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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thugs in the Land of Locke

The recent state's actions in the UK are what we would expect from a third-world dictatorship or the former Soviet Union. It seems that a Tory MP leaked some information that (surprise) revealed the government's incompetence. So the state arrested the MP and the civil servant who leaked the information to the MP. It turns out they also may have tried to entrap the MP. The cop who ordered the MP's arrest was the head of the anti-terrorism unit! There you have it folks: the chief of anti-terrorism is the state's enforcer for arresting opposition MPs.

Update: h/t Michael Cust who sent me the first link. My apologies Michael, but I posted this just before I went to bed. Michael is a libertarian blogger, but at this moment I am unable to find the link.

Posted by Moin A Yahya on November 30, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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Posted by: Michael Cust | 2008-11-30 8:47:44 AM


Wow, this was completely off my radar.
I read through those articles with my jaw on the ground (actually, with a cigarette in my mouth, but you know what I mean).

These and other recent events (is there an issue to which the UK government has addressed itself and not found the best solution to be a database?) have convinced me that Britain is no longer a free country but instead a police state.

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-11-30 11:46:24 AM


"h/t Michael Cust who sent me the first link. My apologies Michael, but I posted this just before I went to bed. Michael is a libertarian blogger, but at this moment I am unable to find the link."

Another night owl.

Cust blogs here at the Shotgun, but I believe he's also the English copy editor of the CCF's http://www.libertyincanada.com/ .

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-11-30 1:09:46 PM


As a rule, public servants who leak confidential information should be punished, as should journalists who publish what they know to be secret. The divulgence of government secrets, if not truly treasonous, goes quite far down that road. Betrayal of oaths and trust is not to be sanctioned and is exceedingly unprofessional.

If the welfare of the state is at grave risk and all legal methods at remediation fail, if law and order has failed on the issue and offers no redress, then the time has come for exposure. However, in almost all instances, these leaks are perpetrated solely with the aim of gaining political advantage, and the public good is the last thing on the betrayer's mind.

That said--it's sad to see this kind of Orwellian nonsense coming from the birthplace of the Western ideal of liberty. I don't think Englishmen had had their rights abused to this extent since the reign of Henry VIII.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-01-12 8:48:58 AM



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