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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
The case against Blair
by Peter

Courtesy of Good Liberal on the LDYS forum, here is a though-provoking piece from Samuel Brittan, which makes a good case against Blair (and inter alia David Davis)

A related charge against New Labour is an indifference to the traditions and procedures that underpin British freedom, such as jury trial, habeas corpus and the presumption of innocence. It is not so much that Mr Blair has made a careful case for suspending some of these procedures in an emergency. It is that he shows no feeling whatever for traditional British liberties.

In case you think this is over the top, this is what Blair told the Labour Party conference this year

For eight years I have battered the criminal justice system to get it to change. And it was only when we started to introduce special ASB laws, we really made a difference. And I now understand why: the system itself is the problem. We are trying to fight 21st-century crime - ASB, drug-dealing, binge-drinking, organised crime - with 19th-century methods, as if we still lived in the time of Dickens.

The whole of our system starts from the proposition that its duty is to protect the innocent from being wrongly convicted.

Guilty as charged!
posted by Apollo Project @ 4:31 pm  
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