Abolishing The Magna Carta: More New Labor Censorship

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  1. The Blair government is proposing to publish a list of "terrorist" incidents, the glorification of which, in speech or print, will be a criminal offense.

    If you speak up in favor of some particular episode of bloodshed or property damage that's not on the list, you are safe.

    If you say something that could be construed as a good word for the perpetrators of a listed event, you're a felon liable to serve five years in prison.

    This list will be tailored so as not to offend the sensibilities of those whom the Blair government is eager not to offend. Such as the provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army.

    Already we are told that [Home Sec'y] Clarke's listed events will not include anything Irish. Why? King William's campaign is life and breath to loyalist militants, as is the 1916 Easter Rising to Blair's pet insurrectionists, the IRA. Why should these groups be excused the law? Soon anyone who visits terror on the British people will negotiate a "listed events exclusion clause" as part of their final settlement.

    "This is an act of censorship worthy of Joseph Goebbels" by Simon Jenkins. 23 September 2005
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1576613,00.html

    How do they dare to propose a police state measure of such remarkable impudence?

    It's easy to see why they are so determined that only state officials and employees shall have firearms. Part-Time Pongo's sig line is correct: the government should be afraid of the citizenry. These people have no fear at all. No shame, either.
     
  2. I doubt such a ludicrous proposal will ever reach the statute book.

    And if it does?

    Well, thousands of us need to stage a public breach. My terrorist "glorification" would be my statement that, if someone wasted Bliar, I'd be drinking champagne.

    They can't arrest all of us!
     
  3. Reminds me of the Tracey Chapman song.....Talking about a Revolution!
     
  4. Well caught, NWD, and a very good reminder. Thanks for the heads-up! We should all take very good note!

    MsG
     
  5. It's apparently called off for the time being.

    The home secretary, Charles Clarke, last night abandoned his plan to introduce a widely drawn new offence of "glorifying terrorism" after criticism from lawyers and politicians that it would even catch supporters of Nelson Mandela and prove unworkable.

    Clarke Climbs Down On 'Glorifying Terror'
    Friday, October 07, 2005

    http://www.modoracle.com/?page=http://www.modoracle.com/news/detail.h2f?id=9351
     
  6. With you on this one. India Pale Ale, though. Some of us aren't champagne socialists.