Monday, April 24, 2006

Blair's authoritarian populism is indefensible and dangerous

Crossed lines?Jenni Russell thinks that the Prime Minister is either ignorant or disingenuous in his anti-liberties crusade:

Winston Churchill spoke of the need "to proclaim, in fearless tones, the great principles of freedom and the rights of man … Magna Carta, habeas corpus, trial by jury and the common law". These principles were, said Churchill, "the title deeds of freedom … Here is the message of the British and American people to mankind. Let us preach what we practice: let us practice what we preach."

As Blair, too, preaches the spread of western values, he ought to remember what they really mean.

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