February 15, 2006

Chris Huhne

Al Guardian has a good peice on the authoritarianism of New Labour by Chris Huhne as part of his leadership bid for the Lib-Dems. He seems to be saying a lot of good Liberal things:
Each change that ministers propose is presented as a small step that only unreasonable people could find objectionable. Each concession is presented not as a diminution of freedom, but with Orwellian doublethink as freedom from a greater threat. Thus ministers argued that the ability to lock up people without charge or trial was an essential guarantee of the freedom not to be blown up.

Slice by tiny slice, we are waking up in a society where our traditional freedoms are draining away. Surveillance and the Big Brother state are new realities.


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