New Labour’s creeping totalitarianism

Broken window of Jewish shopAs you’re walking to work, imagine you pass a broken shop window. Later on, you hear that other shop windows have been broken, all belonging to an unpopular group of people. Such was Crystal Night, the first time that ordinary Germans realised that something was wrong.

The date was 9th Novermber, 1938. Hitler had been in power for almost 6 years. Goebbels spun that story in a way that blamed it on the Jews. Indeed, one might call it a stupid move, for why would a government ever want to reveal that it’s a fascist dictatorship?

Until recently, the media have been more likely to report such threats to freedom in other countries with the bizarre consequence that the US Patriot Act is widely considered to be worse than anything we have here.  But this Government has passed 10+ laws more crushing of their citizens’ freedoms than the Patriot Act does for Americans.  Here is a list of the top 4 totalitarian laws and what they really should have been called:

Creeping democracy bypass:
Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006

Instant dictatorship:
Civil Contingencies Act 2004

Total surveillance:
Identity Cards Act 2006

Unlimited internet surveillance:
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

The threat posed by New Labour only becomes obvious when all the creeping totalitarian legislation is seen as a whole.

The above links go to blog entries which pertain to them.  You may also read about the tragedy of errors that is the War on Terror or how to make Britain a democracy again.

The side-panel to the right shows recent posts in chronological  order. I can also recommend the blogs linked there as they are a lot better than mine.

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