Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Look out, there's a safety elephant on the rampage

Beserk elephant
Chris Lightfoot picks through the assorted lies contained in yesterday's hour-long whine from Charles Clarke (thanks, Steve!):

I've been driven to write by an idiotic speech by that right herbert, our very own Safety Elephant, the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke. Earlier this evening he spoke at the LSE on the subject of "The media and civil liberties"; his basic thesis being that New Labour hasn't eroded our civil liberties and anyway it's only doing it for our own safety.

The speech is remarkable in that almost every factual assertion Clarke made about the recent legislation of his department was false. Even for a modern Home Secretary this is a remarkable achievement — the sort of thing better left to Prime Ministers.

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