tag : bright yellow-green apples: out it goes,

"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Thursday, November 10, 2005

out it goes,

figure 45.7. a small hope

It's already been commented in much detail here and here, but I just wanted to add a little to the 90 days vote today. It's such a relief to see that after much intense pressure, that MPs had enough perspective to moderate the excesses of a government somewhat intoxicated on it's own fizzy rhetoric. To give police the power to detain people for up to 3 months, which, as we've been told, is equivilent to a 6 month prison sentance, would begin to shade in distinctly dodgy territory. Amnesty International campaigns on behalf people held indefinately without charge or trial for long periods of time, in various opressive situations abroad. What are the freedoms we're fighting to protect against "the terrorists", exactly?


Blogger ash said...

I'm always reminded of Star Wars III, when that princess girl says "so this is how liberty dies? to thunderous applause?" because, you see, Mr. Sith Lord, AKA the cheif of the republic, had said that he couldn't protect the Republic from outside attack because it was all disjointed with individual powers and provinces.

so, in order to protect the people, he declares that the Republic must trust him and become an Empire. To which everyone cheers.

Seems Lucas was on the ball there.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Oh dear, Ash, referring to Star Wars :-p

Thanks for the plug. I think I have said more than enough on this subject! (Though, that said, I found an interesting footnote today in a certain irrelevant newspaper)

Great stuff.

7:04 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Luckily, if this really is a sign of things to come, the various voices of the MPs are begining to find thier sense again. The full roll call can be found here. Needless to say I finally have a reason to cheer my own MP:

McLoughlin Patrick CON West Derbyshire AGAINST

12:34 AM  

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