This is a very worrying turn of events. Tony Blair has often been frustrated in his attempts to create a brave new world by annoying things like parliament and the legal process.
It would be so much easier for him to make the world perfect if we he didn’t have to worry about things like evidence, or proof of guilt etc. Then he could get anyone who he thought had broken the law (or disagreed with him or heckled him at a conference or read out the names of dead soldiers) and throw them in jail. Oh joy.
Add this to his almost fanatical desire to bring in ID cards and a national database and a pattern starts to emerge which I don’t feel comfortable with at all.
I am beginning to think that I have woken up in Orwell’s 1984.
What is his defence for this course of action? That it is what people want and that anyone who opposes it is “out of touch”. Firstly I don’t think that it is particularly popular. Secondly, even if it is popular it doesn’t make it right.
The Conservatives have always been the party of individual liberty, choice and freedom. I always find it amusing when commentators imply that a reduction in civil liberties is a “right wing” move. History shows that whenever a government or regime curtails civil liberties and personal freedoms it has been a left wing government. Stalin was a communist as was Mao Tse-Tung, Hitler was a National Socialist, the Khmer Rouge were communists and they were all oppressive regimes which sacrificed personal freedoms for a perceived greater good. Oh and they all killed millions.
The natural extension of right wing politics is less government, less state intervention and more reliance on loose groupings of individuals working together on a voluntary basis. Indeed one of the greatest criticisms of the right is that it does not provide enough state support. People criticise the right for being proponents of more state intervention and less state intervention! How can that be?
Big, intrusive government and state control are the tools of left wing leaders. This assault on the very freedoms and civil liberties that thousands of British, Commonwealth and Allied soldiers died to defend is at least in keeping with the left wing roots of the Labour party that Blair claims to lead.
I hope that the Labour party has the guts and foresight to kick him out of Number 10 before he does any permanent damage.