudes to civil liberties could work. But the modern world is different from the world for which these court processes were designed.

This is really quite a staggering claim. We live in such unique times that court processes and civil liberties that have evolved in the UK over the last thousand years suddenly should be thrown out by Blair and his New Labour automatons in the Commons?

What and when precisely was the event that turned A.G. Blair into a proto-fascist?

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