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May 27, 2007

Tony Blair on Civil Liberties

You know, The Maximum Tone makes some very good points in this article about the conflict between civil liberties and the dangers of terrorism:

We have chosen as a society to put the civil liberties of the suspect, even if a foreign national, first.

Yes, quite rightly.

Over the past five or six years, we have decided as a country that except in the most limited of ways, the threat to our public safety does not justify changing radically the legal basis on which we confront this extremism.


Their right to traditional civil liberties comes first.

Well, a slight quibble: our rights to civil liberties come first.

But having made these exemplary points, he then goes on to disagree with all of them. Which is something of a pity, the arguments coming as they do from a lawyer brought up in the legal system which first created all of these civil liberties in the first place.

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About the lawyer thing, Tim.

Blair's specialism was/is Trade Union law - light years away from human rights law, which is his wife's thing.

Posted by: Unity | May 27, 2007 10:32:39 AM

Tim, your message looks distinctly unco-operative to me and you know what that could mean . . .

Posted by: Bob B | May 27, 2007 10:46:31 AM

Thanks Unity. I should otherwise have assumed that his speciality was doing the photocopying. In fact, are you quite sure it wasn't?

Posted by: dearieme | May 27, 2007 12:51:40 PM


Tony went to Oxford University to read jurisprudence at St John's College.

Posted by: IanP | May 27, 2007 3:59:25 PM

And his time there was obviously wasted, if he thinks the Magna Carta should be done away with because it's not convenient.

Oh, look at the time - 1984 already.

Posted by: Anonymouse | May 27, 2007 4:55:14 PM

"Their right to traditional civil liberties comes first."

Roger's Version: "Their right to traditional civil liberties in their own country comes first".

Quite happy to export English Common Law to whomsoever wants it. Be nice to have it back here, come to think of it.

Posted by: Roger Thornhill | May 27, 2007 5:07:35 PM

Mr. Blair seems very confused about the definition of "civil liberty". It means freedom from oppression BY THE STATE. So when he talks about the "civil liberty to be free of terrorism" is he saying that the state is involved in terrorism?

Actually, I'm sure he knows this and it's just his psychosis talking.

Posted by: Kay Tie | May 27, 2007 6:00:57 PM

Stop waffling! Blair is an out and out CUNT! He does not care what any of you think.
Bad boys, bad boys what yer gonna do what yer gonna do when they come for you? Because dear chaps, they will be coming for you. All you're doing is waffling. You think they're going to stop at this?

Posted by: cujimmy | May 27, 2007 6:20:57 PM