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Saturday, May 01, 2010

WITH ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE ELECTION, HERE IS A STORY FROM AN AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER..

This is completely off-topic, but I felt moved to share this article from an Australian newspaper with you.

BRITAIN appears to be evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state. As a sometime teacher of political science and international law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely. There are no concentration camps or gulags but there are thought police with unprecedented powers to dictate ways of thinking and sniff out heresy, and there can be harsh punishments for dissent. Nikolai Bukharin claimed one of the Bolshevik Revolution's principal tasks was "to alter people's actual psychology".

Britain is not Bolshevik, but a campaign to alter people's psychology and create a new Homo britannicus is under way without even a fig leaf of disguise.The Government is pushing ahead with legislation that will criminalise politically incorrect jokes, with a maximum punishment of up to seven years' prison. The House of Lords tried to insert a free-speech amendment, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw knocked it out. It was Straw who previously called for a redefinition of Englishness and suggested the "global baggage of empire" was linked to soccer violence by "racist and xenophobic white males". He claimed the English "propensity for violence" was used to subjugate Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and that the English as a race were "potentially very aggressive".

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/thought-police-muscle-up-in-britain/story-e6frg6zo-1225700363959

2 comments:

Dave said...

An interesting aspect of this election is how the government have got the media telling lies that a hung parliament would be bad for the UK. All three major parties are the same, so don't vote for them, intead, vote for real change. Obviously I can't tell you who to vote for, but I have voted Green. Their manifesto is slightly better and my local candidate is an environmental filmmaker who highlights the destruction of animals and habitat by the likes of Nestle. Time is right to oust the three main parties. Do it, otherwise an Orwellian nightmare approaches.

Chris Clark said...

Yes, that's what New Labour think of Old Labour: 'bigots' and racists. One thing puzzles me: if they have offended conservatives by their destruction of our institutions, liberals by their totalitarian habits and the old socialist base by their betrayal of socialism and the working class, who does that leave them? Or do I just not understand: perhaps one day I will wake up in tears of joy, like Winston Smith at the end of 1984, and realise that I truly love Gordon Brown?