Britain's Emerging Police State
Like my fellow blogger Jultra, I have relatively little to say about this observer article by Henry Porter in
The Observer, except "read it!" and comment below.
In some parts of the British intelligentsia, it's still rather bon-ton to go "tut tut" when you mention Britain's slide downwards towards totalitarian control of its population and the fact that the target isn't just the great unwashed masses either.
In the name of fighting "global terror", a problem largely of our own making, there is no end to what the current mediocracy, posing as HMG, is willing to introduce to curb dissent, reduce civil liberties, spy on its citizens, stop us from demonstrating and generally give IT and CCTV business a stiff Christmas bonus...
Yet our Great British Public remains largely comatose to all this. The apathy due to a combination of being both overworked and plied with an endless stream of mindless televised "entertainment" makes it rather easy for the Government to erode rights that the Nation has had to struggle for, for hundreds of years.
It is this unwillingness and/or incapacity to see the Government's post 9/11 "security measures" for what they really are, that poses one of the greatest threats of our society. Don't let me have to say "I told you so"...
Keywords: civil liberies, CCTV, spying, Blair, Bush, terrorism, government, New Labour