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February 24, 2005

The Dear Leader on Liberty.

The Maximum Tone has spoken on the subject of Civil Liberties. Somewhat confused I fear:

I have absolutely no doubt about the main duty of any prime minister: it is to do everything possible to protect the security of our nation and its citizens.

Err, no. You’re supposed to be protecting the freedoms and liberties of the nation and its citizens. The security of is a sub-set, only one amongst a number of things that make up the whole.

The Law Lords are the highest court in the land.

Only in the most technical sense, that they are the highest court that sits in this land. Come along laddie, your wife makes a fortune out of pointing out that there are at least two European Courts which can over ride the Law Lords.

These measures have the support of our police chiefs and our security forces. Indeed, they were drawn up with their assistance.

Just what worries us. Quis custodiet ipsos custodies? In our system, the courts, juries, Habeus Corpus and all the rest.

I reject completely the allegation that this is a fundamental attack on long-standing civil liberties.

Your rejection does not change the self evident truth that it is such an attack.

We have to balance protection for the public from terrorism with safeguarding civil liberties. But there is no greater civil liberty than to live free from terrorist attack.

Indeed, one must balance. The greatest civil liberty is to live free, something that to my mind at least includes the fact that one cannot be deprived of liberty just because some  politician says so.

Ben Frankiln said it some years ago:

They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.


But then that’s entirely too American a thought for the modern Europe, eh Prime Minister?

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Comments

I couldn't have put it better. The bit I really can't understand is how Blair and his crew started out in politics believing in justice and freedom and ended up being more illiberal even than Thatcher.

Posted by: Andrew | Feb 24, 2005 9:47:41 AM

Well they are technically the highest court in the land, but we are ruled by foreign laws nowadays.

Posted by: GGO Editor | Feb 24, 2005 11:08:01 AM