Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Freedom is taking a battering under kneejerk New Labour

"In 1951 we were the first country to ratify the European Convention on Human Rights. British lawyers were leading authors of the convention. It was a natural expression of Britain's moral self-confidence in the postwar years, an assertion of the universal liberal values that had thwarted the threat of fascism and tyranny in Europe. Above all, it was a statement of the inalienable rights we all enjoy, to be free from unjustified state intrusion and abuse. A continent that had been drenched in the blood of militant collectivism had rediscovered the simple, liberal belief in the rights of individual citizens to a life unmolested by arbitrary government abuse." —Nick Clegg MP

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