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Principles Matter
In breaking news, David Davis has announced that he is resigning his seat in Parliament to force a byelection and will be standing for reelection purely on the issue of yesterday's vote by the Commons in favour of 42 Days Detention Without Charge. It also appears that the Liberal Democrats will not be contesting his seat.

Many in the media will be accusing Mr Davis of grandstanding and playing party politics for his own benefit. That's a good story and will doubtless sell copy in some quarters. And what will once more be overlooked is the fundamental erosion of English liberties by a governing party for whom the threat of terrorism is nothing more than another excuse to extend their passion for control to every quarter of our lives.

We're already the most heavily taxed that we have ever been in our long history, ruled by a government which enforces its will with the aid of Scottish and Northern Irish MPs over whose constituencies English MPs have no say, monitored and spied upon in a manner unprecedented anywhere in the free world (easily on a par with many dictatorships), and now we're on the slippery slope to arbitrary detention without charge.

Does Gordon Brown wish to relive all the mistakes of King Charles I?


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feyeleanor From: feyeleanor Date: June 12th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC) (permanent link)
But are the 59 Labour MPs who'd be willing to sign their names to the death warrant ?;)
savantfoxt From: savantfoxt Date: June 14th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC) (permanent link)
It will be viewed as a stunt as it can have no bearing on the legislation, they need to be rousing the Lords to stop the bill.
It's ordinary people, the wealth creators, who bear the tax burden; The wealth accumulators are becoming obscenely rich as a result. Brown should be taxing the rich but I don't think he's got the balls.
feyeleanor From: feyeleanor Date: June 15th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC) (permanent link)
No, he much prefers taxing the working and middle classes into penury. Why the hell any government needs to take 53% of GDP in taxes is beyond me, unless the purpose is to bankrupt the country and destroy any reasonable expectation that the majority of people have in supporting themselves independently of the Nanny State. But that's a rant for another day.

At least the speculation that Kelvin McKenzie will be running against David Davis is putting some of the issues in the spotlight, although having the weight of the Sun behind the 42 Days legislation guarantees lots more uninformed knee-jerk support from their traditional readers.
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