Yes, it’s Fucking Political

British politics is so fucking rubbish, isn’t it? They’re all corrupt, slimy, humourless, sinister bastards who want us to shut the fuck up, go to work, go home, pay our taxes without complaint and let them get on with starting World War III.

If voting changed anything, they’d get rid of it. A million people can march through the streets of London and STILL our Great Leaders will invade countries with predictably catastrophic consequences, and there’s nothing you can do about it. 

Jacqui Smith announced today that Detention Without Charge : Round 2 is coming. I know it’s probably futile, but please consider writing to your MP. That’s the way the system works, ignore it if you like, but if you agree that the principle of habeus corpus is worth trying to preserve, this is pretty much the only way to do it. This is what I wrote to my man Simon Hughes – adapt it for your elected egomaniacal-moron-in-a-suit if you’re feeling lazy.

Apologies if you’re disappointed to find some sincerity here. Sardonic prose will be returning after this brief intermission.

Mr Hughes, 

I hope you will be loudly opposing the Government’s
latest effort to push Britain towards banana republicanism
by losing sight of the urgent need to protect habeus
corpus from compromise.

As you are certainly aware, Jacqui Smith has today
said that the government wants to increase the length
of time that terror suspects can be held without
charge to 42 days.

Whilst I believe that your party opposes such an
increase, there are viewpoints that I rarely hear
presented as emphatically as they should be.

I would be grateful if as my elected representative,
you could raise some of these issues in parliament.

I do not deny the existence of threats to our society
from Islamic extremists. I accept that the dangers
arising from terrorism can justify restrictions on
individual liberty in limited cases. However, a few
things trouble me deeply about the behaviour of our
Government in response to our current situation.

Firstly, once Goverment acquires powers, they rarely
give them up. Detaining people without charge under
any circumstances compromises the principle of habeas
corpus. Whilst the intentions of our current
Government MAY be good, who is to say how future
Governments might apply these new powers under the
law? Who defines terrorism? Can the definition change?
If so, does the law change? There’s no clarity on the
circumstances under which these powers could be used.

Secondly, changing fundamental laws that underpin our
system of justice should happen only if there is no
alternative. There is simply no evidence that
increasing the limit from 28 days will be an effective
measure to fight terrorists. Even with the current
laws, there is no evidence that any of these measures
could have done anything to prevent, for example, the
suicide-bomb attacks on 7 July.

Thirdly, the whole Jean Charles De Menezes fiasco was
very revealing about the nature of the police force.
You could read their sense of entitlement to kill
people on suspicion alone in the subtext of all the
statements made by Ian Blair. In every case where we
have handed extra powers to the police since 9/11,
there have been many instances where they have abused
their position.

Finally, the current threat we face is not as great as
the threat from the IRA in the 70s and 80s. For
goodness’ sake, they launched a mortar attack on
Downing Street less than 20 years ago. While there may
be (allegedly) as many was 2,000 potential Islamic
terrorists in the UK right now (and what on earth is a
potential terrorist?) there were roughly 150,000 angry
Irishmen in London alone in the 80s. I remember
frequetly having delayed journeys from Birmingham New
St. due to bomb alerts, and my father remembers the same
of the London Underground in the 80s. If it wasn’t
neccesary to introduce all these sweeping powers when
there was a greater threat to the stability of our
society THEN, then what on earth is so different about
now?

Regards –

Helpless Worker Bee

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