Loss of some freedom and greater regulation is sold to us as necessary for a well-ordered society. But ours has thrived on freedom. Its curtailment undermines the capacity of individuals for self restraint, creates resentment and inhibits the development with others of shared values and goals. If we are not careful our children will find themselves deprived of a valuable heritage.
Mr. Grieve needs to convince his party leader that this is a more valuable argument to pursue than the Sun's hysterical campaign against the Human Rights Act.