Not Saussure

September 26, 2006

Blair conference speech

Filed under: Blair, civil liberties, Politics — notsaussure @ 4:44 pm

No full text online as yet, as far as I can see but Full text on The Guardian site . Extracts include:

“This terrorism isn’t our fault, we didn’t cause it. It’s not the consequence of foreign policy, it’s an attack on our way of life.” ,

an assessment with which the US intelligence agencies, MI5 and Chatham House would all disagree (as Craig Murray, our former Ambassador to Uzbekistan who was sacked for kicking up a fuss about torture, points out)

“I don’t want to live in a police state or a Big Brother society or put any of our essential freedoms in jeopardy. But because our idea of liberty is not keeping pace with change in reality, those freedoms are in jeopardy.” Telegraph

which I just don’t understand; is he saying that we’re somehow jeopardising our essential freedoms by wanting to hang on to them, or what? Or is this just a rehash of President Bush’s ‘They hate our freedoms’ malarkey ?

UPDATE: No, I see he’s talking about something different:

When crimes go unpunished, that is a breach of the victim’s liberty and human rights.

When organised crime gangs are free to practice their evil, countless young people have their liberty and often their lives damaged.

When ASB goes unchecked, each and every member of the community in which it happens, has their human rights broken.

When we can’t deport foreign nationals even when inciting violence the country is at risk.

Still doesn’t make a great deal of sense.   Whenever I’ve been the victim of crime — a couple of burglaries and an attempted mugging — it’s that it’s happened at all that’s bothered me rather than that the police never caught anyone.   And, if they had caught anyone, I’m not sure I’d have thought my human rights were particularly involved in what happened or didn’t happen to the criminal.

As to the ‘when we can’t deport foreign nationals…’ business, if they’re inciting violence to the extent that the country is at risk, there’s more than enough criminal laws we can use to make them moderate their behaviour.    It might well be irritating that we can’t deport them, but I don’t see how it puts anyone at risk particularly (other than of nasty news stories in the red tops).


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