Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Something is rotten in the House of Commons

"There is an authoritarian cancer in the British system that has metastasised. From the Treasury-inspired 'transformational government', to local council CCTV, to the interception modernisation programme that proposes to 'live tap' all electronic communication, to ID cards — you name it, it seems, and they will be onto it — an official will is at work to police, control, arrest and expel. It regards restraints, from the Human Rights Act to parliamentary scrutiny as 'old thinking'. And it is turbo-charged by the huge funding opportunities that 'new thinking' permits." —Anthony Barnett

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