Saturday, 29 November 2008

A Police State? or just another cockup

I stand amazed at the action of the police against an elected representative in my country. The BBC report compares the event with the entry of King Charles I into the Commons in 1642 - which led to the civil war.

Did this happen as a result of some grand plan to create a police state in the UK? Certainly not, it is the result of a series of foolish and ill thought through reforms and processes - and of course a number of fools implementing them. The fact that the Speaker of the House of Commons was informed in advance, and did not tell the police to stop, indicates that he is either pathetic or stupid (or both). Yes, I know this is libel. I really don't care.

What we have is a country that probably has more apparatchiks per head of population than the Soviet Union at its peak (or is that trough). The police are so overactive that they can act against a Member of Parliament with apparent impunity. The only question left is how many of our other representatives have the courage to stand up against this and defend hard fought for freedoms.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

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