The real conspiracy

I’d like to start a fan club for Stella Rimington for stating publicly and plainly what many people – myself included – have thought for several years now:

“It would be better that the government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism – that we live in fear and under a police state.”

It’s not something she could have said, or needed to say, when she was head of MI5 but fair play to her now for coming out and highlighting this government’s terrible duplicity.

As many people have pointed out, following this recent interview, she is to be applauded for showing respect for our civil liberties and it is to be fervently hoped that whoever is in charge of our security services at present is of a similar frame of mind.

Indeed, it is the Home Office and the Police who seem to be the true villains of the piece – with 42 day detention proposed by the former and pushed by the latter being a good example – but the part of the House of Commons in all this is where the real danger lies.

We have a government with a small majority and the end of its current term in sight.

No-one in the Labour ranks has the cojones to rock the boat and possibly lose their job.

So, the Commons is now like any other place of work with its workers facing ‘redundancy’ – which is ironic, given the current and very real fear amongst the nation’s workforce of being out of work – afraid to speak out and intent on not making waves.

New balls, please.

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2 Responses

  1. I agree, hats of to Dame Stella for having the courage to come forward and say what she truly believes. There are of course, other infringements on our liberties and right to privacy that she has not addressed, in time, I hope she will throw her weight behind those as well.

  2. […] recent interview of ex-MI5 head Stella Rimington got me thinking further about the erosion of our civil liberties […]

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