Friday, May 19, 2006

Blair's values aren't British

What does Blair mean by "British values"? A.C. Grayling has a most entertaining article to explain (thanks, Owen!):

He clearly did not mean tolerance, fair-mindedness, a deep love of independence and privacy, a sense that each individual is a volunteer in society, with whom no-one has a right to interfere, and certainly not with the aim of improving him or even protecting him against his will. Mr Blair did not mean this because every illiberal instinct of his politician's body drives him in the opposite direction - the direction of ID cards, limitations on free speech, more CCTV cameras, more control, less liberty, more interference, diminution of rights, ignoring of Parliament and public opinion, and generally more corralling of the national herd into situations amenable to policing.

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